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The University of Manitoba's Department of Statistics is one of the oldest and largest in Canada. Most of our upper level statistical courses are accredited by the Statistical Society of Canada toward the Associate Statistician (AStat) designation.
We have a high academic staff-to-student ratio, giving our students greater personal attention and more opportunities to tailor their educational experience.
Open the door with career opportunities
Statisticians may apply their knowledge of statistical methods to a variety of subject areas, including:
- biological sciences such as genetics, botany, zoology, and ecology
- environmental science
- forensic science
- public health
See how the career options for statistics can work for you.
Complex analysis research lab
We offer training opportunities on the development of new methodologies and the use of computational and statistical methods in understanding data, from research assistantships for undergrad students to post-doctoral fellowships.
Learn more about our opportunities in research.
Get a former student's perspective
“It’s not only in the Arts that you can think creatively – there’s a lot of creative thinking in statistics, and in all parts of science. You’ll have to learn to think very creatively and to analyze data.”
- David Bellhouse, BSc, Actuarial Science, MSc, Statistics, Author, Professor
The Faculty of Science offers multiple programs of study leading to a Statistics (BSc).
BSc degrees at a glance
BSc Major: 4 years, approx. (120 credit hours) of study earned with a minimum degree GPA of 2.00. Students may select a minor to complement their major area of study. Eligible students may also choose to join the Co-op program. Graduates of the major program who demonstrate high academic performance may be eligible for entrance to graduate or professional studies. This program can be completed on a part-time basis.
BSc Honours: 4 years, approx. (120 credit hours) of study with a minimum degree GPA of 3.00. Students will engage in advanced studies through coursework and/or research projects. Eligible students may also choose to join the Co-op program. This is the preferred program for students looking to pursue graduate studies. This program must be completed on a full-time basis.
Bachelor of Science (Major)
Expected duration: 4 years, approx. (120 credit hours) of study, plus three four-month Co-op work terms, if chosen
The Major program provides students with an extensive program in this field while allowing for educational breadth through other subjects of their choice. Unlike the Honours program, the Major program offers more scheduling flexibility and opportunities to select electives from other disciplines. This flexibility means that the Major program doesn’t provide the same level of professional training as the Honours program. Graduate Program Admissions would normally expect the selection of electives that are required by an Honours program along with a GPA representative of an Honours degree.
Major students are eligible for the Co-op program, which provides exposure to the industry and valuable work experience.
To earn a Bachelor of Science Major degree, a student must successfully complete 120 credit hours with minimum grades as specified by the Academic Calendar and a minimum degree GPA of 2.00.
You can complete this degree on a part-time basis.
Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Expected duration: 120 credit hours (plus three four-month Co-op work terms, if chosen)
Our most advanced, in-depth Honours program allows you to make the smoothest transition to graduate studies. An Honours program is regarded as professional training. Students are generally involved in research opportunities and complete a project or research course as part of the curriculum. Students normally enter the program after first year.
Honours students are eligible for the Co-op program, which provides exposure to the industry and valuable work experience. Students normally enter the program after first or second year after earning a minimum of 30 credit hours including the designated courses and grades.
To earn a Bachelor of Science Honours degree, a student must successfully complete 120 credit hours or more of study with a minimum grade as specified in the Academic Calendar and a minimum degree GPA of 3.00.
You must complete this degree on a full-time basis.
Bachelor of Science (Joint Honours)
Joint Honours programs are offered with other departments in the Faculty of Science for students with a desire to delve deeper into how statistics works with another discipline.
Statistics + Mathematics Joint Honours: For students interested in the statistical side of mathematics including data collection, analysis and interpretation.
See the Program list tab in the Academic Calendar for full details.
Sample course offerings
Here are some examples of the courses offered for this program:
- STAT 1000: Basic Statistical Analysis 1
- STAT 1150: Introduction to Statistics and Computing
- STAT 2150: Statistics and Computing
- STAT 2300: Principles of Data Collection
- STAT 3030: Introduction to Stochastic Processes
- STAT 3170: Statistical Quality Control
- STAT 3490: Time Series Analysis
- STAT 4170: Lifetime Data Analysis
- STAT 4530: Design of Experiments
For a full list of courses and descriptions of each, please visit the Academic Calendar.
Earn while you learn — Co-operative Education
The Faculty of Science Co-operative Education program is an excellent way for students to enhance their classroom learning with on-the-job experience. Available in most Major and Honours programs, Co-operative education is a form of experiential learning that integrates academic education with relevant, supervised and paid work experience. Co-op students gain valuable skills to guide them through their academic education and prepare them for future careers after graduation. Students who enrol in the Co-operative Education program will complete their four-year (approx.) Major or Honours degree in five years (approx.), allowing them to complete three or four work terms. Each work term is completed within a four-month period beginning in January, May or September.
Learn more about the Science Co-operative Education program.
To declare the BSc Major or Honours in Statistics you first must be accepted into the Faculty of Science. The following are the minimum requirements for entry into the Faculty of Science.
Direct entry means you are applying to the program directly out of high school or have completed fewer than 24 credit hours at a recognized university or college.
Missing some requirements? Students who do not meet the direct entry admission requirements may apply to University 1 to prepare for entry into the Faculty of Science. You may be able to declare your specific Major when you transit or you can transit to the General degree. University 1 students who qualify may transit to the Faculty of Science using Aurora Student. See the Academic Calendar for entry requirements specific to this program.
Advanced entry Applicants are those who have completed one year (24 credit hours) or more of studies in another faculty at the University of Manitoba or another recognized post-secondary institution.
Note: When you apply to the Faculty of Science as a Direct or Advanced entry student, you do not select your Major areas of study (e.g., Biochemistry, Computer Science, Statistics, etc.). Each Major or Honours program has specific entry requirements and may be declared once you have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework, generally at the end of your first or second year of studies. For full details, please visit the Academic calendar.
How to apply
Domestic student application fee: $100
International student application fee: $120
Applications to the University of Manitoba are completed online. To begin your application, select the "Start or continue your application" button. The online application includes several parts, and you may be required to submit transcripts, proof of English Language proficiency and other documents.
If you are a University 1 student wishing to transit to the Faculty of Science, you are not required to submit an application. You may transit to the Faculty of Science student using Aurora Student. There is no application fee.
Admission and application inquiries
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