Combinatorics and Optimization, Master | University of Waterloo | Waterloo, Canada
24 months
15392 AUD/year
4508 AUD/year
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We offer a master degree in Combinatorics and Optimization at University of Waterloo. Combinatorics is the study of discrete structures, and related algorithms. We might be interested in these things for their own sake, or because of potential applications to real world problems. Optimization deals with determining the values of variables that maximize or minimize an objective.


Research and teaching in our Combinatorics and Optimization department at University of Waterloo emphasizes six areas: algebraic combinatorics, combinatorial/discrete optimization, continuous optimization, cryptography, graph theory, and quantum computing. 

Key Features 

  • At other universities, these subjects would lie in mathematics, computer science or operation research departments, but at Waterloo we find that they fit together very well, and cross fertilize each other in ways you might not at first expect. 
  • Thus students in quantum computing may use tools from continuous optimization, while effective algorithms for combinatorial optimization can depend on sophisticated ideas from graph theory.

Programme Structure

Graduate research fields

  • Algebraic Combinatorics
  • Continuous Optimization
  • Cryptography
  • Discrete Optimization
  • Graph Theory
  • Quantum Computing

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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45 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A four-year Honours Bachelor degree or its equivalent in mathematics or in a closely related field with a 78% overall average or its equivalent for undergraduate work.
  • Applicants from foreign countries must normally take the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) General Test and Subject Tests.
  • Three references, normally from academic sources
  • Proof of English language proficiency, if applicable. TOEFL 90 (writing 25, speaking 25), IELTS 7.0 (writing 6.5, speaking 6.5)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15392 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7696 AUD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    4508 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2254 AUD per semester during 24 months.

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810 - 1447 CAD /month
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