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Mathematics and statistics are omnipresent in today’s world of information and technology. Their theories, models and methods are integral to the way in which we analyze and build the world around us. They play a key role in nearly every effort to push the boundaries of science and related innovation, and contribute, in a major way, to solving some of the most pressing human, environmental, and economic problems of our time.

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics is one of the oldest and most distinguished of its kind in Canada. It is home to some of the most active, internationally acclaimed, and award-winning researchers in several areas of pure and applied mathematics, as well as statistics. Core areas of mathematical expertise include algebra, analysis, discrete mathematics, geometry, mathematical physics, number theory, numerical analysis, probability, and topology. The main fields of statistical expertise are Bayesian inference, biostatistics, computational statistics, high-dimensional data modeling, multivariate analysis, and survival analysis.

Our programs provide a broad and solid mathematical and statistical education that paves the way to many interesting career options in academia, government, and industry. Top students typically get admitted to prestigious graduate schools around the world and often become leaders in their areas of research in academic or industrial settings. Our graduates at all levels are in high demand in government departments, health research centers, banks, insurance and pharmaceutical companies, statistical agencies, and multinational high-technology industries.

Program options

There are two popular undergraduate streams. The Honours programs in mathematics, applied mathematics and probability/statistics (including Joint Honours with Physics or Computer Science) are very demanding, while the Major versions are less intense and leave room for a Minor or a second Major concentration in another discipline. Several Joint Major programs and a Liberal Program are also available.

At the graduate level, Master’s and Ph.D. students can engage in research with members of the department in various areas of pure and applied mathematics, as well as statistics. Co-supervisions are also possible, either with members of other departments at McGill such as Computer Science; Economics; and Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Occupational Health; or with researchers from other universities affiliated with the Institut des sciences mathématiques du Québec.

Department highlights

  • Small class sizes in upper division courses foster personal interactions between students and professors.
  • Students can engage in state-of-the art research through funded summer research projects.
  • Opportunities for hands-on experience with data analysis are offered through the Statistical Consulting Service.
  • Students profit from modern facilities, including a variety of computer labs, and from an active undergraduate mathematics student association.

More information

  • Webpages for undergraduate studies in Mathematics and Statistics
  • Calendar entry for Mathematics and Statistics