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Top Canadian grad schools (pure math)?

  1. Jan 26, 2009 #1
    Most people on here are American and so usually most of the talk is about American grad schools, but since I'm Canadian I'm wondering what the best Canadian grad schools are for pure math? And how hard would it be to get into these programs compared to, let's say, the top 10 American Universities?
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  3. Jan 26, 2009 #2
    University of Toronto
    University of British Columbia.

    Probably in that order. It would be hard to get in, but somewhat easier than the American counterparts. Ie. youd still need virtually As and Bs.
  4. Jan 28, 2009 #3
    Cool, thanks a bunch!
  5. Jan 29, 2009 #4
    I know this is a bit off topic but what about german universities? I've heard that Germany is a good alternative to the US for physics and maths.
  6. Jan 29, 2009 #5
    I definitely wouldn't ignore waterloo for pure math
  7. Jan 30, 2009 #6
    For math? I don't know. Science and engineering yes. Not sure about math.
  8. Jan 30, 2009 #7


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    But how would you know, khemix? Very recently you have started a thread that clearly demonstrates your lack of experience in math, yet here you are dishing out advice about graduate schools?

    For what it's worth, Waterloo has an extremely strong combinatorics group and very strong analysis (operator algebras & harmonic analysis) and number theory groups; this is common knowledge in the Canadian mathematics community.

    In general I would say that there is no "top" math graduate school, but that instead there are a lot of top people at a lot of different places. So to the original poster I would say: Formulate a list of topics that you have found interesting and could imagine yourself specializing in; then ask around your department to figure out where the "hot spots" for these topics are are. That would result in a much higher quality of feedback than you would obtain from an internet forum such as this.
  9. Jan 30, 2009 #8
    future_phd how are you doing in the term? I remember your post a while back about being in 2A right now.

    What dvs says is right, although I don't think our combinatorics group is as strong as it used to be. Brian Forrest is an extremely approachable person to talk to for pure math questions, hes also quite the analyst.
  10. Jan 30, 2009 #9
    Based on what exactly do you say this? Have you compared the # of published papers from one year to another? The # of papers published in top publications? The # of citations retraceable to the group?
  11. Jan 30, 2009 #10
    Woah I'm just starting my third semester as well, I've never read an academic paper.
    I'm just restating opinions held by most of the upper years that are in our department.
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