Candidates are required to submit and be examined on a research thesis supervised by one of the core faculty of the program. Selection of the research topic is made by the student together with her/his supervisor and graduate supervisory committee (typically three core faculty members including the supervisor). About two thirds of the work towards the degree is represented by a thesis research project. Most candidates will spend up to two years to complete, submit and be examined on a thesis describing their research.
Course work counts for about one-third of the work towards the degree, and a grade of at least B- (70) must be obtained in each of the graduate courses. Each student must satisfactorily complete at least four one-term modelling courses, consisting of two courses in the foundations and mathematical aspects of modelling, including Foundations of modelling (AMOD 5610H), and either Mathematical aspects of modelling (AMOD 5710H) or Statistical aspects of modelling (AMOD 5510H), or Computational Aspects of Modelling (AMOD 5810H) with the latter choice depending on whether the student's area of research will be mathematically, statistically, or computationally based. The student must also complete two courses in the home discipline (AMOD 5010H and 5020H). The required course work is normally completed in two terms, allowing the summer terms and the entire second year to be devoted to uninterrupted research. The student is also required to attend a regular seminar on modelling and to make one presentation each year. Invited speakers from inside and outside Trent contribute to the seminar series.