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

Admission

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?
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?
A13

One feature of education in the Graduate School of Mathematics is that students can easily receive guidance from several Advisors. For example, Advisors can introduce students to other faculty members more suited to offer advice or students can make initial contact with various faculty members during their office hours. Having access to multiple faculty members, rather than only receiving advice from one Advisor, raises students’awareness of various issues and enables them to acquire various mathematical skills. Furthermore, students in educational research projects can conduct research with a network of researchers coming from both inside and outside the Graduate School and present it, thereby enhancing their potential.

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?