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Graduate courses in mathematics

As a graduate student in the département de mathématiques et de statistique, you must take certain courses. To this end, our Department offers several graduate courses. In addition, it is possible to take graduate-level courses at other Montreal universities. A non-exhaustive list of such courses is available on the website of the Institute of Mathematical Sciences. In order to register for a course outside UdeM, you must apply for an inter-university transfer authorization (AEHE). Please note that if our Department offers a course equivalent to a course elsewhere, you must choose the former. Finally, if you are a master's student, it is possible to take some undergraduate courses with the approval of the program director.

Specific requirements

Below is a brief description of the course requirements for each program. For a more detailed discussion, please see the practical guide of the master's program or the practical guide of the doctoral program, as applicable.

 

Master’s Pure mathematics

16 credits distributed as follows:

  • Block 70A (12-16 credits): graduate courses of acronym MAT. The full list of courses in this block can be found here, and the list of courses currently offered here.
  • Block 70B (0-4 credits, with the approval of the program director): graduate courses from other disciplines, other universities, or undergraduate courses of 2nd or 3rd year with the acronym MAT.

Your course choices must include at least 3 graduate-level credits in three of the following areas: algebra, analysis, number theory, topology, geometry, probability.

Note. In practice, it is possible to take 12 credits from block 70A (three courses of 4 credits each) and 8 credits from block 70B (two courses of 4 credits each).

Master’s Applied mathematics

16 credits distributed as follows:

  • Block 71A (10-16 credits): graduate courses with the acronym MAT, ACT or STT. The full list of courses in this block can be found here, and the list of courses currently offered here.
  • Block 71B (0-6 credits, with the approval of the program director): graduate courses from other disciplines or from other universities, or undergraduate courses of 2nd or 3rd year with the acronym MAT.

Your course choices must include at least 3 graduate-level credits in three of the following areas: algebra, analysis, numerical analysis, differential equations, probability, biomathematics, data science.

Note. In practice, it is possible to distribute your credits as follows:

  • 18 credits from block 73A (three courses of 4 credits, and two courses of 3 credits);
  • 12 credits from block 71A (three courses of 4 credits) and 6 credits from block 71B (two courses of 3 credits);
  • 11 credits from block 71A (two courses of 4 credits and one course of 3 credits) and 6 to 8 credits from block 71B (two courses of 3 or 4 credits);
  • 10 credits from block 71A (two courses of 3 credits and one course of 4 credits) and 6 to 8 credits from block 71B (two courses of 3 or 4 credits).
Master’s Actuarial science

Thesis mode: 16 credits distributed as follows:

  • MM-bloc 73A (10-16 credits): graduate courses with the acronym ACT, MAT or STT. The full list of courses in this block can be found here, and the list of courses currently offered here.
  • MM-bloc 73B (0-6 credits, with the approval of the program director): graduate courses from other disciplines or from other universities, or undergraduate courses of 2nd or 3rd year with the acronym ACT, MAT or STT.

Note. In practice, it is possible to distribute your credits as follows:

  • 18 credits from block MM-73A (three courses of 4 credits each, and two courses of 3 credits each);
  • 12 credits from block MM-73A (three courses of 4 credits each) and 6 credits from block 73B (two courses of 3 credits);
  • 11 credits from block MM-73A (two courses of 4 credits and one course of 3 credits) and 6 to 8 credits from block MM-73B (two courses of 3 or 4 credits each)
  • 10 credits from block MM-73A (two courses of 3 credits and one course of 4 credits) and 6 to 8 credits from block MM-73B (two courses of 3 or 4 credits each).

Internship mode: 24 credits distributed as follows:

  • S-bloc 73A (15-24 credits): graduate courses with the acronym ACT, MAT or STT. The full list of courses in this block can be found here, and the list of courses currently offered here.
  • S-bloc 73B (0-9 credits, with the approval of the program director): graduate courses from other disciplines or other universities, or undergraduate courses of 2nd or 3rd year with the acronym ACT, MAT or STT, with the additional restriction that it is not possible to take more than 6 undergraduate course credits.

Note. In practice, it is possible to take 15 credits from block S-73A and 9-12 credits from block S-73B (three courses of 3 or 4 credits each).

PhD Pure mathematics

12 credits distributed as follows:

  • Block 70A (8-12 credits): graduate courses with the acronym MAT. The full list of courses in this block can be found here, and the list of courses currently offered here.
  • Block 70B (0-6 credits, with the approval of the program director): graduate courses from other disciplines or universities.
PhD Applied mathematics

12 credits distributed as follows:

  • Block 71A (8-12 credits): graduate courses with the acronym MAT, ACT or STT. The full list of courses in this block can be found here, and the list of courses currently offered here.
  • Block 71B (0-6 credits, with the approval of the program director): graduate courses from other disciplines or universities.
PhD Actuarial science and financial mathematics

12 credits distributed as follows:

  • Block 75A (6-12 credits): certain graduate courses with the acronym ACT, MAT or STT in the fields of actuarial science, financial mathematics, probability, and data science. The full list of courses in this block can be found here, and the list of courses currently offered here.
  • Block 75B (0-8 credits): certain graduate courses with the acronym MAT (the complete list can be found here).
  • Block 75C (0-6 credits, with the approval of the program manager): graduate courses from other disciplines or universities.

Note. In practice, it is possible to take 6 credits from Block 75A (two courses of 3 credits each) and 8 credits from Block 75C (two courses of 4 credits each).

Notes.

  • It is possible to take additional credits to those required by your program as "cours en surplus". Your choices must be declared in your plan global d’études and approved by your research director and by the director of the graduate studies in mathematics.
  • You must complete all course requirements while being registered as a full-time student. However, it is possible to take a single course required from your program structure or a “cours en surplus” during your first term of being registered "en redaction”.

Courses in French as a second language

A full-time registered international student, whose mother tongue is not French, can take part-time courses in French as a second, offered in the evenings or on Saturdays. To register for such a course, students must first register for a placement test. Then, upon receipt of an email confirming their level of oral and written French, they can register for a French course through their department by contacting their graduate studies secretary (TGDE). The course fees will be listed on the same invoice as the tuition fees for the study program. Additional fees of $25 per credit (or $75 for a 45-hour part-time course) are billed by the Faculty of Continuing Education (FEP).

For more details on French courses as well as on how to register, visit the website of the école de langues.

Admission to graduate studies in mathematics

Thank you for your interest in our graduate programs in mathematics. On this page, you will find all the information you need to prepare your application for admission.

Deadlines

Admission term Application deadline
Winter June 1
Fall February 1

Preparatory steps

  1. Make sure you meet all the eligibility requirements for the master's or doctoral program, as applicable. Please also verify that your diplomas meet the formal requirements of the Université de Montréal.
  2. Consult the research axes of our department and contact the professors whose research interests you.
  3. Find out about the available financial support.
  4. If you are an international student, visit the website of the Office of International Students (BEI) for useful information.
  5. If you are applying for a fast-track admission to the doctoral program, inform yourself about the additional steps that you need to follow.
  6. If you want to do a joint PhD between the Université de Montréal and another institution, inform yourself of the procedure to follow.

Procedure for submitting an admission request

  1. Complete the Université de Montréal admission form. (Contrary to what the ESP website states, the deadline for submitting an application for admission in the winter semester is June 1 for the master's and doctoral programs in mathematics.)
  2. Complete the form on research experiences and interests of the département de mathématiques et de statistique.
  3. Obtain a copy of your official transcript* as well as a copy of the official diploma parchment or document.
  4. Ask two referees to provide letters of recommendation (sent directly by them through the ESP system as explained here). We prefer that the referees do not use the special ESP format for their letter but write it in free format.
  5. Upload your entire admission file to your Student Center. Following the problems with the Covid-19 pandemic, documents should not be sent by post.

*If it is too early for you to submit your final grades, you must send in the partial grades that you have received and then complete your application as soon as possible once you have your final grades.

Comprehensive Examination in Statistics

Written examination