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.
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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
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September 2020 Intake
Application Open Date01 October 2019
Tuition / Program Costs
|Fees||Canadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / Diplomat||International|
|Installments per year||3||3|
|Tuition per installment||$1,665.26||$2,925.58|
|Tuition per year|
(plus annual increase, usually 2%-5%)
|Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible)||$3,200.00 (-)|
|Other Fees and Costs|
|Student Fees (yearly)||$930.14 (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. 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.
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.
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)
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)