Admission Requirements

    Candidates must satisfy the general requirements for admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. For details on admission, fees, and general information see the Graduate Calendar. Candidates will normally be expected to hold a degree recognized by Dalhousie University at the equivalent of a Bachelor's degree with Honours in one of its own faculties.

    GRE Aptitude and Advanced Mathematics scores are recommended for all applicants for graduate studies whose undergraduate work has been completed outside of Canada, and TOEFL scores are required for applicants whose native language is not English. Valid score reports must be received directly from the Educational Testing Service. To ensure consideration for scholarship funds, application should be made early.



    The statistics division offers both the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees. Faculty research interests include robust statistics, data analysis, multivariate analysis, linear and nonlinear regression, graphical methods and statistical computing, time series analysis, statistical inference, and information theory. Faculty are also engaged in a number of applied projects, which currently include applications to chemistry, medicine, oceanography, physiology and population genetics. Graduate students take part in one or more applied projects through their participation in the activities of the statistical consulting service.


  • At least three full-credit classes, not including seminar classes or Statistical Consulting class, at the graduate level to be chosen in consulation with a department adviser. In addition, students whose preparation is deficient will be required to complete appropriate classes which will be designated by the adviser.
  • Attendance and participation in seminars.
  • A satisfactory thesis.
  • Students are required to give an oral presentation of their thesis and at that time to answer questions about the thesis. This presentation will be made after the thesis is in the hands of the student's committee and will be taken into account when the committee makes it's decision.
  • Fifty hours consulting or completion of Statistical Consulting class.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

  • At least two full-credit classes
  • Comprehensive examination which must be taken for the first time within 12 months and successfully completed within 16 months of registration in the programme.
  • Attendance and participation in an appropriate seminar.
  • Preparation and defence of a satisfactory research thesis.
  • Fifty hours consulting or completion of Statistical Consulting class.

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