Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

Why study this program?

The Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences offers graduate programs leading to the degree of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Mathematical Finance, Mathematical Physics, Statistics, Biostatistics, Data Science, Statistical Machine Learning, and Modelling, Data, and Predictions.

Currently there is no course-based MSc program in Statistical Machine Learning, no thesis-based MSc or PhD programs in Modelling, Data, and Predictions, and no PhD program in Biostatistics.

Prospective graduate students should consult the Department about facilities available and the background required for the field in which they are interested.

Entrance Requirements

For the MSc, the Department’s minimum admission requirements are a four-year undergraduate degree with a strong background in mathematics, physics and/or statistics, with an admission GPA of at least 3.3 on the 4- point scale from the University of Alberta, or an equivalent qualification and standing from a recognized institution.

For the PhD, the Department’s minimum admission requirements are an MSc degree in mathematical, physical, or statistical sciences, with an admission GPA of at least 3.3 on the 4-point scale from the University of Alberta, or an equivalent qualification and standing from a recognized institution.

Previous credentials for applicants to Mathematical Finance should be in Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Engineering or Finance.

Previous credentials for applicants to Statistical Machine Learning should be in Mathematical and Statistical Sciences or Computing Science.

The admission GPA will be calculated on the last 60 units of graded coursework completed, or on the equivalent of the last two years of full-time graded coursework.

Where applicable, applicants must provide proof of English Language Proficiency (refer to English Language Requirement ). Any one of the following is acceptable:

  • a minimum TOEFL score of 100 (Internet-based) with a minimum score of 22 in each individual skill area, or equivalent;
  • a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 on each band;
  • a minimum PTE overall score of 68 with a minimum of 60 in each category

All test scores must be less than two years old.

Applicants are encouraged to contact academic staff before applying and identify professors who would be willing to provide supervision.

Applicants are also required to submit the following

  • A Curriculum Vitae
  • A brief (two pages maximum) Personal Statement
  • Three letters of reference
  • Publications (up to a maximum of three) may be submitted but are not required
  • GRE scores (General and Mathematics) may be submitted but are not required.

Satisfying the minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.



Delivery Mode:
On Campus

Program Type:
Course Based, Thesis Based

Degree Level:
Master's, Doctoral

Program Requirements

Master’s Programs

Doctoral Programs



Graduate courses can be found in Course Listings , under the following subject headings:

Mathematics (MATH)
Mathematical Physics (MA PH)
Statistics (STAT)

Tuition and Fees

For most students in a thesis-based program, the Department provides funding through graduate teaching and research assistantships, as well as scholarships and awards, subject to conditions and limitations set by the Faculty of Science and the Department. Detailed funding information will be included in the Departmental Offer Letter, if applicable.

In the MSc and PhD programs in Mathematical Finance, students are required to take MBA courses at the School of Business. These courses have additional fees associated with them which are not covered by the usual program fees in case of MSc (thesis-based) and PhD programs in Mathematical Finance. For the same reason, students in the course-based MSc program in Mathematical Finance may incur additional fees compared to other course-based MSc programs at the Department. In many cases, the Department will assist with (or completely offset) these additional costs for students in a thesis-based MSc or PhD program in Mathematical Finance.

For general information, please visit the Tuition and Fees page on the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research site.
Scholarships and Financial Support

The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research administers over $29 million each year in scholarships, awards, and financial support for graduate students, as well as financial and loan advising. Additional scholarships are also available for specific faculties and programs.

Program-specific inquiries

Please refer to the detailed program information or email

General inquiries

Please check out some of our most frequently asked questions (FAQS) to see if your question has been answered, or contact the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) during our office hours.

Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR)
Killam Centre for Advanced Studies
2-29 Triffo Hall
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2E1