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Mathematics and Statistics

Master of Science (MSc)

Thesis-based program

Program overview

Intellectual curiosity, a passion for problem-solving and a drive to conduct independent research are the hallmarks of our mathematics and statistics graduate students. Our faculty have helped many graduates succeed in moving on to leading doctoral programs. By the time you graduate, you will have contributed to current research in your chosen area of specialization. This might be in a pure mathematical area such as combinatorics, discrete mathematics, geometry, logic, number theory and cryptography, analysis, and mathematical physics, or in theoretical research in probability and statistics. Or you may work in industrial mathematics and operations research, with application in biology and medicine, energy markets and mathematical finance, geoscience, medical imaging, oil and gas, software and computer applications, biomedical and industrial statistics, environmental risk, actuarial science and big data analysis.

Completing this program

  • Mathematics Courses: Topics may include measure and integration, analysis, algebraic geometry, number theory, scientific modelling and more.
  • Seminars: In addition to required courses, students register in a research seminar in either actuarial science, biostatistics, mathematics, or statistics (depending on student's specialization).
  • Statistics Courses: Topics may include probability, estimation, hypothesis testing and more.
  • Thesis: Students will be required to submit and defend an original research thesis.



Universities and colleges, Government of Canada (Canadian citizens only), banking and finance, information technology and cybersecurity, energy, risk management and insurance, health, pharmaceuticals, environmental management, quantum computing, data analytics, medical imaging.

A master’s degree in math and statistics will give you the pre-requisite for a PhD.

Thesis-based program

Students are required to prepare a thesis and successfully defend in an open oral defense.


Minimum of five courses, or four if completing the program in one year

Learn more about program requirements in the Academic Calendar

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Two years full time; four years maximum


A supervisor is required, but is not required prior to the start of the program

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.

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Learn about faculty available to supervise this degree.
Please note: additional supervisors may be available. Contact the program for more information.

  1. Tracey Balehowsky. They have dark hair and wear glasses.

    Tracey Balehowsky

    Seeking Students
    Geometric inverse problems, Transformation optics and cloaking , Geometric flows, Particle kinematics
  2. Kristine Bauer

    Kristine Bauer

    Seeking Students
    Algebraic topology and homotopy theory
  3. Karoly Bezdek

    Karoly Bezdek

    Accepting Inquiries
    Combinatorial, Computational, Convex, and Discrete Geometry with Applications
  4. Elena Braverman

    Elena Braverman

    Accepting Inquiries
    Differential equations, dynamical systems
  5. Thierry Chekouo

    Thierry Chekouo

    Seeking Students
  6. Clifton Cunningham

    Clifton Cunningham

    Accepting Inquiries
    Langlands Program
  7. Rob Deardon

    Rob Deardon

    Seeking Students
  8. Photo of Paul in the woods

    Paul Gordon

    Nanopore Sequencing Data Analysis, Phylogenetic Interference
  9. Matthew Greenberg, Headshot

    Matthew Greenberg

    Seeking Students
    Statistics, Data Science, Machine learning
  10. Wenjun Jiang

    Wenjun Jiang

    Seeking Students
    Optimal (re)insurance/ Actuarial decision-making problems

Admission Requirements


A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

Minimum education

Bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, in the subject of the specialization to which the application is made, or a closely related area.

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Reference letters


Test scores


English language proficiency

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:

*Please contact your program of interest if you have any questions about ELP requirements.


For admission on September 1:

Canadians and permanent residents: Jan. 15 application deadline

International students: Jan. 15 application deadline

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Mathematical Science Room 462
612 Campus Place NW
Calgary, AB T2N 4V8

Contact the Graduate Program Administrator

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Faculty of Science

Biological Sciences, Room 540
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4

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