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.
About the Statistics program
Apply directly to this program on your application
Earn a Bachelor of Mathematics degree
Faculty of Mathematics in North America
Offered by the Faculty of Mathematics
Waterloo is an international leader in Mathematics
Statistics admission requirements
- Apply to Mathematics and choose Statistics as your major
- An Admission Information Form is required for admission.
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
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
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
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.