Program Requirements

Mathematics Programs

The department counts many of Canada's leading research mathematicians among its faculty. Our mathematics programs are flexible, allowing students to select courses based on specialization and interest. Contents range from calculus and linear algebra in the non-specialist programs to more advanced topics such as real and complex analysis, ordinary and partial differential equations, differential geometry, topology, commutative algebra, graph theory, mathematical logic, number theory, and functional analysis.

In the Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Mathematics and Physics, and Mathematics and Philosophy specialist programs, students acquire an in-depth knowledge and expertise in mathematical reasoning and the language of mathematics, with its emphasis on rigor and precision. These programs are designed for students wishing to pursue graduate studies; most of the graduates of these programs continue on to graduate school with some of them gaining admission to the world’s best graduate schools.

The Mathematical Applications in Economics and Finance specialist program is designed to prepare students for direct entry into the world of finance. It can also serve as a gateway to an MBA or a Master of Finance degree, possibly followed by an eventual doctorate.

The Mathematics and its Applications specialist programs offer three areas of concentration: teaching, physical science, and probability/statistics. These specialist programs are designed as 'enhanced double majors.' The required courses for these concentrations are almost identical for the first two years, but they diverge in the upper years. Students in these programs can also continue on to graduate studies.

The Major and Minor programs are intended for students who want to combine mathematical skills with work in other subjects. These programs require less coursework than the specialist programs, but still require the completion of some upper year mathematics courses. 

Students interested in becoming K-12 teachers should consider applying to the combined degree program — a six-year program that leads to an Honours Bachelor of Science (HBSc) from the University of Toronto and a Master of Teaching (MT) from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE).  The HBSc part of this program involves completing a Math Major, a Minor in Education and Society (offered by Victoria College) and a Minor in an area that would lead to a second "teachable" subject.  Please see the Victoria College website for more information.

How to Apply to Programs

Sidney Smith Commons provides a detailed guide on how to apply to programs

You may also complete the following instructions: 

Open Programs (Formerly Type 1)

Open programs don’t have any specific courses required for enrolment. As long as you are on your way to competing 4.0 credits, you can apply to an open programs. 

Enrolment Requirments

  • Completion of 4.0 credits. If you have not completed your 4.0 credits, you can still apply. We expect that you will complete 4.0 credits by the time you are accepted into the program. 

How to Apply

  1. No application required. You can directly enrol in open programs using ACORN.
  2. Go to the Arts & Science Calendar and find the program you are interested in.
  3. Note down the program code listed next to the program name. For example, the Art History major code is ASMAJ0908.
  4. Log on to ACORN.
  5. Select Academics — Enrol & Manage — Program.
  6. Select “Add a Program”.
  7. Enter the Program code.
  8. Confirm your enrolment.
  9. Once you are enrolled in the Program, check your status to make sure it says “ACTIVE - You are enrolled in this Program”.