Graduate program in Statistics or Actuarial Science

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  February 1st for admission to the following Fall semester

Please Note: We do not require students to find a supervisor before applying for a MSc or PhD program. If you are admitted, you will be assigned a supervisor.

Future Students

Please see our Department Graduate Program Brochure for more details

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Schedule of Stats courses

  • See the current timetable, available from goSFU, for SFU Undergraduate and Graduate classes

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Brief synopsis of the Graduate Program in Statistics

Entry Requirements

Bachelor's degree with major in Mathematics, Statistics, or other areas with a strong quantitative background. Students normally begin with the third semester of the year (September-December), but entry at any other semester is also possible in special circumstances. Applicants whose first language is not English are required to submit TOEFL scores.

Please Note: We do not require students to find a supervisor before applying for a MSc or PhD program. If you are admitted, you will be assigned a supervisor.

Graduate Programs

Simon Fraser University offers both a Masters and Doctoral program in Statistics and a Masters program in Actuarial Science. The Department of Statistics & Actuarial Science consists of about 19 full time faculty members, a full time Statistical Consultant, and about 40 graduate students.

The Masters program is designed to give a broad grounding in several areas of Statistics with a particular emphasis on applications. Students normally complete 30 semester hours of course work including two semesters participating in the Statistical Consulting Service. In addition, a project based on a practical problem involving statistical analysis must be defended. The Department also offers co-operative work experiences for M.Sc. students.

The Doctoral program is designed to allow a student to specialize in a particular area of Statistics. Students normally complete 30 semester hours of course work beyond a Bachelor's degree (credit may be given for courses taken for the M.Sc). They are also required to pass a Comprehensive Examination and are required to defend a thesis which will embody a significant contribution to statistical knowledge.

Financial Support

The full-time fee is approximately $1629 per semester (for 3 semesters per year); ancillary fees including the UPass transit pass add about $250 per semester to this. Teaching and Research Assistantships are available to students under the following departmental policy. Most TA work is performed in our open workshop for undergraduates. There are also a number of competitive scholarships and fellowships available. Generally we accept only students for whom some combination of TA and RA work is available to provide full support.

Computational Facilities

The Department is part of an extensive network of workstations, including a 168-core compute-cluster. The usual programming languages are supported as well as R, SAS and S-PLUS. Students also have access to the campus-wide distributed computing network of UNIX workstations and Macintosh or IBM-PC platforms. It also supports SPSS, BMDP, and other packages.

FACULTY SPECIALIZING IN STATISTICS

For further information, please contact

Graduate Program Secretary stat_grad_sec@sfu.ca

Graduate Admissions Committee
Department of Statistics & Actuarial Science
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, BC Canada V5A 1S6