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?
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?

Generally speaking, the answer is yes. One reason is that, at the graduate level, the university no longer has a monopoly on knowledge. While some people may disregard universities in this respect, the fact is that society today needs people with advanced knowledge and a sense of judgment, so it goes without saying that people who have undergone this kind of basic training are better equipped to succeed.

The curriculum in the Graduate School of Mathematics has not been designed to cram students full of knowledge over a two-year period. Our aim is to instill in them good habits for approaching problems by providing them with basic training. Some people may question what you can achieve in a course of two or three years, but two or three years is all it takes for children to learn the basics of their mother tongue and develop the linguistic skills that will last them a lifetime. Also see A8 below.

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?