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Mathematics and Statistics

High-level math and statistics are used in every field of science and social science. In our graduate programs, you’ll learn critical skills for your future career. You’ll learn how to analyze data and find relationships and patterns. You’ll be a part of a department with world-ranked research impact. Among our areas of research are applied math, discrete math, pure math and statistics.

You’ll research under our faculty, which contains two Canadian Research Council Chairs and other award winning researchers.

Degree programs offered

Pursue mathematics research in the broad areas of applied, discrete or pure math. Your education will be supplemented by coursework and regular seminars. The sum of your research will be a thesis that will advance the field of mathematics. You’ll defend this final work in an oral examination that will prove your mastery of mathematics.

In this MSc program, you’ll be exposed to upper-level thinking and research in the field of statistics. You’ll benefit from the department’s ties to organizations like Vancouver Island Health Authority. You can complete this degree with either a thesis or a non-thesis based project. Our department specializes in a wide range of areas, including bioinformatics, biostatistics and statistical ecology.

Your PhD will represent a significant achievement in mathematics and statistics. You’ll receive mentorship from our faculty as you undertake coursework and prepare for candidacy exams. You’ll advance the field of math and stats, and finish your PhD with an original, publishable dissertation.

Program Expected length Project and/or thesis Course-based
MSc 2 years Yes No
PhD 3-4 years Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Masters, Doctorate
Program delivery:
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional

Areas of focus

  • Applied mathematics
  • Mathematical physics
  • Differential equations
  • Climate modelling
  • Geophysical fluid dynamics
  • Mathematical biology
  • Combinatorics and graph theory
  • Number theory
  • Operator algebras
  • Operator theory
  • Functional analysis
  • Dynamical systems
  • Topology
  • Statistics

Find a supervisor

All graduate students in this program must have a faculty member who serves as their academic supervisor. When you apply:

  • you must list a potential supervisor on your application
  • this faculty member must agree to be your supervisor and recommend your admission

To find a supervisor, review the faculty contacts. When you've found a faculty member whose research complements your own, contact them by email.

See our complete faculty listing for a full list of contacts for Mathematics & Statistics.

Funding & aid

Graduate students registered in full-time programs are automatically considered for a fellowship. This is based on a qualifying GPA.

Individual award amounts may vary depending on the program.

UVic Fellowship Awards

  • Up to $17,500 per year (master's)
  • Up to $20,000 per year (PhD)

UVic Graduate Awards

  • Up to $10,000 per year (master's and PhD)


  • The minimum requirement for funding consideration is a A- average on the last two years of course work
  • Full-time registration (3.0 units) for UVic Fellowship holders and at least part-time registration (1.5 units) for UVic Graduate Award holders
  • Full-time registration for students registered with the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) is 1.5 units

You can also join the co-op program or work as a research or teaching assistant.

Funding opportunities

Tuition & fees

Visit our tuition calculator to determine the tuition and fees for your program.

When you apply you will be charged an application fee. Your application will not be processed until this payment has been received.

  • Application fee for documents from within Canada: $131.50
  • Application fee if any documents originate outside Canada: $169

Application deadlines

  • Canadian and International students seeking funding:
  • September entry: apply by February 1
  • January entry: apply by June 1
  • Canadian and International students who don’t need funding:
  • September entry: apply by June 1
  • January entry: apply by October 1

Admission & program requirements

You must meet the minimum graduate school admission requirements.

Review the graduate admission requirements and this program's admission requirements in the Graduate calendar.

If your first language is not English you must provide proof of language proficiency. Learn more about language requirements, including what exemptions and tests are allowed.

Ready to apply?

You can start your online application to UVic by creating a new profile or using an existing one.

Apply now    How to apply

Need help?

Contact the graduate secretary or 250-721-7468.

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