Master of Science in Mathematics (MSc)
Mathematicians use theoretical and computational methods to solve a wide range of problems from the most abstract to the very applied. UBC's mathematics graduate students work in many branches of pure and applied mathematics. The MSc program consists of 24 or 27 credits of taught classes and a thesis (6 credits) or essay (3 credits) supervised by a faculty member. Students enrolled in the Institute of Applied Mathematics program have the additional option of writing a substantial 12 credit thesis.
What makes the program unique?
UBC has one of the largest and most vigorous departments of mathematics in Canada. Our faculty routinely win national and international awards for their research and teaching achievements. We have an engaged and sociable cohort of graduate students who are essential members of a broad selection of active research groups. Each group holds a variety of seminars and events that allow graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, visitors and faculty to enjoy regular interaction.
UBC is the headquarters for the Pacific Institute of Mathematical Sciences (PIMS). PIMS hosts a plethora of mathematical events such as conferences and summer schools, greatly enriching the scientific environment in the quantitative sciences at UBC. Our mathematics students are also regular participants at the nearby Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery. Finally, our Institute for Applied Mathematics provides options for interdisciplinary studies for PhD students who wish to work in applied and computational mathematics.
Meet a UBC representative
Reaching Out Strategieswebinar
Date: Wednesday, 15 August 2018
Time: 14:00 to 15:00
Reaching Out Strategies: Approaching Letters of Reference Writers & Potential Supervisors Hear advice from UBC faculty advisors and application evaluation committee members on best practices for reaching out to potential reference letter writers and potential supervisors.
Compelling Statements of Interestwebinar
Date: Thursday, 16 August 2018
Time: 16:00 to 17:00
What makes a great statement of interest? A presentation of tips from faculty advisors on what sets one Statement of Interest apart from another.
Q&A with UBC Graduate Student Ambassadorswebinar
Date: Thursday, 23 August 2018
Time: 09:00 to 10:00
Join our Graduate Student Ambassadors Samuel Adenyanju (MSc Forestry, Nigeria), Federico Andrade (PhD Public Health, Colombia), Maria Angélica Guerrero (MA Educational Studies, Colombia), Xining (Linda) Yang (PhD Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, China) and Dorine Akwiri (Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Kenya) who will be available to answer questions about their experiences at UBC, including topics such as accommodation, moving to a new city/province/country and settling in, making friends, being an international student, and more. This session is open to participants interested in different programs across all faculties at UBC. Please note that we will not be able to provide answers to questions regarding application or admissions policies or any that involve specific personal information.
TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement
IELTS Overall Score Requirement
Tuition / Program Costs
|Fees||Canadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / Diplomat||International|
|Installments per year||3||3|
|Tuition per installment||$1,632.61||$2,868.22|
|Tuition per year||$4,897.83||$8,604.66|
|Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible)||$3,200.00 (-)|
|Other Fees and Costs|
|Student Fees (yearly)||$923.38 (approx.)|
|Costs of living (yearly)||starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)|
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.
Completion Rates & Times
This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.
Adem, Alejandro (Cohomology of finite groups, orbifolds, stringy topology, algebra, sporadic simple group, group actions, arithmetic groups, K-theory, homotopy theory, spaces of homomorphisms)
Angel, Omer (Probability theory, percolation, random graphs, random walks, particle processes, scaling limits)
Anstee, Richard (Discrete Mathematics, Extremal Set Theory, Graph Theory, Matching Theory)
Bachmann, Sven (Mathematical Analysis, Quantum Phenomena, Mathematical physics, Quantum statistical physics, Topological states of matter)
Balmforth, Neil (Fluid mechanics, nonlinear dynamics and applied partial differential equations)
Behrend, Kai (Moduli spaces, Gromov-Witten invariants, string theory, Donaldson-Thomas invariants, Euler characteristics, categorification)
Bennett, Michael (Number Theory, Diophantine Approximation and Classical Analysis)
Bryan, Jim (Quantum invariants)
Cautis, Sabin (Geometry)
Chau, Albert (Differential Geometry and Partial Differential Equations)
Chen, Jingyi (Differential geometry , partial differential equations)
Colliander, James (hamiltonian dynamical systems; partial differential equations; harmonic analysis)
Coombs, Daniel (Cell Signaling and Infectious and Immune Diseases, Mathematics, Epidemiology, Mathematical biology, Cell biophysics, Immune cell signalling, Disease models)
Cytrynbaum, Eric (Bacterial cell division, Microtubule and cellular organization, Wave propagation in excitable media)
Doebeli, Michael Walter (Mathematical ecology and evolution, evolution of diversity, adaptive speciation, evolution of cooperation, game theory, experimental evolution in microorganisms)
Feldman, Joel (Mathematical Analysis, Constructive Quantum Field Theory)
Feng, James Jingtao (Fluid Mechanics, Complex fluids, Biophysics, Mathematical biology)
Fraser, Ailana (Differential Geometry, Geometric Analysis)
Friedlander, Michael (numerical optimization, numerical linear algebra, scientific computing, Scientific computing)
Friedman, Joel (Computer Science Theory, Algebraic Graph Theory, Combinatorics)
Frigaard, Ian (Fluid mechanics (visco-plastic fluids))
Froese, Richard Gerd (Mathematics, Mathematical Physics, quantum mechanics, spectral theory, scattering theory)
Ghioca, Dragos (Drinfeld modules, isotrivial semiabelian varieties, Lehmer inequality)
Ghoussoub, Nassif (Mathematical sciences, R&Ed policies, developing science in Africa, Non-linear analysis and partial differential equations)
Gordon, Julia Yulia (Representation theory of p-adic groups and motivic integration; Trace Formula and its applications)