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. Not to mention up to two years of paid work experience if you enrol in co-op.

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 two 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.

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Statistics admission requirements

Apply to Mathematics and choose Statistics as your major. Once you've applied, you'll need to complete the Admission Information Form as part of the application process.

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.

*For September 2020, participating in the Euclid Mathematics Contest is NOT required for admission or for a scholarship. You will not be penalised in any way for not participating in the Euclid this year.

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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
  • One communication skills course
  • One 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
  • Two 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 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


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Co-op = relevant paid work experience

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
  • Analytics and data science
  • Business analyst
  • Data & reporting analyst
  • Financial analyst
  • Quality assurance analyst
  • Research analyst

Sample co-op employers

  • Pitney Bowes
  • Citigroup
  • Statistics Canada
  • Honda Canada
  • Apple
  • Bombardier Inc
  • Capital One

Customize your Bachelor of Mathematics degree in Statistics

You can add additional areas of expertise to your degree by including one or more of the minors available to all Waterloo students.

What can you do with a degree in Statistics?

Waterloo Statistics graduates often pursue careers in business, market, and data analysis, investment advisory, and more. They commonly work for telecommunications companies, financial institutions, and software companies.

Recent graduates

  • Business Analyst – LoyaltyOne 
  • Market Analyst – Intelligence House
  • Data Engineer –
  • Supply Chain Optimization Manager – Walmart Canada Corporation
  • Business Intelligence – Bell Canada
  • Investment Advisor – Investors Group
  • Digital Data Analyst – Horizn

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