Office of the Registrar
School of Graduate Studies (2012/2013)
29.24 Mathematics and Statistics
  • Professor and Head of the Department
  • E. Goodaire

The degrees of Master of Applied Statistics (see appropriate calendar entry), Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy are offered in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The Masters' degrees are offered by full-time and part-time studies. The Department also participates in the interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Theoretical Physics.

29.24.1 Program of Study

The following regulations should be read in conjunction with the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.

  1. Candidates shall be assigned a supervisory committee consisting of the Supervisor (or Co-Supervisors) and at least two other members of faculty appointed by the Dean on the recommendation of the Head.

  2. A candidate shall complete at least 6 credit hours in graduate courses in the area of specialization. Candidates not holding a Masters Degree shall, in addition, complete, or have already completed successfully, the course requirements for a Memorial University of Newfoundland Master's Degree in mathematics or in statistics, as appropriate. Any candidate may be required to take additional courses.

  3. The Comprehensive Examination consists of two parts, called the “qualifying review” and the “intermediate review”. Successful completion of both the qualifying and intermediate reviews constitutes successful completion of the Comprehensive Examination in the sense of General Regulation Comprehensive Examinations.

    1. The qualifying review consists of written examinations and takes place as soon as the Supervisory Committee deems appropriate, but not later than the end of the candidate’s third semester in the doctoral program. Its main purpose is to ensure that the candidate has a reasonably broad general knowledge of mathematics or of statistics, as appropriate.

    2. The intermediate review consists of an oral presentation on the candidate’s thesis topic followed by an oral examination based on the presentation although questions of a general nature relating to the field of specialization are also permitted. It must take place no later than the end of the candidate’s seventh semester in the doctoral program. Its purpose is to ensure that the candidate has specialized knowledge in his/her chosen area sufficient to do original research of a high level.

More details concerning the Department’s comprehensive examinations can be obtained from the Department.

29.24.2 Specific Regulations for the Ph.D. in Mathematics

A Master’s Degree in mathematics or related area from a recognized university is normally required for entry into the Ph.D. program. Students holding a Bachelor’s Degree (Honours or equivalent) in mathematics may be considered for direct admission into the Ph.D. program. Students currently registered in Memorial University of Newfoundland’s M.Sc. program in mathematics may request a transfer into a Ph.D. program. Such transfer must be supported by the intended Ph.D. supervisory committee and the Graduate Studies Committee.

29.24.3 Specific Regulations for the Ph.D. in Statistics

A Master’s Degree in statistics from a recognized university is normally required for entry into the Ph.D. program. Students currently registered in Memorial University of Newfoundland’s MAS or M.Sc. program in statistics may request a transfer into a Ph.D. program. Such transfer must be supported by the intended Ph.D. supervisory committee and the Graduate Studies Committee.

In addition to general Departmental requirements, each candidate for the Ph.D. in statistics will be required to present at least one paper at a graduate seminar on a topic to be approved by his or her Supervisor.

Table of Credit Restrictions for Present Mathematics Courses with Former Mathematics Courses

(Credit may be obtained for only one course from each of the pairs of courses listed in this table.)

Present Course

Former Course

Present Course

Former Course

6323

6030

6212

6080

6321

6032

6310

6130

6322

6035

6330

6200

6340

6040

6331

6210

6341

6041

6332

6350

6342

6042

6312

6500

29.24.4 Courses

A selection of the following graduate courses will be offered to meet the requirements of candidates, as far as the resources of the Department will allow:

  • Mathematics
  • 6100 Dynamical Systems
  • 6101 Modern Perturbation Theory
  • 6102 Mathematical Biology
  • 6104 Infinite Dimensional Dynamical Systems
  • 6110-6119 Special Topics in Applied Mathematics
  • 6120 Theoretical Fluid Dynamics
  • 6121 Functional Differential Equations
  • 6130 Introduction to General Relativity
  • 6160 Partial Differential Equations
  • 6201 Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations
  • 6202-6209 Special Topics in Numerical Analysis
  • 6210 Numerical Solution of Differential Equations (for Computational Science students only - required core course)
  • 6212 Numerical Methods for Initial Value Problems
  • 6300 Algebraic Topology I (Homology Theory)
  • 6301 Algebraic Topology II (Homotopy Theory)
  • 6302 Algebraic Topology III (Theory of Fibre Bundles)
  • 6304-6309 Special Topics in Topology
  • 6310 Functional Analysis
  • 6311 Complex Analysis
  • 6312 Measure Theory
  • 6313 Functional Analysis II
  • 6315-6319 Special Topics in Analysis
  • 6320 Group Theory
  • 6321 Ring Theory
  • 6322 Nonassociative Algebra
  • 6323 Homological Algebra
  • 6324-6329 Special Topics in Algebra
  • 6330 Analytic Number Theory
  • 6331 Algebraic Number Theory
  • 6332 Point Set Topology
  • 6340 Graph Theory
  • 6341 Combinatorial Design Theory
  • 6342 Advanced Enumeration
  • 6343-6349 Special Topics in Combinatorics
  • 6351 Advanced Linear Algebra
  • 6910 Topology Seminar
  • 6940 Analysis Seminar
  • 6950 Algebra Seminar
  • Statistics
  • 6500 Probability (credit restricted with former 6586)
  • 6503 Stochastic Processes
  • 6505 Survival Analysis
  • 6510 Mathematical Statistics
  • 6520 Linear Models
  • 6530 Generalized Linear Longitudinal Mixed Models
  • 6540 Time Series Analysis
  • 6545 Statistical Computing
  • 6550 Nonparametric Statistics
  • 6560 Continuous Multivariate Analysis
  • 6561 Categorical Data Analysis
  • 6563 Sampling Theory
  • 6570-6589 Selected Topics in Statistics and Probability (excluding 6586)
  • 6930 Statistics Seminar
29.24.5 Specific Regulations for the Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics

The Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics is an interdisciplinary program offered jointly with the Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography. The regulations for this program are described under the Regulations Governing the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy - Theoretical Physics