Kilgore_Trout wrote:Yeah I have a friends who bombed PGRE but are smart and have a good application. They are applying to some schools up in Canada. There are actually some really good programs up thereand they don't look at the PGRE at all. They can be a bit different since I think you apply for a masters and then you try to get accepted into the phd track. Def worth looking into. I would email a couple of departments to get definitve answers on how phd admission and funding works.
Sats wrote:I actually have looked at Canada a bit. I was hoping to apply to McGill or U Montréal where my french proficiency might mean something haha. I will definitely put more attention into that. Do you think I might try looking into those for mathematics as well? I'm not sure if my profile is up to snuff compared to some Canadian students, but I was definitely planning on shooting an application to McGill at the very least.
Do any of you guys have experience with these universities, mathematics, physics, or otherwise? (Aside from how cold it is haha)
MathCat wrote:I have a friend doing math phys at McGill, and I think the program is quite good. It is one of the more competitive universities in the country, and I'm not sure if your physics GPA would hurt you or not. I think UBC (in Vancouver - not cold!) is pretty good in physics. It's also one of the more competitive universities.
The schools that come to mind when I think of 'good schools' in Canada are UBC, Toronto, McGill, Waterloo (especially for math), Montreal, Ottawa, Victoria, and maybe Dalhousie or Simon Fraser? But there may be others, and I don't know about their strengths in physics in particular.
edit: Forgot to mention the ones in Alberta: Calgary and UAlberta are strong universities too. And FYI Simon Fraser and Victoria are also not cold places.
Sats wrote:I looked into it a bit, and noticed that the minimum for admittance is a B+, which is ~3.3 (I think). Barely breaking the minimum isn't super impressive, but I'd hope that my other majors might offset that at least somewhat.
I know that UBC, Toronto, and McGill are top 3, but aside from Montreal/Waterloo, I've not heard of the others in context of world ranking. But I'm not sure.
In Mathematics, my training is mostly in the direction of application to physics. (I took complex variables, group theory, modelling, weird combinations and not on one track). Do you think that Math and any of these canadian schools is feasible? I'm not sure if there's an applied math/mathematical physics track yet, I'd have to research that a little bit first...
I've never heard of Victoria, I'll check that one out!
Sats wrote:I've been looking around at some Applied Mathematics/Mathematical Physics programs and it seems like U Toronto has the best selection in that area. With regards to that program, is it true that they would really not need the MGRE? I guess is it worth my time to look there in that department with my credentials?
I suppose I'd need to start looking at specific professors and contacting them since (at least for Physics at McGill) you need to have someone squared away willing to take you to even have a shot. D'you guys have any experience dealing with this?