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Get a degree that’s highly significant.

In today’s data-driven world, statisticians are in high demand. Get the skills you need to help businesses market new products, researchers evaluate medical treatments, governments shape effective public policy, and more.

In one of the world’s top centres for statistics, you’ll learn to design experiments and surveys, explore and analyze data, simulate complex systems, and extract meaningful information.

You’ll also get experience in statistical computing, forecasting, mathematical modelling, and statistical process control — all skills that will make you highly marketable.

Where you apply those skills is up to you. Our grads go on to work in a huge range of fields, including biology, business, engineering, environmental science, finance, manufacturing, and the health sciences.

Social and academic support

A perfect balance of fun and academic support, the student-run Statistics Club organizes parties, movie nights, prof talks, study-buddy sessions, and more.

Get serious work experience

Choose Waterloo's co-op program and add 2 years of paid, career-relevant work experience to your résumé.

 

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As a student in Canada's largest Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, you'll benefit from the wide variety of courses and our professors' research which enriches your classes.

About the Statistics program

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#1Faculty of Mathematics in North America

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Statistics admission requirements

We strongly encourage you to participate in the Canadian Senior Mathematics Contest and/or the Euclid Mathematics Contest to enhance your admissions status. 

To be considered for entrance scholarships in the Faculty of Mathematics, you must write one or both of the contests. If you complete both contests, we'll use the results of the contest in which you performed best.

First-year Statistics courses

You may select advanced-stream courses for algebra, calculus, and computer science if you meet the requirements. 

September to December

MATH 135 - Algebra for Honours Mathematics
MATH 137 - Calculus 1 for Honours Mathematics
Choose one of:
 • CS 115 - Introduction to Computer Science
 • CS 135 - Designing Functional Programs
1 communication skills course
1 elective

January to April

MATH 136 - Linear Algebra 1 for Honours Mathematics
MATH 138 - Calculus 2 for Honours Mathematics
Choose one of:
 • CS 116 - Introduction to Computer Science 2
 • CS 136 - Algorithm Design and Data Abstraction
2 electives

 

After first year

The majority of your required courses will be statistics courses, with additional courses in mathematics. With your remaining classes, you can choose electives from many of the 100 subject areas at Waterloo.

View a list of courses required for your degree.

Sample upper-year Statistics courses

STAT 332 – Sampling and Experimental Design
STAT 430 – Experimental Design
STAT 436 – Introduction to the Analysis of Spatial Data in Health Research
STAT 443 – Forecasting

 

Customize your Bachelor of Mathematics degree in Statistics

You can also add additional areas of interest and expertise by including a minor (or minors) as part of your degree.

 

Gain relevant work experience through co-op

By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve. 

Sample co-op job titles

  • Data Mining Intern
  • Process/Product Software Quality Assurance Analyst
  • PC Operations Support

Sample co-op employers

  • Pitney Bowes
  • Citigroup Inc.
  • Statistics Canada
  • Honda Canada
 

Careers in Statistics

  • Business Intelligence Specialist, Bell Canada
  • Cost & Schedule Analyst, Bruce Power Inc.
  • International Actuarial Analyst, Towers Watson
  • Methodologist, Statistics Canada
  • Research, Morgan Stanley
  • Risk Modelling Analyst, TD Bank Group
  • Senior Client Analyst, The Nielsen Company
  • Statistician, BlackBerry
  • Trader, Sun Trading LLC
  • Business Analyst, Sobeys Inc.

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