Doctor of Philosophy
Program Description
Students in the PhD program can conduct research in the fields of 1) Statistical Theory and Applications or 2) Probability or 3) Actuarial Science and Mathematical Finance. The research conducted in the department is vast and covers a diverse set of areas in theoretical and applied aspects of Statistical Sciences. Students have the opportunity to work in multidisciplinary areas and team up with researchers in, for example, Biostatistics, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, and the Rotman School of Management. The main purpose of the program is to prepare students for pursuing advanced research both in academia and in research institutes.
Applicants may enter the PhD program via one of two routes: 1) following completion of an appropriate master’s degree or 2) direct entry after completing an appropriate bachelor’s degree (excluding Actuarial Science and Mathematical Finance).
Fields:
1) Statistical Theory and Applications;
2) Probability
PhD Program
Minimum Admission Requirements

Admission to the PhD program is competitive, and applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.

Applicants may be accepted with a master's degree in statistics from a recognized university with at least a B+ average. Applicants with degrees in biostatistics, computer science, economics, engineering, mathematics, physics, or any discipline where there is a significant quantitative component will be also be considered.

Three letters of recommendation.

A curriculum vitae.

A letter of intent or personal statement outlining goals for graduate studies.

Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. See General Regulations section 4.3 for requirements.
Program Requirements
Course Requirements
Comprehensive Examination Requirements
Thesis Requirements
Conducting original research is the most important part of doctoral work. The thesis document must constitute significant and original contribution to the field. Students will have yearly meetings with a committee of no less than three faculty members to assess their progress. The completed thesis must be presented and defended within the Department of Statistical Sciences in addition to being presented and defended at the School of Graduate Studies.
Residency Requirements
Students must also satisfy a twoyear residency requirement, whereby students must be on campus fulltime and consequently in geographical proximity to be able to participate fully in the University activities associated with the program.
Program Length
4 years
Time Limit
6 years
PhD Program (DirectEntry)
Minimum Admission Requirements

Admission to the PhD program is competitive, and applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.

Applicants may be accepted via direct entry with a bachelor's degree in statistics from a recognized university with at least an A– average. The department also encourages applicants from biostatistics, computer science, economics, engineering, mathematics, physics, or any discipline where there is a significant quantitative component.

Three letters of recommendation.

A curriculum vitae.

A letter of intent or personal statement outlining goals for graduate studies.

Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. See General Regulations section 4.3 for requirements.
Program Requirements
Course Requirements

During Year 1, students are required to complete the following 3.0 fullcourse equivalents (FCEs):

STA 2111H Probability Theory I

STA 2211H Probability Theory II

STA 2101H Methods of Applied Statistics I

STA 2201H Methods of Applied Statistics II

STA 3000Y Advanced Theory of Statistics

Students must complete an additional 2.0 FCEs at the graduate level. The additional courses must be approved by the Associate Chair of Graduate Studies.
Comprehensive Examination Requirements
Thesis Requirements
Conducting original research is the most important part of doctoral work. The thesis document must constitute significant and original contribution to the field. Students will have yearly meetings with a committee of no less than three faculty members to assess their progress. The completed thesis must be presented and defended within the Department of Statistical Sciences in addition to being presented and defended at the School of Graduate Studies.
Residency Requirements
Students must also satisfy a threeyear residency requirement, whereby students must be on campus fulltime and consequently in geographical proximity to be able to participate fully in the University activities associated with the program.
Program Length
5 years
Time Limit
7 years
Field: Actuarial Science and Mathematical Finance
PhD Program
Minimum Admission Requirements

Admission to the PhD program is competitive, and applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.

Applicants may be accepted with a master's degree in statistics from a recognized university with at least a B+ average. Applicants with degrees in biostatistics, computer science, economics, engineering, mathematics, physics, or any discipline where there is a significant quantitative component will be also be considered.

Three letters of recommendation.

A curriculum vitae.

A letter of intent or personal statement outlining goals for graduate studies.

Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. See General Regulations section 4.3 for requirements.
Program Requirements
Course Requirements
Comprehensive Examination Requirements
Thesis Requirements
Conducting original research is the most important part of doctoral work. The thesis document must constitute significant and original contribution to the field. Students will have yearly meetings with a committee of no less than three faculty members to assess their progress. The completed thesis must be presented and defended within the Department of Statistical Sciences in addition to being presented and defended at the School of Graduate Studies.
Residency Requirements
Students must also satisfy a threeyear residency requirement, whereby students must be on campus fulltime and consequently in geographical proximity to be able to participate fully in the University activities associated with the program.
Program Length
5 years
Time Limit
7 years