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The Regular M.A. Programme

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(i) Admission Requirements

See the section on General Admission Requirements. Most successful applicants have a standing of B+ or higher, a fact which reflects the number of good applicants to the programme. In addition to having sufficiently high standing, students are expected to have completed certain core courses in mathematics or statistics as undergraduates. Some students who lack the appropriate background, may still be admitted on condition that they take extra graduate or undergraduate courses.

(ii) Degree Requirements

Students must complete: the core course requirement; the thesis, survey paper or additional coursework requirement; and the seminar requirement. These are described below.

Core Courses Requirements

Each student is required to take one of the following sets of courses, to be chosen with the approval of the Programme Director. (The last digit in the course number indicates the number of credits).

(a) Pure Mathematics Stream: Algebra (6120 6.0), Functional Analysis I (6461 3.0) and either Measure Theory (6280 3.0) or General Topology I (6540 3.0).

(b) Applied Mathematics Stream: Four courses chosen from Ordinary Differential Equations (6340 3.0), Partial Differential Equations (6350 3.0), Functional Analysis I (6461 3.0), Advanced Numerical Methods (6651 3.0), Operations Research I (6900 3.0).

(c) Probability Stream: Mathematical Statistics (6620 3.0), Measure Theory (6280 3.0), Stochastic Calculus in Finance (6910 3.0), and either Stochastic Processes (6602 3.0) or Probability Models (6604 3.0).

(d) Theoretical Statistics Stream: Mathematical Statistics (6620 3.0), Generalized Linear Models (6622 3.0), Applied Statistics I (6630 3.0), and either Advanced Mathematical Statistics (6621 3.0) or Probability Theory (6605 3.0).

(e) Applied Statistics Stream: Mathematical Statistics (6620 3.0), Generalized Linear Models (6622 3.0), Applied Statistics I (6630 3.0), Applied Statistics II (6631 3.0), Practicum in Statistical Consulting (6627 3.0).

Thesis, Survey Paper or Additional Coursework Requirement

Each student must meet one of the following requirements:

(a) Write a M.A. thesis under the supervision of an approved faculty member, give an oral presentation to the programme, and defend it before an examining committee.

(b) Submit a survey paper written under a faculty advisor and give an oral presentation, and take six credits of additional coursework. A copy of the final version of the survey paper, with the faculty advisorís confirmation, has to be submitted to the programme one week after the oral presentation.

(c) Take twelve credits of additional coursework.

The courses selected to meet the above requirements must be graduate-level courses. Students may with permission use courses in other graduate programmes such as Computer Science, Physics and Astronomy or Economics to meet the requirements.

Masterís students who are enrolled in a thesis option must complete at least one full course (or equivalent) which is not integrated with an undergradaute course.

Masterís students who are enrolled in a course work or survey paper option must complete at least one and a half (or equivalent) courses, which are not integrated with an undergraduate course.

Graduate students may not take or receive credit for an integrated course at the graduate level if they took it at York or elsewhere at the undergraduate level.

NOTE: Thesis proposals must be forwarded for approval to the Dean of Graduate Studies not less than three months prior to the date set for the oral examination of the completed thesis. A copy of the Guidelines for the Preparation and Examination of Theses and Dissertations is available in N519 Ross or the Faculty of Graduate Studies Office, 283 York Lanes.

Graduate students doing Theses, in which research involving human participants occurs shall familiarize themselves with York University's policies about the use of human participants and with the SSHRC/NSERC/MRC Tri-Council Policy Statement "Ethical Conduct for Research involving Humans" (August, 1998). These can be found at the Office of Research Administration, S414 Ross Building or on the web at

All Thesis proposals must be submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies with a copy of the Faculty of Graduate Studies Human Participants Research Form attached. The Faculty of Graduate Studies Human Participants Research form is available in N519 Ross.

The Graduate Programme Director will recommend the membership of the Examining Committee to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. This recommendation must be accompanied by one copy of the thesis, and along with other documentation as listed in the "Guidelines for the Preparation and Examination of Theses and DissertationsíĎ, must reach the Faculty of Graduate Studies Office not less than than three weeks before the date set for the oral. This deadline is strictly enforced by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Seminar Requirement

In addition to the above, students who choose option (a), (b), (c) or (d) as their core course requirement must fulfill the seminar requirement (6004.00). Students who choose option (e) are exempt as they do the Practicum in Statistical Consulting (6627 3.0) in place of this. To fulfill the seminar requirement students must present two one-hour seminars. For each seminar, the topic is chosen in conjuction with a faculty member, who will then grade the talk on a pass-fail basis. Topics can be chosen from any branch of mathematics, but should not be taken directly from the student's coursework, survey paper or thesis, although they can be related to such material. In addition to giving the talks, students must attend the talks of other students in the Seminar. Documented evidence of attendance at six such talks is required. Attendance sheets are available in N519 Ross.

Students may substitute another half-course for the seminar if they are pursuing their M.A. by Survey Paper or by Thesis. Students completing their M.A. by courses can replace the seminar requirement with another half-course only if one of their four courses toward the degree is the Practicum in Statistical Consulting (Mathematics & Statistics 6627 3.0).

(iii) Residence Requirements

There are no formal residence requirements but full- time students are expected to pay fees for three terms (one calendar year). This is the normal completion time for the M.A. degree. According to Faculty regulations, beyond the second year of study, students are automatically converted to part-time, and they are not eligible for financial support.

Full-time students may not be absent from the campus without the permission of the Programme Director for more than four weeks of any term in which they are registered.