How does the PhD system in Canada compare to the US

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temporaryacct
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How does the PhD system in Canada compare to the US

Post by temporaryacct » Tue Jun 25, 2019 3:11 pm

I'm an undergrad (liberal arts) that is planning on applying to math PhD programs and eventually being a math professor (hopefully). Many people have told me to go straight into PhD programs. This seems to be more or less the norm in the US, but looking at the sites of schools like UWaterloo, UBC, Simon Fraser, etc., it seems like they highly recommend having a masters first.

Is the masters in Canada similar to the first couple years of PhD programs in the US and then the PhD is equivalent to the dissertation portion of the PhD, or are you expected to a masters and then a full 5-7 year PhD program?

Also, how do the applications compare to the US?

kieroda
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Re: How does the PhD system in Canada compare to the US

Post by kieroda » Wed Jun 26, 2019 12:05 am

Masters programs in Canada are pretty much equivalent to the first two years of a US PhD, and Canadian PhD programs generally take 3-4 years rather than 5-6. The only real difference is, depending on the masters program, you might do a full masters thesis in Canada prior to doing your PhD.

Applications are pretty similar in my experience.

Joe VL
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Re: How does the PhD system in Canada compare to the US

Post by Joe VL » Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:52 pm

So, I understand the following:
In Canada go for a Masters first, do NOT go straight for the Phd.
In US you might wanna go straight for the Phd.

petrokov
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Re: How does the PhD system in Canada compare to the US

Post by petrokov » Sat Nov 23, 2019 3:54 pm

That's correct. Also, many Canadian schools expect you to pay tuition, which is not a thing in the USA.



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