Graduate Studies at University of Waterloo

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Computational Mathematics

Graduate Studies at University of Waterloo

Faculty:Faculty of Mathematics
Field of Study:Computational Mathematics
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:12 Month(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $10,000

This cost estimate represents the tuition for the first year.


Mathematical models arise in a wide variety of fields, including weather forecasting, engineering, business and finance, science, and medicine. The application of computer methods to simulate such models has revolutionized these fields and is one of the most significant achievements of the computer age. Until recently, models and the corresponding software tools were primarily developed by practitioners in the application area (for example, by engineers, scientists, finance graduates). Because of the growing complexity of the models and the exploding power of computers, however, there is now a significant demand for specialists who thoroughly understand the theoretical issues in computational mathematics. These specialists must be able to design new algorithms which cope with the computational demands of the simulations, and to develop robust software to implement these algorithms.

Computational Mathematics at the University of Waterloo is an innovative, multidisciplinary program whose focus lies in the intersection of mathematics and computer science. Students in the program are exposed to a range of theme areas within the discipline - selecting two areas for further specialization - and learn one area of application. Graduates of the program will be able to deploy effectively a wide range of mathematical and computational techniques to solve large problems in science, industry and commerce; to develop, enhance and maintain the relevant software tools; and to communicate results of complex modeling and simulation to end-users.


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  • An overall 78% average or its equivalent for undergraduate work.
  • A 4-year honours bachelor's degree or its equivalent with specialization in some area of the mathematical, statistical and computer sciences. Note: graduates of other quantitative and mathematically oriented programs are also encouraged to apply; this includes, but is not restricted to, graduates of commerce, economics, engineering, finance, and any of the physical sciences. The department graduate committee will determine the suitability of each student’s background for success in this program.
  • Application Notes :
  • Résumé
  • Supplementary information form
  • Transcript(s)
  • 3 references, normally from academic sources.
  • English language proficiency (ELP) (if applicable)
  • * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on September 30, 2022