Deadlines and FAQs


The Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences accepts new students for Fall (September) admission. 

Winter (January) admission is not recommended but it may be offered in exceptional cases.  In particular, current M.Sc students who will finish during the fall term may apply for January admission into the doctoral program.

Deadlines vary depending on the applicant's citizenship status, and the term applied for. For more information please visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.  Applications and documents received after deadline will not be considered.

Applicant files are reviewed upon completion (once all required documentation has been received) and, beginning in January, decisions are made on a continual basis until the program is filled.  Many of our successful applicants are admitted well before the listed deadlines. Applying and submitting required documents early may increase your likelihood of being offered admission and some scholarships.

If successful, students usually will have to accept within 30 days of the offer of admission (see offer letter for details).

***The Applications for Fall 2018 admissions will open October 1, 2017.

In exceptional circumstances please inquire directly with the Associate Chair (Graduate) Jochen Kuttler (see here for contact information).


Why should I apply as soon as possible?

An individual's application is reviewed as soon as it is officially submitted online. complete (i.e. all required documents have been uploaded); therefore, admission decisions are made on a continual basis and offers can be made as soon as the application season opens, but usually not before January.  Many of our successful applicants are admitted well before the listed deadlines and the program can fill up before all document submission deadlines have expired.  Officially submitted online applications increase your likelihood of being offered admission.

What if my program is finished after my document deadline?

Most applicants are currently enrolled in a program when they apply to Graduate Studies at the U of A.  We understand that your transcript may not be "Complete" or "Final" when you send it.  In this case, we require that you upload an "In-Progress" transcript. If you are admitted to the program, you will be required to submit an official transcript to the FGSR. (which should show all grades obtained and that your degree has been conferred) once you’ve finished your program. Without an In-Progress transcript, we can’t evaluate your application, and therefore can’t offer you admission.