Canada Ph.D. in Mathematics and Statistics Programs
PhD in Mathematics and Statistics programs award graduate students the highest level of scholarship in their field. In addition they typically indicate they have made original research contributions. For students aspiring to an academic position or research-oriented role as an analyst, the Ph.D. is considered the academic requirement[i]. If you aspire to potential upward mobility in a current job, a math or statistics Ph.D. warrants consideration.
PhD in Mathematics and Statistics: Program Basics
At the doctorate level, many Ph.D. in Mathematics and Statistics programs focus either on the pure or applied forms of their disciplines (e.g. applied statistics, pure statistics, applied mathematics, pure mathematics). Mathematics is a critical component of natural science, engineering, medicine, finance and social sciences[ii].
Prospective doctoral students may be required to have a bachelor’s degree, letters of recommendation, qualifying GRE scores, and any prerequisite math, statistics or computer science courses. Also, coursework in biology, chemistry or the health sciences may be useful if you plan on entering the pharmaceutical industry. [iii]The culmination of a doctorate degree is a student-submitted dissertation.
Types of Statistics and Math Ph.D. Programs
Ph.D. Math and Statistics Degrees are offered in different subjects, depending on your professional or academic interests. If you refer to the GradSchools.com directory these are simplified into:
- Actuarial Science & Financial Engineering
- Statistics & Data Analytics
Actuarial Science & Financial Engineering Ph.D. Programs
Actuarial science became a formal mathematical discipline in the late 17th century[vi].
Ph.D. in Actuarial Science Programs might focus on the application of mathematics and
statistics to assess risk in insurance, finance and other industries. Financial Engineering is multidisciplinary in that it draws from applied mathematics (financial mathematics), computer science, statistics, and economic theory.[vii]
Mathematics Ph.D. Programs
PhD in Mathematics Programs may focus on either pure mathematics or applied mathematics or may have components of both. Pure mathematics focuses on arithmetic, algebra, geometry and analysis.[viii] Applied mathematics is a branch of mathematics and deals with mathematical methods that are utilized in science, engineering, business, computer science, and industry. Applied mathematics refers in these cases to professional specialty.[ix]
Statistics & Data Analytics Ph.D. Programs
PhD in Statistics & Data Analytics programs may focus on mathematical variances of collecting, analyzing, interpreting, presenting and organizing data; mathematical statistics is the application of mathematics to statistics (e.g. probability)[x].
PhD in Mathematics and Statistics Program Options: Online or On Campus
Deciding on a doctorate program involves different aspects; the program itself and the learning delivery that aligns with your lifestyle. One is not necessarily better than the other; choosing between an online or on-campus program is likely part personal, and part availability of options.
Certainly, if you prefer in-person learning or live really close to your graduate school, an onsite program may be preferred. You can initiate a search on GradSchools.com to find graduate programs by city, state or country. On the other hand, if you are a busy working professional or live geographically too far from graduate school, you may decide an online math or statistics Ph.D. is the best option.
Some of the sponsored listings you can explore may include: Ph.D. in Pharmacology, Doctor of Computer Science – Big Data Analytics (Executive Format), Ph.D. in Statistics, Ph.D. in Mathematics. When you find a program that interests you, use the easy navigation to request more info or visit the school’s website.
There are two types of accreditation: program and institution. Program accrediting agencies vary depending on subject; ABET is the accrediting agency for programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology and are recognized as an accreditor by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.[xii] The CHEA has a database listing accredited programs and institutions.[xiii]
Take the Next Step
Whether you are seeking a new career such as teaching math at the university level, or interested in potentially taking on a more advanced or senior position in your current job setting, a PhD in Mathematics and Statistics program may be what takes you to that next step. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an extremely positive employment outlook for mathematical science and statistician occupations from 2014 to 2024[xiv], so now might be a really favorable time to consider a doctoral degree.
sources:[i] bls.gov/ooh/math/statisticians.htm |[ii] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mathematics |[iii] bls.gov/ooh/math/statisticians.htm |[iv] onetonline.org/link/summary/15-2041.00 |[v] onetonline.org/link/summary/15-2021.00 |[vi] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Actuarial_science |[vii] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Financial_engineering |[viii] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mathematics |[ix] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Applied_mathematics[x] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statistics |[xi] onetonline.org/link/summary/15-2021.0[xii] abet.org/accreditation/ |[xiii] chea.org/public_info/index.asp |[xiv] bls.gov/ooh/math/statisticians.htm
- Quebec, QCQuebec, QC
- Hamilton, ONHamilton, ON
- Oshawa, ONOshawa, ON
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
The Master of Science (MSc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) graduate programs in Modelling and Computational Science are led by an interdisciplinary faculty team. The programs are at the confluence of mathematics, science, and computer science and teachs...
- Saskatoon, SKSaskatoon, SK
University of Saskatchewan
- Ottawa, ONOttawa, ON
University of Ottawa
- Regina, SKRegina, SK
University of Regina
- Edmonton, ABEdmonton, AB
University of Alberta
The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers graduate programs leading to the degree of Master ofScience and Doctor of Philosophy in a number of fields in the general areas of pure mathematics, appliedmathematics, mathematical finance, and statistics...
- Montreal, QCMontreal, QC
The M.Sc. program is offered in all subjects in Mathematics, including Applied Mathematics and Statistics, and is meant primarily as a preparation for the Ph.D. program. The Applied M.Sc. programs are designed for students intending to work in industry...
- Guelph, ONGuelph, ON
University of Guelph
- Winnipeg, MBWinnipeg, MB
University of Manitoba
The Master’s degree in Statistics may be earned in one of three ways: Thesis route (thesis and a minimum of 15 credit hours of approved coursework with at least 9 credit hours at the 7000 level) Practicum route (practicum plus a minimum of 15 credit...
- Winnipeg, MB
- Saint John, NBSaint John, NB
University of New Brunswick - Saint John Campus
- Victoria, BCVictoria, BC
University of Victoria
There are two distinct types of Master's programs: a conventional program which emphasizes the theory and foundations necessary for contemporary areas of research, and an applied program which focuses on the application of theory to problems in the math...
- St. John's, NFSt. John's, NF
Memorial University of Newfoundland
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics of Memorial University of Newfoundland offers graduate programs leading to three degrees: Master of Applied Statistics (MAS) The MAS is a highly structured program incorporating both courses and practicum (...
- Vancouver, BCVancouver, BC
University of British Columbia
The Institute of Applied Mathematics (IAM) is a multi-disciplinary, inter-departmental, research-oriented centre fostering various research and teaching activities in computational and applied mathematics at the University of British Columbia. The Insti...
- Vancouver, BC
- Kelowna, BC
- Windsor, ONWindsor, ON
University of Windsor
- Montreal, QCMontreal, QC
Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal
Polytechnique is part of the campus of Universite de Montreal which boasts 50,000 students. Founded in 1873, Polytechnique Montreal is one of the largest teaching and research schools of engineering in Canada. Polytechnique has nearly 6,000 students, i...
- North York, ONNorth York, ON
York offers an MA and PhD in Mathematics & Statistics. These programs are dedicated to the exploration and development of new ideas in mathematics and statistics, and to fostering the understanding, appreciation and utility of those ideas Why not...
- London, ONLondon, ON
University of Western Ontario
The Department of Mathematics at the University of Western Ontario offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in algebra and number theory, analysis, and geometry and topology with a low student-faculty ratio. Applications are considered all year round for admissio...
- London, ON
- Montreal, QCMontreal, QC
Université du Québec à Montréal
- Fredericton, NBFredericton, NB
University of New Brunswick - Fredericton