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Applied Mathematics

University of Waterloo

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The University of Waterloo offers a phd in Applied Mathematics.


Modern society has been shaped by a long tradition of mutual inspiration and enrichment between Mathematics and the Sciences.

In this tradition, the Department of Applied Mathematics offers its graduate students opportunities for study in the areas of Control Theory and Dynamical Systems, Fluid Mechanics, Mathematical Medicine and Biology, Mathematical Physics, and Scientific Computation. Our students' research projects involve cutting-edge applications of mathematical theory in a broad range of fundamental and applied sciences. These applications include, for instance, cancer therapy optimization, control of shape memory alloys, fractal image processing, quantum computing, and the study of climate variability, inflationary cosmology, and nanotechnology.

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The Department of Applied Mathematics at University of Waterloo is one of five units that comprise the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo, which was ranked 20th worldwide in the 2015 QS University Rankings for mathematics. Graduate students in the department benefit from our close links with the Faculties of Science and Engineering, the Centre for Mathematical Medicine, the Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience, the Institute for Quantum Computing, the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology, the Water Institute, and the Centre for Computational Mathematics in Industry and Commerce.


Officially accredited/recognized by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Ontario, University of Waterloo (UW) is a large (enrollment range: 25,000-29,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. University of Waterloo (UW) offers courses and programs leading to officialy recognized higher education degrees such as undergraduate certificates/diplomas, bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. UW also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, sport facilities and/or activities, study abroad and exchange programs, as well as administrative services.

Programme Structure

Graduate research fields
  • Control and Dynamical Systems
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Mathematical and Medicine Biology
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Scientific Computation

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TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Transcripts
  • Three academic reference letters
  • Resume: include full details of your university education (institutions, duration, degrees, grade point averages), any work experience, research experience, publications, awards and fellowships, any relevant additional information; normally no more than two pages
  • Supplementary Information Form: complete your SIF online in Quest. The form can be saved multiple times, then finally submitted. Note that the SIF will time out after 10 minutes of inactivity in Quest, so prepare your answers in advance.
  • English Language Proficiency Certification: required for most international applicants; visit the ELP webpage for minimum scores and acceptable tests; for TOEFL scores, the department requires at least 600 overall (paper-based test) and at least 90 overall (internet-based test)
  • GRE test scores are not required 

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810 - 1447 CAD /month
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