PhD Admission Information

Submit your online application for our PhD program between Sep 22 and Nov 15 each year. The deadline for supporting documents is Nov 30. All online applications and supporting documents should be submitted through the School of Graduate Studies Online Application Portal. We will be sending out letters of offer in December or early January.

PhD 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.

Students can be accepted through one of two routes: 

  • You hold an appropriate master’s degree in statistics from a recognized university with at least a B+ average standing.
  • You hold a bachelor’s degree in statistics from a recognized university with at least an A- average standing 

We also consider applicants with graduate degrees in biostatistics, computer science, economics, engineering, mathematics, physics, or any discipline where there is a significant quantitative component. 

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

For more information on admissions to our PhD 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 PhD program is November 15. This includes the application submission and payment of the application fee ($125.00 CAD). The deadline for supporting documents is November 30Submit your online application for our PhD program between Sep 22 and Nov 15 each year.

Late applications may be accepted at the discretion of the department, but applicants are advised that there may not be any places remaining for applications received after the deadline.

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

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

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 mailed to the department.

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.



If you have a degree from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction, you need to provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of your application before an acceptance into a graduate program is issued. 



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.


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.