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The Department of Statistics is one of the oldest and largest in Canada. Our 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 experiences.
We offer training opportunities on the development of new methodologies and the use of computational and statistical methods in understanding data.
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Statisticians contribute to scientific inquiry by applying their mathematical and statistical expertise to the design of surveys and experiments; to the collection, processing, and analysis of data; and to the interpretation of the results. They 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
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 Graduate Studies and the Faculty of Science offer a program of study leading to a Statistics (MSc).
Expected duration: 1-2 years
Tuition and fees: Program fees are assessed in the first two terms of study, followed by a continuing fee in the third and any subsequent terms. (refer to Graduate tuition and fees)
In addition to the minimum course requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, found in the Graduate Studies Regulations Section, students must complete the following requirements dependant on their program of study.
Students enrolled in the thesis option must complete:
- A minimum of 15 credit hours of approved course work with at least 9 credit hours at the 7000 level which must include STAT 7080 (3), and STAT 7140 (3). The balance of the course work must be at the 4000 level or above.
- A thesis
Students enrolled in the practicum option must complete:
- A minimum of 15 credit hours of approved course work with at least 9 credit hours at the 7000 level which must include STAT 7080 (3), STAT 7140 (3), and STAT 7290 (3). The balance of the course work must be at the 4000 level or above.
- A practicum
Students enrolled in the coursework option must complete:
- A minimum of 24 credit hours of approved coursework, with at least:
- 18 credit hours at the 7000 level, which must include STAT 7080 (3), STAT 7140 (3), and STAT 7320 (3)
- The balance of the course work must be at the 4000 level or above.
Expected duration: 1 year
Tuition and fees: The Pre-Master's program is composed of undergraduate courses and students are charged per course fees. (Refer to Graduate tuition and fees.)
Students with undergraduate course deficiencies may be admitted to the Pre-master’s program to complete the background requirements.
Course requirements are set by the Graduate Associate Head to address an individual’s academic deficiencies and gain eligibility to apply to the master’s program.
Sample course offerings
Here are some examples of the courses offered for this program:
- STAT 4150: Bayesian Analysis and Computing
- STAT 4250: Statistical Learning
- STAT 4530: Design of Experiments
- STAT 7060: Advanced Theory of Probability
- STAT 7080: Advanced Statistical Inference
- STAT 7100: Analysis of Discrete Data
- STAT 7260: Time Series
- STAT 7270: Bayesian Inference
For a full list of courses and descriptions of each, please visit the Academic Calendar.
The following are minimum requirements to be considered for entry into the Statistics (MSc) program. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
To be considered for admission into the Statistics (MSc) program, you must have:
- A four-year bachelor's degree in Statistics
In addition to the admission requirements described here, all applicants must meet the minimum admission and English language proficiency requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
How to apply
The Statistics (MSc) program accepts applications for Fall entry only. Applications must be completed online and include several parts:
- $100 application fee (non-refundable)
- Statement of intent
- Two letters of recommendation (must be requested within the application)
Please read the Faculty of Graduate Studies online application instructions before beginning your application.
Choose a supervisor before you apply
Statistics MSc and PhD programs are research-intensive and because of this, applicants are requested to select one of our faculty members to be their supervisor and preside over an applicant’s program. See Applying for graduate studies for full details.