MSc Program Requirements

Full-time program 

The full-time program consists of three academic sessions, but students may complete requirements within two academic sessions – totaling eight months from September to April. 

Part-time program 

The part-time program normally takes six academic sessions – totaling 20 months from September to April over the course of two years. 

Both full-time and part-time students are required to complete 4.0 full course equivalents (FCEs) – or eight one semester courses.

Of the total required courses, 2.0 FCEs must be chosen from the list below: 


Course Code 

Course Description 


STA 2101H  Methods of Applied Statistics I 0.5
STA 2201H  Methods of Applied Statistics II  0.5
STA 2111H  Graduate Probability I  0.5
STA 2211H  Graduate Probability II  0.5
STA 2112H  Mathematical Statistics I  0.5
STA 2212H  Mathematical Statistics II  0.5


Additional Information
  • If you are considering a PhD, you should take Probability I & II and Math Stats I & II.
  • If you have taken the equivalent of Math Stats I & II in your previous degree, you may be waived this requirement. In that case, students will only be required to take 1.0 FCEs from the above list, but still must take a total of 4.0 FCEs. 
  • You should not take courses that closely duplicate material from a previous degree. It is, however, entirely appropriate to take courses that cover similar material at a substantially higher level.

The remaining 2.0 FCEs may be selected from: 

  • Any course of 2000 level or higher in the Department of Statistics 
  • Any course of 1000 level or higher in another graduate unit at the University with enough statistical, computational, probabilistic or mathematical content 
  • One 0.5 FCE as a reading course under the course code STA 4000HF/4000HY or STA 4001HS/STA4002HS 
  • One 0.5 FCE as a research project under the course code STA 4000HF/4000HY or STA 4001HS/STA4002HS 
  • At most 1.0 FCEs from the collection of six-week courses STA 45xx which are 0.25 FCE each – e.g. a maximum of four of these six-week courses

All programs must be approved by the Associate Chair, Graduate Studies 

All full-time and part-time students must meet with the Associate Chair before final course choices are made to ensure that their program meets the requirements and provides best preparation for student’s future plans. 

There is no thesis component. However, students are encouraged to take one project-based course if they are considering a PhD.  

For more information on program requirements, please visit the School of Graduate Studies calendar

Our Courses 

Please have a look at our graduate course listings if you’d like to know which courses we are currently offering.  

Graduate Student Handbook  

Have a look at our Graduate Student Handbook for important information for new and current students.   


If you have any questions about requirements for our graduate programs, please reach out to our graduate advisor at See office hours