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?
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?

From a screening standpoint, it is definitely not easy to evaluate students coming from other undergraduate programs. However, the basic policy of the Graduate Schools is to use the entrance examination to gauge whether or not students will excel after enrolling. Some universities may have curricula that lean heavily in one direction or another. Therefore, we place weight on whether students can understand the fundamentals, such as calculus and linear algebra. During selection, students from other universities seeking enrollment at the Graduate School will be positively assessed for their proactive nature. We believe that studying the wide-ranging discipline of mathematics in an entirely different environment, even if just for two years at the Master’s level, is a big plus. Even if your test scores were poor, do not be disappointed. Please contact a Pre-Advisor and continue studying. Some students have shown amazing progress after studying hard for several months.

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?