Program Requirements

The Statistics M.Sc. program requires a total of 36 units consisting of a 6-unit project and a further 30 units of course work, of which at least 24 must be at the graduate level. Students who have completed the undergraduate Statistics major or honours program at SFU or have received approval of the Graduate Chair based on an equivalent program are required to complete 24 graduate course units plus 6 project units for a total of 30 units in total. Students with backgrounds in other disciplines, or with an inadequate background in statistics, may be required to complete two undergraduate courses in addition to the program requirements for a minimum of 36 units. Formal requirements are described in the SFU Calendar.

Course Requirements

Students must complete all of the following core courses:

STAT 811 - Statistical Consulting I (2)
STAT 812 - Statistical Consulting II (2)
STAT 830 - Statistical Theory I (4)
STAT 850 - Linear Models and Applications (4)
STAT 851 - Generalized Linear Models and Discrete Data Analysis (4)
STAT 852 - Modern Methods in Applied Statistics (4)
STAT 853 - Applications of Statistical Computing (4)

Students may substitute co-operative education work terms for STAT 812 by following this procedure.

With supervisor and graduate chair approval, the following courses may substitute for the core courses:

STAT 831 - Statistical Theory II (4)
STAT 832 - Applied Probability Models (4)
STAT 840 - Statistical Genetics and Genomics (4)
STAT 841 - Advanced Design of Experiments (4)
STAT 842 - Environmetrics (4)
STAT 843 - Functional Data Analysis (4)
STAT 854 - Biometrics: Methods in Biomedical Studies (4)
STAT 855 - Lifetime Data Analysis (4)
STAT 856 - Longitudinal Data Analysis (4)
STAT 857 - Space-Time Models (4)
STAT 890 - Statistics: Selected Topics (4)

Moreover, students may be permitted to take courses in other departments; see this list for suggestions.


All students must submit and successfully defend a 6-unit project (STAT 898) based on a statistical analysis problem or on the development of new statistical methodology. See the Graduate General Regulations Section 1.10 for further information.

Program Length

Students with a good undergraduate background in statistics will normally complete the course work in four terms or fewer. The project, including the defense, is expected to require up to two terms, including terms in which students are completing course requirements. Students with backgrounds in other disciplines or with an inadequate background in statistics may be required to complete certain undergraduate courses in the department in addition to the formal calendar requirements.

Additional Academic Requirements

All graduate students must satisfy the academic requirements that are specified in the Graduate General Regulations as well as the specific requirements of the program in which they are enrolled.