Graduate School of Mathematics, Nagoya University
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Update: 2012/09/28


FAQ on entering the Graduate School of Mathematics

Q1 What kinds of lectures and courses does the School offer?
Q2 How much freedom will I have in selecting my research topic?

You are free to select the research topic of your choice to enable you to take full advantage of the Graduate School’s resources. We welcome young people who can speak their minds, not young people who can only do what they are told. Ramsey, who is known for his graph theory, began his career researching foundational theory, while Minsky, a pioneer of computer science, graduated from the mathematics department at Princeton University.

Even if you do not excel to these levels, you will need to think “outside the box” to engage in mathematics research. The Graduate School does not limit the scope of student research at the outset. Rather, we encourage you to explore resources on mathematical thinking. To enroll in the Graduate School of Mathematics, all you really need is a love of mathematics.

Q3 I’m a student in the Department of Physics. Can I enroll in the Graduate School of Mathematics?
Q4 Is there any disadvantage if I am coming from another university?
Q5 I am not completely certain about what area of study I want to pursue? Can I still apply?
Q6 I want to become a mathematics researcher. What kind of support will the Graduate School of Mathematics offer to this end?
Q7 I plan to find a job once I graduate. Would it be meaningful for me to spend two years at the Graduate School of Mathematics?
Q8 I am interested in computers. Will studying at the Graduate School of Mathematics interfere with this interest?
Q9 What are Advisors and Pre-Advisors?
Q10 How can I go about getting loans?
Q11 I heard that the Graduate School of Mathematics no longer requires a Master’s Thesis. Is this true?
Q12 The specialized education in graduate schools at other universities focuses on seminars with individual guidance. What kind of specialized education does the Graduate School of Mathematics offer?
Q13 I heard that Advisors’specializations sometimes do not match students’ areas of interest. How does the Graduate School ensure that students receive expert guidance in these cases?
Q14 How should we pursue independent study?
Q15 Is it possible to obtain a teaching license (just) during the Master’s Course?
Q16 Why did the Graduate School of Mathematic undertake such drastic academic reforms?