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.
First faculty of mathematics in North America
Waterloo is an international leader in Mathematics
Statistics admission requirements
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.
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First-year Statistics courses and beyond
You may select advanced-stream courses for algebra, calculus, and computer science if you meet the requirements.
September to December
January to April
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
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.
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
- Statistics Canada
- Honda Canada
- Bombardier Inc
- Capital One
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.
- Business Analyst – LoyaltyOne
- Market Analyst – Intelligence House
- Data Engineer – Shared.com
- Supply Chain Optimization Manager – Walmart Canada Corporation
- Business Intelligence – Bell Canada
- Investment Advisor – Investors Group
- Digital Data Analyst – Horizn
Learn about the future of careers in business.
Student life, including women in mathematics
Math Society (MathSoc)
MathSoc is run by students for students and provides a wide range of clubs and services as well as social and academic events to make your experience as a Waterloo Mathematics student the best it can be. There are many ways to get involved and to meet students in other Faculty of Mathematics programs.
Outside of the Faculty of Mathematics, our campus is packed with opportunities to get involved, no matter how unique your interests. Between clubs supported by the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association, sports and recreation, student government, and an incredible range of events, there's something for everyone at Waterloo!
Women in Mathematics
The Women in Mathematics (WiM) community encourages and advocates for women of all ages who are interested in studying math and pursuing a career in a related area. WiM strives for all genders to be well-represented in mathematics and welcomes people with under-represented gender identities.
Women in Computer Science
Women in Computer Science (WiCS) promotes gender equity for students interested in studying computer science and pursuing career in computing. WiCS has a very active student-run committee and offers events such as the Big CSters mentoring program, workshops, a speaker series, and panels about diversity in computer science and STEM.
There's also Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (WiSTEM), a student-run club that welcomes all students (regardless of gender) to promote equality in STEM. Opportunities include skills workshops, discussions, homework help, and guest speakers
Apply to Mathematics and choose Statistics as your major
Offered by the Faculty of Mathematics
Earn a Bachelor of Mathematics degree
Ready to learn more?
- Visit the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science website
- Email our Mathematics recruitment co-ordinator who can answer any questions about the program
- Subscribe to our newsletter to get tips and advice from current students
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.