MSc Admission Information

Submit your online application for our Master of Science (MSc) program between Sep 22 and Jan 22 each year. The deadline for supporting documents is Jan 31. All online applications and supporting documents should be submitted through the School of Graduate Studies Online Application Portal. We will begin sending out letters of offer in March.

MSc Admission Requirements 

Successful candidates have a strong background in mathematics, statistics, or a related field. Outstanding performance in their course work, outstanding letters of recommendations and well-thought-out statements of intent are an asset. Prior research experience is also valuable. 

You must meet all admissions requirements in order to be considered for entry into the program. In addition to our admissions requirements for each program, please familiarize yourself with the minimum requirements, rules, and regulations of the School of Graduate School Studies. You can also use the School of Graduate Studies’ Selection of Frequently Asked Questions as a reference.  

We receive many outstanding applications, and admission to our program is competitive. Unfortunately, we cannot offer admission to all qualified applicants.

You will need an appropriate bachelor’s degree with high academic standing from a recognized university in a related field such as statistics, actuarial science, mathematics, economics, engineering, or any discipline where there is a significant quantitative component.

You will need an average grade equivalent to at least a University of Toronto B+ in the final year or over senior courses.

The equivalent of most, though not necessarily all, of the following courses: 

  • STA 261H (Introductory Probability and Statistics II) 

  • STA 347H (Probability Theory) 

  • STA 452H/453H (Introduction to Mathematical Statistics I & II ) 

  • STA 302H (Applied Regression Analysis) [same as STA 1001H] 

  • STA 304H (Sample Survey Theory and its Application) [same as STA 1003H] 

  • STA 305H (Introduction to Experimental Design) [same as STA 1004H] 

  • STA 355H (Theory of Statistical Practice) 

  • STA 437H (Methods for Multivariate Data) [same as STA 2005H]

Please note that the department has stopped offering non-degree programs.

For more information on admissions to our MSc program and program requirements, visit the School of Graduate Studies calendar.

Application Process 

Please note that we can’t accept any hard copies of your application or hard copies of supporting documents. All application materials have to be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) through the SGS online application system to be considered.

For Frequently Asked Questions regarding the online application process, please visit: SGS Admissions FAQ

The admission deadline for our full-time and part-time MSc program is Jan 22. This includes the application submission and payment of the application fee ($125.00 CAD). The deadline for supporting documents is Jan 31. Submit your online application for our Master of Science (MSc) program between Sep 22 and Jan 22 each year.

Please send a summary of your experiences in education, work, travel, volunteering, and other relevant areas. The maximum length is two pages, single spaced.

As part of your application, please submit a letter of intent or personal statement online outlining your goals for your graduate studies.

Electronic copies of transcripts are required at the time you apply online. Only if you are successful at gaining admissions will we require official copies to be submitted to the department.

Due to COVID we are currently only accepting official e-transcripts. We will notify admitted candidates once the receipt of mail-in paper transcripts will be accepted.

You will need three letters of recommendation, to be submitted online by your referees through the online application system.


Note: The online application system will automatically email an electronic reference request to each referee when the application fee is paid. It is highly recommended that applicants contact their referees ahead of time to confirm both their availability their preferred institutional email address.

If you wish, you may submit an official copy of any Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, including the Advanced Mathematics Examination, directly from the testing service to the department (Department Code: 0982). An unofficial copy may be included with your application while waiting for the official one to arrive.  

This is suggested, but not required for international students.

Please submit official copies of your English proficiency scores (Department Code: 0982). You can include unofficial copies with your application while waiting for the official ones to arrive.

The non-refundable application fee is currently CAD $125.


Financial Aid for Prospective MSc Students

For more information on financial aid for graduate studies, visit the School of Graduate Studies website.


If you have additional questions that have not been answered by the above information, please book an appointment during Prospective Student Office Hours to speak with a member of the Graduate Team.