Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Meet Octavian Mitrea, PhD candidate in Mathematics

“Make sure you really love math.”

Supervisor: Rasul Shafikov

Why did you come to Western for your graduate degree?
Western’s department of Mathematics was recommended to me by a mathematician friend, as being a good fit for my goals. This includes the quality of the academic and research program as well as the expertise and availability of faculty members.

What is it about your grad program that enables you to thrive and be successful?
My supervisor plays a major role in my ability to thrive and be successful. I feel I have been guided and supported in the most effective way thus far. We have a great relationship and I learn a lot from him.

Have you worked as a TA or RA?
I have been working as a TA and RA since the fall of 2014. In addition to other TA tasks, I have taught labs for linear algebra and calculus courses. This is certainly a great benefit for my future career.

Do you serve on any Department, Faculty, or University committees?
I am one of the three organizers of the Graduate Students Seminar, a great platform encouraged and supported by the department, where math students can present their ideas and results of their past or present research.

Program Websites

Program Contact

Adriana Dimova (
Graduate Program Coordinator

Department of Mathematics

Western University
Middlesex College Rm 125 London, Ontario N6A 5B7

t. 519-661-2098
f. 519-661-3610

The Mathematical and Computational Sciences at Western are represented by four separate departments: Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Statistical & Actuarial Sciences. The Department of Mathematics has established research groups in several areas of contemporary mathematics including algebra, analysis and analytic geometry, homotopy theory, and noncommutative geometry.

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Program Length

  • 12 Terms

Program Design

  • Full-time study
  • Thesis-based

Funding Information

Applicants are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships (if eligible):

Admission Requirements

  • Approved Master's degree (or equivalent) in Pure Mathematics

English Language Proficiency

Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:

Application Deadline

  • February 1 - Fall Term
  • February 1 - Spring Term
  • October 1 - Winter Term

Please note that we look at applications all year round. The bulk of the applications are considered around the above deadlines; however, if a deadline has not been met and there are still spaces available, we will still consider the application, provided there is reasonable time for approved applicants to make travel plans and obtain student visas, etc.

Acceptance notifications can take place at any time but the bulk of the admissions are normally for the Fall term and most notifications will be sent out between mid-February and the end of March.

Fields of Research

  • Algebra/Number Theory
  • Analysis
  • Geometry/Topology