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GRADUATE PROGRAMS in Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
185.35.2 The Degree of MSc
Candidates for the MSc must have an Honors degree or equivalent from a recognized university, with a strong background in mathematics and/or statistics. Candidates whose background is deemed to be deficient will be required to register as qualifying students and take additional courses.
The minimum requirement for the MSc degree is either 18 in graduate courses and a thesis, or 24 in graduate courses and a project equivalent to 6. Approval of the Graduate Chair of the Mathematical and Statistical Sciences Department is needed to take graduate courses that are not in mathematical or statistical sciences. The minimum period of residence is two fourmonth terms of fulltime attendance at the University of Alberta .
The MSc program will normally be completed in 20 months; however, it may be done in a minimum of one year.
185.35.3 The Degree of PhD
To be admitted as a provisional candidate for the PhD, a student must normally hold the equivalent of an MSc degree in mathematical or statistical sciences from the University of Alberta.
In addition to the examinations called for by the general regulations, the student must successfully complete an entrance year which includes an advisory exam and two full terms of course work. The principal requirement for the PhD is a substantial contribution to knowledge, embodied in a thesis. Except in very special cases every PhD student will be required to take a minimum of 30 in graduate courses after the BSc (Honors) degree or equivalent. In any case, 6 must be in mathematical and statistical sciences courses at the 500level or 600level, in areas other than that of the student’s thesis. The program of a fulltime student who is a provisional candidate for the PhD shall normally include at least three mathematical sciences courses, or courses in approved or allied fields (graduate or undergraduate) in each term of the first year, and at least two in each term of the second year.
To satisfy the residence requirement for the PhD, candidates must spend at least two years in advanced study and research after the master’s degree.
The time required to complete the program will vary according to the previous training of the applicant and the nature of the research undertaken; however, a minimum of three years is normally required after the BSc or two years after the MSc.
185.35.4 Programs in Mathematical Physics
The Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Mathematical Physics may be taken in the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences. The program emphasizes interdisciplinary investigations of the mathematical and physical aspects of theories and mathematical models used in physics.
The entrance requirement for the Master of Science degree in Mathematical Physics is a fouryear degree in Mathematical and Statistical Sciences or Physics with a GPA of 3.0 or better, or equivalent. The MSc degree may be obtained in a coursebased or thesisbased program. For the coursebased program 24 graduate courses at the 500level or higher from a list of approved courses must be taken, and a project is required. For the thesisbased program 18 graduate courses at the 500level or higher from a list of approved courses must be taken, and a thesis is required. The course work must include courses from both the Departments of Physics and Mathematical and Statistical Sciences.
The entrance requirement for the PhD program in Mathematical Physics is, normally, an MSc degree in Mathematical and Statistical Sciences or Physics, or equivalent. The PhD program requirements are essentially the same as those for the PhD in Mathematical Sciences with certain modifications in the required course work, advisory examination and entrance year as outlined in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Regulations. These modifications are meant to enhance the interdisciplinary nature of the program.
185.35.5 The Degree of MSc in Biostatistics
A four year degree with STAT 141 or 151, 252 or 337, 368 or 378, and 432, or their respective equivalents, with a GPA of 3.0 or better, in the final two years. Students without the above listed courses may be admitted as qualifying or probationary students.
Students in the thesisbased MSc program are required to take at least 18 at the 500 or higher level and to complete a thesis. Students in the coursebased MSc program are required to take at least 24 at the 500 or higher level and to complete the project course STAT 900. The minimum acceptable grade in any course is C+ and the student must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7. All students must also complete a Practicum.
The program will normally be completed in 24 months; however, it may be completed in as few as 12 months.
185.35.6 The Postgraduate Diploma in Statistics
A fouryear undergraduate degree from the University of Alberta with a grade point average of 3.0 in the work of the final two years, or the equivalent qualification from another institution.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Statistics requires the successful completion of 21 statistics courses from the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences. At least 12 must be at the 500level or higher; any remaining courses must be at the 400level or higher. Any courses taken at the 300level or any courses other than Statistics courses that may need to be taken in order to acquire the appropriate background, may not be counted toward the Diploma. The selection of courses must be approved by the Graduate Committee of the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences. There is no residence requirement.
The Postgraduate Diploma must be completed within four years from the time of admission.
185.35.7 Programs in Mathematical Finance
The Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Mathematical Finance may be taken in the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences.
The entrance requirement for the Master of Science degree in Mathematical Finance is a university degree that lasts four years or longer. The MSc degree may be obtained in a coursebased or thesisbased program. For the coursebased program 24 graduate courses at the 500level or higher from a list of approved courses must be taken, and a project is required. For the thesisbased program 18 graduate courses at the 500level or higher from a list of approved courses must be taken, and a thesis is required. The course work must include courses from both the Faculty of Business and the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences.
The entrance requirement for the PhD program in Mathematical Finance is normally an MSc degree, or equivalent. The PhD program requirements are essentially the same as those for the PhD in Mathematical Sciences with certain modifications in the required course work, advisory examination and entrance year as outlined in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Regulations. These modifications are meant to enhance the interdisciplinary nature of the program.
Graduate Courses
Graduate courses can be found in §211, Course Listings, under the following subject headings:
Mathematics (MATH)
Mathematical Physics (MA PH)
Statistics (STAT)
Department of Mathematical and Statistical
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