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.

Quick Facts

Master of Science
Mode of delivery
On campus
Program Components
Coursework + Options
Faculty of Science


TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement


IELTS Overall Score Requirement


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$102.00$165.00
Tuition *
Installments per year33
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)
* 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. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

New registrations199101612
Total enrolment3323293229

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 92.96% based on 71 students admitted between 2007 - 2010. Based on 55 graduations between 2013 - 2016 the minimum time to completion is 1.32 years and the maximum time is 3.66 years with an average of 2.00 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 9 March 2018]. 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: 29 September 2017].

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)
  • Haber, Eldad (Scientific computing and its application to geophysical and medical imaging)
  • 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)
  • Keshet, Leah (Mathematics, Modelization and Simulation, Cell Signaling, Cell Signaling and Cancer, Differential Equation, cell polarity, cell migration, developmental and cellular biology, swarming and aggregation, Rho GTPases)
  • Khosravi, Mahta (analysis, spectral geometry, and analytic number theory)
  • Kim, Young-Heon (Partial Differential Equations and Geometry)
  • Kuske, Rachel (Nonlinear dynamics and applied partial differential equations)
  • 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 (Calculus of variations, optimal control theory, nonsmooth analysis, mathematical programming, numerical methods, engineering applications)
  • 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, Grup Theory)


Further Program Information


September 2018 Intake

Application Open Date
01 October 2017
Canadian Applicant Deadline
31 December 2017
International Applicant Deadline
31 December 2017

September 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
01 October 2018
Canadian Applicant Deadline
31 December 2018
International Applicant Deadline
31 December 2018

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