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?
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?

The traditional Japanese university approach to mathematics is to provide students with technical training in a narrow field and make them write several papers. However, this is not the approach the Graduate School of Mathematics employs. One reason is because it is ineffective. It is more efficient in the study and research of mathematics to value each and every student’s unique character. Another reason we do not use this approach is that no one can predict what students will be doing in 10 or 20 years as researchers. Since we want our students to be productive researchers working in the dynamic field of mathematics, we offer various seminars and discussion meetings to cultivate an awareness of problems in the field among our students, in addition to providing them with the basic techniques required to engage in academic research.

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?