Math & Statistics

Mathematicians seek out patterns, construct rigorous arguments, articulate assumptions, appreciate the value of a precise definition, analyze mathematical models, and create beautiful structures. Statisticians produce trustworthy data, extract meaning and draw practical conclusions from data, test conjectures, provide mathematical evidence, and critique the reasoning of others. In both cases, these skills have a surprising ability to help make sense of the physical, biological, artistic, psychological, economic, social, and philosophical worlds. As a consequence, quantitative expertise is in high demand on the job market. Moreover, rankings of occupations invariably list multiple careers in mathematics and statistics among the very best.

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Location: 
Jeffery Hall
Room number: 
310
Telephone: 
Department Head: 
Dr. Jamie Mingo
Undergraduate Studies Chair: 
G. Smith
Graduate Studies Coordinator: 
J. Mingo

Degree Options

Bachelor of Science (Honours) - BScH

Specialization in Biology and Mathematics
An intensive course of study with approximately two-thirds of your courses within the discipline with a combination of courses within Biology.

Specialization in Computing and Mathematics
An intensive course of study with approximately two-thirds of your courses within the discipline with a combination of courses within Computing.

Specialization in Mathematical Physics
An intensive course of study with approximately two-thirds of your courses within the discipline.

Major in Mathematics or Statistics
A major is an intensive course of study in one discipline, with approximately half of your courses within the discipline with room for an optional minor in any other Arts and Science discipline.

Minor in Mathematics or Statistics
A minor is a less intensive course of study in the discipline that must be combined with a major in another discipline.

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - BAH

Medial in Mathematics or Statistics
A dual course of study in Mathematics or Statistics and any other Arts discipline.

Minor in Mathematics or Statistics
A minor is a less intensive course of study in the discipline that must be combined with a major in another discipline.

For a full list of Degree Plans, see the Academic Calendar

Graduate Degree Options

MASc
MSc Pattern I (Thesis)
MSc Pattern II (Project)
PhD

Job and Career Opportunities for Math or Stats Grads

The Mathematics and Statistics department at Queen’s is multi-faceted. It has several areas of study with ties to Applied Science, Arts & Science, Apple Math, and notable Mathematics and Engineering. Modern communications, control, electrical, mechanical and mechatronic systems require sophisticated mathematical models and analysis. This unique engineering program meets this challenge – the versatile graduates are not only qualified to pursue careers in engineering, but they possess the mathematical skills and insights needed to succeed in the ever changing workplace.

Some of our Math and Stats grads work in the following industries:

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Aerospace
  • Applied Science
  • Architecture
  • Astronomy
  • Auditing
  • Banking
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Business Administration and Management
  • Computer Engineering
  • Credit Management
  • Data Mining and Processing
  • Demography
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Electronics Engineering – Electrical, Mechanical, Industrial Environmental
  • Epidemiology
  • Financial Analysis
  • Information Science
  • International Development
  • Investment
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Planning - strategic
  • Real Estate & Property Development
  • Risk Management
  • Robotics
  • Securities
  • Software Design
  • Statistics
  • Surveying and Cartography
  • Urban and Regional Planning

Career paths for Math and Statistics grads handout from Career Services >

Undergraduate Course Highlights

Mathematics and Statistics courses are taught to students throughout the university, not just in Arts and Science. Popular upper-level courses include Computational Data Analysis, Evolutionary Game Theory, Group Theory, Life Contingencies, Modeling Techniques in Biology, Real Analysis, and an Introduction to Coding Theory.

Undergraduate Admission for Math and Stats

Students apply to either Queen’s Science (QS) or Queen’s Arts (QA) through the OUAC (Ontario Universities Application Centre) website (ouac.on.ca). Secondary School prerequisites include English 4U, Advanced Functions 4U, Calculus 4U, plus two of Biology 4U, Chemistry 4U or Physics 4U.

Graduate Studies in Math and Stats

One of our basic principles is that our graduate students acquire both breadth and depth of knowledge. Breadth is achieved by our system of core courses which provides students with the basis of modern mathematics and statistics. Integration into research teams and active participation in seminars leads to depth of knowledge and the opportunity to take part in cutting edge research in mathematics and statistics. Much of the research activity of the Department is centered around our seminars where faculty, grads and visitors develop and report on new research.

“I can’t put a measure on how much I’m enjoying the experience. Queen’s is a fantastic place to be in terms of research opportunities. They have such a large number of well-respected researchers, and they never hesitate to share their expertise with you. Our department is big enough to do meaningful research and small enough to be close-knit. There’s nowhere else I’d rather be.” Patrick Reynolds, Ph.D., 2010

Graduate Degrees

M.Sc. Pattern I - 18-24 months
M.Sc. Pattern II- 12 months
M.A.Sc.: 18-24 months
Ph.D.: 4 years

Field of Study

  • Algebra and Number Theory
  • Analysis, Geometry and Topology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics & Engineering
  • Probability and Statistics

Funding

M.Sc, & M.A.Sc.: Up to $21,750 per year

Ph.D.: $21,750 minimum per year.  The funding package can consist of teaching assistantship or teaching fellowship, research assistantships, internal awards and external awards. We encourage all students to apply for additional funding through NSERC, OGS and other sources. Entering graduate students who are awarded federal government tri-council awards are automatically provided a top-up from Queen’s in the first year of their program.

Jennifer Read
Graduate Assistant
Phone: (613) 533-2405
E-mail: gradapp@mast.queensu.ca

Alumni Profile

Rhodes Scholar, Nithum Thain, completed his BScH in 2006, scoring a perfect GPA along the way while being the captain of the fencing team at Queen’s, where he won two provincial gold medals. He has enjoyed a wide range of professional opportunities – starting off at Empire Avenue as the VP of Research working on the algorithms that ran their online gaming platform, and followed by being a business development analyst at createLIVE. Currently running his own consulting company, Insight Capital Partners, Thain is helping both sides in the capital raising equation.