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

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Requirements

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement

100
22
21
22
21

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

7.0
6.5
6.5
6.5
6.5

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 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
01 October 2019
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 31 December 2019
Transcript Deadline: 15 January 2020
Referee Deadline: 15 January 2020
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 31 December 2019
Transcript Deadline: 15 January 2020
Referee Deadline: 15 January 2020

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$104.00$168.25
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,665.26$2,925.58
Tuition per year
(plus annual increase, usually 2%-5%)
$4,995.78$8,776.74
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)
* 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

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.

  • Slade, Gordon (Renormalisation, Lace explansion, self-avoiding walk, scaling limits)
  • Solymosi, Jozsef (Additive Combinatorics, Discrete and Computational Geometry, Graph theory, and Combinatorial Number Theory)
  • Tsai, Tai-Peng (Differential equations and mathematical physics)
  • Van Willigenburg, Stephanie (algebraic combinatorics, Coxeter group, quasisymmetric function, Schur functions and generalizations, chromatic symmetric function)
  • Vatsal, Vinayak (Canonical periods, congruence formula, elliptic curve, Iwasawa invariants, Heegner points, L-functions)
  • Wachs, Anthony (Fluid mechanics, Particle-laden flows, Non Newtonian flows, Heat and mass transfer, Numerical simulation, High performance computing, Multi-scale modelling)
  • Ward, Michael Jeffrey (Applied analysis, singular perturbations, reaction-diffusion theory, mathematical modeling and scientific compution, nonlinear dynamics and applied partial differential equations )
  • Wei, Juncheng (nonlinear partial differential equations, applied and geometric analysis, reaction-diffusion systems, singular perturbations and concentration phenomena, mathematical biology, singularity formations in fluids)
  • Wetton, Brian (Scientific computing, fluid mechanics)
  • Williams, Thomas (application of homotopy-theoretic methods to problems in, or inspired by, algebra and algebraic geometry.)
  • Yilmaz, Ozgur (Mathematical problems related to analog-to-digital conversion, blind source separation, sparse approximations and compressed sensing, and applications in seismic signal processing)
  • Zahl, Joshua (classical harmonic analysis, discrete geometry, Kakeya-type maximal functions)

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September 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
01 October 2019
Canadian Applicant Deadline
31 December 2019
International Applicant Deadline
31 December 2019
 

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