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 bioinformatics, data analysis, machine learning, molecular evolution, multivariate analysis, linear and nonlinear regression, robust statistics, 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.

For Further Information Contact:
Statistics Graduate Co-ordinator Dalhousie University
Halifax, N.S., Canada B3H 3J5
Phone: (902)494-2572
FAX: (902)494-5130

Faculty of Graduate Studies web site

Application forms are available at a web site

Dalhousie University Registrars Offices web site

Statistics Graduate calendar web site


A selection of the following courses will be offered in any given year.

  • STAT 5066.03: Advanced Statistical Theory I.

  • STAT 5067.03: Advanced Statistical Theory II.

  • STAT 5070.03/4070.03: Multivariate Distributions.

  • STAT 5075.03: Multivariate Analysis.

  • STAT 5090.03/4090.03: Probability.

  • STAT 5100.03/4100.03: Survival Analysis.

  • STAT 5300.03: Topics in Statistics and Probability.

  • STAT 5350.03/4350.03: Applied Multivariate Analysis.

  • STAT 5360.03/4360.03: Robust Statistics.

  • STAT 5370.03/4370.03: Stochastic Process.

  • STAT 5390.03/4390.03: Time Series Analysis I.

  • STAT 5410.03/4410.03: Advanced Topics in Time Series Analysis.

  • STAT 5500.03: Topics in Advanced Statistics.

  • STAT 5620.03/4620.03: Data Analysis.

  • STAT 5990.03: Intermediate Statistics for Health Sciences.

  • STAT 7320.03 Statistics Seminar.

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