The Statistics M.Sc. program offers exposure to a wide range of statistical techniques and their application. The program combines applied and theoretical training in state of the art statistical methodology, hands-on consulting experiences, a project in data analysis or in the development of new statistical methodology, and the opportunity to gain work experience and course credit through the co-operative education program. The M.Sc. program prepares students for careers as statisticians in industry, government, consulting, and research organizations. In addition, graduates have the foundational training to continue on to Ph.D. studies.

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. Course work includes participation in the Statistical Consulting Service (over two semesters). 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.

Formal course and other requirements are described in the SFU Calendar. In addition to the required core courses, the department also offers other graduate level statistics courses in areas such as biostatistics, functional data analysis, and space-time models. These courses are listed and described in the SFU Calendar. Moreover, students may be permitted to take courses in other departments.

See our information for current students for details about the program requirements and courses.

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.