Master of Science in Mathematics (MSc)

Overview

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.

Quick Facts

Degree
Master of Science
Subject
Science
Mode of delivery
On campus
Specialization
Mathematics
Program Components
Coursework + Options
Faculty
Faculty of Science

Program Enquiries

If you have reviewed the information on this program page and understand the requirements for this program, you may send an enquiry

Admission Information & Requirements

In order to apply to this program, the following components may be required.

Online Application

All applicants must complete an online application form and pay the application fee to be considered for admission to UBC.

Transcripts

All applicants have to submit transcripts from all past post-secondary study. Document submission requirements depend on whether your institution of study is within Canada or outside of Canada.

Minimum Academic Requirements

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies establishes the minimum admission requirements common to all applicants, usually a minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC). The graduate program that you are applying to may have additional requirements. Please review the specific requirements for applicants with credentials from institutions in:

Each program may set higher academic minimum requirements. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission as it is a competitve process.

Letters of Reference

A minimum of three references are required for application to graduate programs at UBC. References should be requested from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications. 

Statement of Interest

Many programs require a statement of interest, sometimes called a "statement of intent", "description of research interests" or something similar.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application.

Minimum requirements for the two most common English language proficiency tests to apply to this program are listed below:

100
22
21
22
21
7.0
6.5
6.5
6.5
6.5

Supervision

Students in research-based programs usually require a faculty member to function as their supervisor. Please follow the instructions provided by each program whether applicants should contact faculty members.

This program has not specified whether applicants should reach out to faculty members. Please review the program website for additional details.

Test Scores (GRE / GMAT or similar)

Some programs require additional test scores such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Test (GMAT). The requirements for this program are:

The GRE is not required.

Citizenship Verification

Permanent Residents of Canada must provide a clear photocopy of both sides of the Permanent Resident card.

Deadline Details

Application Deadline

Deadline to submit online application. No changes can be made to the application after submission.

Transcript Deadline

Deadline to upload scans of official transcripts through the applicant portal in support of a submitted application. Information for accessing the applicant portal will be provided after submitting an online application for admission.

Referee Deadline

Deadline for the referees identified in the application for admission to submit references. See Letters of Reference for more information.

September 2021 Intake

Application Open Date
01 October 2020
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 31 December 2020
Transcript Deadline: 15 January 2021
Referee Deadline: 15 January 2021
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 31 December 2020
Transcript Deadline: 15 January 2021
Referee Deadline: 15 January 2021

Funding Sources

Applicants to UBC have access to a variety of funding options, including merit-based (i.e. based on your academic performance) and need-based (i.e. based on your financial situation) opportunities.

We encourage all applicants to review the awards listing to identify potential opportunities to fund your graduate education. The database lists merit-based scholarships and awards and allows for filtering by various criteria, such as domestic vs. international or degree level.

In addition to scholarships and awards, applicants may be eligible to apply for financial aid or other benefits in the form of loans, bursaries, tax credits, or similar.

Career Options

Many of our MSc graduates go on to doctoral studies in mathematics and related fields, at UBC and other universities in Canada and other top departments around the world. However, a significant fraction of students move into careers in industry. Students considering non-academic careers are encouraged to complete an industrial internship (for instance through the Mitacs Accelerate program - headquartered at UBC) during their studies.

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$106.00$168.25
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,698.56$2,984.09
Tuition per year
(plus annual increase, usually 2%-5%)
$5,095.68$8,952.27
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$944.51 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,954.00 (check cost calculator)
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
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. Tuition fees are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors. In recent years, tuition increases have been 2% for continuing domestic students and between 2% and 5% for continuing international students. New students may see higher increases in tuition. Admitted students who defer their admission are subject to the potentially higher tuition fees for incoming students effective at the later program start date. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Statistical Data

These statistics show data for the Master of Science in Mathematics (MSc). Data are separated for each degree program combination. You may view data for other degree options in the respective program profile.

Enrolment Data

 20182017201620152014
Applications13813996114127
Offers333992731
New registrations91991016
Total enrolment3333232932

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 93.67% based on 79 students admitted between 2009 - 2012. Based on 41 graduations between 2015 - 2018 the minimum time to completion is 1.32 years and the maximum time is 3.66 years with an average of 1.95 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Disclaimer
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 22 March 2019]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. Rates and times of completion depend on a number of variables (e.g. curriculum requirements, student funding), some of which may have changed in recent years for some programs [data updated: 27 October 2019].

Research Supervisors

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.

  • Gordon, Julia Yulia (Representation theory of p-adic groups and motivic integration; Trace Formula and its applications)
  • Gustafson, Stephen James (Mathematical Analysis, Differential Equation, Global and Non-Linear Analysis, Mathematical physics, Nonlinear partial differential equations, Topological solitons, Nonlinear waves)
  • Hauert, Christoph (Modelization and Simulation, Evolution and Phylogenesis, Biological Behavior, evolution, game theory, social dilemmas, dynamical systems, stochastic processes)
  • Karu, Kalle (Algebraic geometry, toric varieties, log geometry, combinatorics of fans and posets)
  • Kim, Young-Heon (Partial Differential Equations and Geometry)
  • Laba, Izabella (Harmonic analysis, geometric measure theory and additive combinatorics)
  • Li, Yue-Xian (Calcium signalling in neuroendocrine cells Fertilization calcium waves in oocytes)
  • Loewen, Philip (Mathematics, Calculus of Variations)
  • Macdonald, Colin (List of publications; The Closest Point Method: a new method for PDEs on surfaces; Time-stepping for PDEs: constructing Runge-Kutta methods, strong-stability-preserving methods (visit the SSP Site); WENO spatial discretizations; The Predicted Sequential Regularization Method; List of talks and presentations.)
  • Marcus, Brian Harry (Coding and information theory, symbolic dynamics, ergodic theory and dynamical systems )
  • Martin, Gregory (Number theory, Diophantine Approximation and Classical Analysis)
  • Nagata, K Wayne (Nonlinear dynamics and applied partial differential equations)
  • Ollivier, Rachel (Langlands Programme, a central theme in pure mathematics which predicts deep connections between number theory and representation theory; )
  • Peirce, Anthony (Scientific computing, nonlinear dynamics and applied partial differential equations)
  • Perkins, Edwin (Probability )
  • Plan, Yaniv (applied probability, high-dimensional inference, random matrix theory, compressive sensing, and matrix completion.)
  • Pramanik, Malabika (Harmonic analysis, partial differential equations, several complex variables)
  • Ramdorai, Sujatha (Algebraic theory of quadratic forms, non-cummutative Iwasawa theory, motives )
  • Rechnitzer, Andrew (Enumerative combinatorics, Simulation of combinatorial objects, Lattice statistical mechanics)
  • Reichstein, Zinovy (Algebra, algebraic geometry, algebraic groups)
  • Silberman, Lior (Mathematics, Metric geometry, Number theory, Automorphic forms, Analysis on manifolds, Topology, Homogenous dynamics, Representation Theory, Group Theory)

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Further Program Information

 
 

September 2021 Intake

Application Open Date
01 October 2020
Canadian Applicant Deadline
31 December 2020
International Applicant Deadline
31 December 2020
 

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