Statistics Undergraduate and Graduate Courses and Programs

Undergraduate Courses and Programs:

The following two courses, which have no calculus prerequisites, are intended for students in all disciplines:

These two courses are intended to supply a sufficient understanding of basic statistics in order to comprehend statistical components of journal articles, and to design and analyse the statistical aspect of experiments.

Undergraduate Programs in Probability and Statistics:

For students in mathematics and statistics, there are two undergraduate statistics programs.

For students interested in applications of statistics in other disciplines, there are two joint programs with other departments:

  • Joint majors program in statistics and computer science
  • Joint honours program in statistics and computer science

Honours Program in Probability and Statistics

The Honours Program in Probability and Statistics is designed for students who intend to enter into graduate studies in Statistics or Probability.

Core Probability and Statistics Courses in Honours Probability and Statistics Program:

Minors Program in Statistics

The minor program is open to any student in any program in the Faculty of Science and intended to provide students with an introduction to the fundamental tools of modern statistics and probability.

Core Probability and Statistics Courses in Minors Program in Statistics:

Complementary Courses

Both programs require students also take a number of complementary courses in other topics in probability and statistics. Some of those courses include:

For additional information, see the McGill Undergraduate Programs Calendar.

Graduate Courses and Programs:

Admission Requirements:

  • Master's Program The normal entrance requirement for the master's degree program in statistics is a Canadian honours degree in mathematics and statistics, or its equivalent; in particular, a strong background in calculus (including introductory real analysis), linear algebra, and the equivalent of the above set of 300- and 400-level courses in probability and statistics. Applicants deficient in this background may have to make up some of these requirements before being admitted to the Master's program.
  • Doctoral Program Students normally enter the Ph.D. program after completing a Master's degree program in statistics with high standing. Approval of the department is needed even after successful completion of the Master's degree program at McGill.

Program Requirements:

  • Master's Program Students must choose between the thesis option, which requires a thesis (24 credits) and six approved courses (for a total of at least 22 credits), and the project option, which requires a project (15 credits) and eight approved courses (for a total of 30 credits). In either case, students are expected to take MATH 556, MATH 557, MATH 523 and MATH 533; if they intend to continue in a doctoral program, they should also take MATH 587 and MATH 589 .
  • Doctoral Program To complete a Ph.D. program, students must
  • pass twelve one-semester courses beyond the Bachelor's level (MATH 556, 557, 587, 589, 523, 533 or equivalent are expected), approved by the student's advisory committee,
  • pass a comprehensive examination consisting of a written Part A, concerned with general mathematical and statistical background, and an oral Part B concerned with two topics at an advanced graduate level,
  • demonstrate facility in reading statistical articles in English,
  • submit a thesis judged to be an original contribution to knowledge, and
  • defend that thesis orally before a committee of experts.

Graduate Courses offered by Our Department:

Courses with a MATH 5xx number may be taken for credit by both undergraduate and graduate students. From time to time, additional specialized courses and seminars are offered by staff members and visitors.

Additional Graduate Courses

There are graduate statistics and mathematics courses offered at other locations in Montreal, which with approval, may be taken for credit as part of the Master's or Ph.D programs. The School of Computer Science offers Probabilistic Analysis of Algorithms. The Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health at McGill offers a number of courses in statistics. Moreover, the Mathematics/Statistics departments of the four Montreal Universities (McGill, Concordia, University of Montreal, and University of Quebec at Montreal) coordinate their graduate programs through the Institut des Sciences Mathematiques de Montreal (ISM), and graduate students at any one institution may take for credit certain selected courses from the other three institutions.


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