## Graduate Studies in Cryptography at Waterloo

Faculty at Waterloo who do research in cryptography and related areas are members of one of the following departments:

- Combinatorics & Optimization (C&O)
- Computer Science (CS)
- Electrical & Computer Engineering (E&CE)
- Pure Mathematics (PM).

*There is no mechanism for applying directly to the CACR, or for applying directly to a faculty member.*You can find information about the research interests of individual faculty members at the CACR web site. You can find information about applying to C&O, CS, E&CE or PM at the department web sites.

I am a faculty member in the C&O department, which is within the Faculty of Mathematics. If you wish to work with me then you should be applying to the C&O department. Please consider the following before contacting me about graduate studies at Waterloo.

- If your undergraduate degree is not in the mathematical sciences,
the chances of you being accepted to the C&O department are very slim.
In this case, you should be considering applying to the E&CE or CS
departments and
*not*to the C&O department. - C&O Masters and Phd students are required to take several graduate courses in combinatorics and optimization (e.g. graph theory, combinatorial enumeration, discrete optimization, continuous optimization). Also, C&O PhD students must do at least one comprehensive exam in an area of combinatorics or optimization. So, if you do not have a strong background in discrete mathematics you can expect to spend a significant amount of time (e.g. 18 months) on your coursework and possibly taking some remedial courses (an additional 4 months).