- Can I switch advisors if my interests change?
Yes, we fully expect students' (and our faculty's) interests to change over time. It is not uncommon for students to change advisors or topics after completing a master's degree.
- Can I have two advisors?
Yes, you can have an advisor and a co-advisor.
- Can I have an advisor from outside the department?
Yes, but you must also have a department faculty member serve internal advisor as well. Outside advisors must be approved by the department.
- Can I have committee members from outside the department?
Yes, but you must have at least two department faculty members on your committee. Outside committee members must be approved by the department.
- Can I use a course from outside the department as an elective?
Yes, you may use one course from outside the department as an elective, but not all courses will be accepted. The specific course must be approved in advance by the Director of Graduate Studies.
- Can I take a course not on the list of approved electives as an elective?
Yes, but not all courses will be accepted. The specific course must be approved in advance by the Director of Graduate Studies. Topics courses or seminars will be approved as electives only if the student does substantial work beyond the normal workload for a seminar.
- Under what circumstances am I required to fulfill the foreign language requirement?
Only students in the areas of Computational Math and Theory are required to fulfill the language requirement. The specific statement of the language requirement can be found here. The foreign language requirement is administered as part of the candidacy exam, so students in Computational Math and Theory should discuss this requirement with their advisors during their third or fourth year.