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Mathematics

Build a solid foundation in mathematical and statistical theory with a view to applications in science and industry.

Graduate Degrees

Program Components Duration
MSc Coursework and thesis 24 months
PhD Coursework and dissertation 48 months

The Mathematics graduate program at the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus in Kelowna, BC offers tier-one research-based degrees to students in a collegial, close-knit setting.

Our dynamic faculty and students are engaged in a variety of research projects, many in collaboration with partners in government, non-profit agencies and industry.

Our research-based MSc and PhD degrees in Mathematics provide students with theoretical, practical and analytical expertise, as well as experience in the application of scientific results to real-world problems.

Mathematics students enrolled in the MSc program will learn theory and methods, as well as undertake a practical research project. Graduates with the MSc degree are prepared for employment opportunities in research and teaching, as well as industry and government or for further studies leading toward an advanced degree such as a PhD.

Formal milestones for the program include: completion of coursework in mathematics and statistics; preparing, presenting and defending a research proposal; collecting and analyzing data; writing and defending the thesis; and ideally publishing the research results. Most MSc students become Teaching Assistants for at least one semester in order to gain valuable experience and to learn effective communications strategies.

The MSc degree requires the completion of a minimum of 18 credits in coursework and 12 credits for the MSc thesis (MATH 549). The student must complete a minimum of 4 approved graduate course credits every Winter term until the term in which they will complete their coursework. Additional coursework may be required at the discretion of the supervisory committee.

Exceptional MSc students can transfer to the PhD program after one year if they meet program requirements and are approved by the Graduate Program Advisory Committee.

The PhD is an advanced research degree that requires original and substantive contributions to the advancement of our understanding of an area of mathematics or statistics. Graduates of the PhD program are prepared for careers that involve teaching and/or conducting independent research within academic, governmental and industrial settings.

Formal milestones for the program include: completion of courses in mathematics and statistics; passing a candidacy examination that demonstrates breadth and depth of knowledge in one's chosen field and specialization; preparing, presenting and defending a dissertation research proposal; completing and defending a dissertation; and communicating research results via presentations and publications in scientific journals. Most PhD students become Teaching Assistants for at least two semesters in order to gain valuable experience and to enhance their communications skills.

The PhD degree requires the completion of a minimum of 30 graduate course credits approved by the student's supervisor committee. Up to 18 course credits from an MSc program may count towards satisfying this requirement. PhD students are also required to obtain 6 approved graduate course credits per year, until the dissertation proposal examination is passed.

Upon passing the proposal exam, PhD students become candidates and are eligible to teach courses if they meet program requirements, and are approved by the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

Related Programs


Research & Supervisors

Graduate students can pursue these and other faculty research and teaching interests, focusing on the following four areas of specialization:

Mathematical Biology and Differential Equations:

  • Mathematical Biology and Financial Mathematics
  • Mathematical Biology and Global Analysis
  • Mathematical Physics

Number Theory and Algebra:

  • Combinatorics
  • Algebraic Number Theory
  • Categorical Algebra

Optimization and Analysis:

  • Continuous Optimization
  • Numerical Optimization
  • Convex Analysis
  • Nonsmooth Analysis
  • Queuing Theory

Statistics and Probability:

  • Computational Statistics
  • Design and Analysis of Experiments
  • Environmetrics
  • Statistical Machine Learning
  • Spatial Statistics

Exceptional students are invited to apply to join UBC Okanagan's dynamic Mathematics graduate program. Please contact a potential faculty supervisor before you start the application process.

We look forward to hearing about your research interests and career goals.

 
Holger Andreas | holger.andreas@ubc.ca | 250.807.8130
Research interests: Philosophy of science, formal epistemology, logic.
Jeff Andrews | jeff.andrews@ubc.ca | 250.807.9931
Research interests: Clustering and classification via mixture models, with applications to bioinformatics.
Heinz Bauschke | heinz.bauschke@ubc.ca | 250.807.8529
Research interests: Convex analysis; optimization; monotone operator theory.
  • Convex Analysis
  • Continuous Optimization
  • Optimization
John Braun | john.braun@ubc.ca | 250.807.8032
Research interests: Computational statistics, with applications to fire science; statistical process control; statistical education.
  • Computational Statistics
  • Spatial Statistics
Wayne Broughton | wayne.broughton@ubc.ca | 250.807.9531
Research interests: Combinatorial design theory and graph theory.
  • Combinatorics
  • Algebraic Number Theory
Ed Butz | ed.butz@ubc.ca | 250.807.9533
Research interests: Optimal risk management strategies in neuroscience; risk management in finance.
  • Financial Mathematics
Sylvie Desjardins | sylvie.desjardins@ubc.ca | 250.807.8676
Research interests: Mathematical ecology and insect dispersal.
  • Environmetrics
Sylvia Esterby | sylvia.esterby@ubc.ca |
Research interests: Environmetrics and ecological statistics.
  • Environmetrics
Yong Gao | yong.gao@ubc.ca | 250.807.9503
Research interests: Algorithmic and computational problems in artificial intelligence and network science; applications in social media and computational biology; graph theory and probabilistic method.
Paramjit Gill | paramjit.gill@ubc.ca | 250.807.9534
Research interests: Sports analytics; statistical stylometry; social networks models.
  • Statistical Machine Learning
Warren Hare | warren.hare@ubc.ca | 250.807.9378
Research interests: Mathematical optimization; nonconvex analysis; derivative-free optimization; bundle methods; applications in road design.
  • Numerical Optimization
  • Convex Analysis
Andrew Irvine | andrew.irvine@ubc.ca | 250.807.9704
Research interests: Philosophy of logic, philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of law.
Jason Loeppky | jason.loeppky@ubc.ca | 250.807.8795
Research interests: Design and analysis of experiments for both physical processes and computer based simulation models; applications include environmental and industrial statistics.
  • Design and Analysis of Experiments
Yves Lucet | yves.lucet@ubc.ca | 250.807.9505
Research interests: Optimization and convex analysis; modelling; model road design to minimize construction costs under safety and environmental constraints; creating algorithms for computer-aided convex analysis; visualizing operators in 2-D, 3-D and 4-D; optimizing student learning under time budget constraint.
Blair Spearman | blair.spearman@ubc.ca | 250.807.9583
Research interests: Algebraic number theory.
  • Algebraic Number Theory
Javad Tavakoli | javad.tavakoli@ubc.ca | 250.807.9535
Research interests: Queuing systems; systems dynamics to investigate the effects of education expenditures and opportunities on unemployment and poverty for certain populations; and categorical algebra, applicable to computer communications and staffing facilities such as call centres, police stations, hospitals and similar institutions where the choice of the service rate is crucial.
  • Queuing Theory
  • Categorical Algebra
Rebecca Tyson | rebecca.tyson@ubc.ca | 250.807.8766
Research interests: Mathematical biology and spatial ecology; mathematical models of ecological systems; the development and analysis of mathematical and computational models designed to answer questions about population dynamics, persistence and dispersal; areas of interest include agriculture, forestry; cyclic predator-prey populations, effect of climate change.
  • Mathematical Biology
  • Spatial Statistics
Daniel Vollick | daniel.vollick@ubc.ca | 250.807.9512
Research interests: General relativity; black holes; cosmology; string theory.
Shawn Wang | shawn.wang@ubc.ca | 250.807.9524
Research interests: Variational analysis, convex analysis, optimization and classical analysis; optimization applications in signal processing, statistics and communications.
  • Nonsmooth Analysis
Qiduan Yang | qiduan.yang@ubc.ca | 250.807.9540
Research interests: Representations of symmetric and alternating groups; Galois groups of polynomials; and algebraic number theory; applications include molecular vibration in physics and chemistry.
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Algebraic Number Theory
Xinmin Yang | xmyang@cqnu.edu.cn
Research interests: Convex analysis, optimization, variational analysis.
Prof. Heinz Bauschke, Canada Research Chair
Math = Beauty + Practicality
Assoc. Prof. Rebecca Tyson
Applying mathematical biology to struggling colonies

Students & Theses

Meet Our Students

See what our students are up to—check out the Mathematics Graduate Students page for their research interests, supervisors, alma maters and contact info.

QSCU

The Quantitative Sciences Course Union (QSCU) is a student union dedicated to connecting mathematics, computer science, physics and statistics students with each other, the university and the community in order to enhance their research, learning and overall experience at UBC Okanagan.

Theses & Dissertations

Search all UBC Okanagan Mathematics student publications at cIRcle, the University's digital repository for research and teaching material.

Walaa Moursi, PhD Student
“The language of mathematics is universal.”
Jessica Xu, Mathematics Instructor 
UBC Alumna (PhD 2016) 

Admission Requirements

Master of Science Applicants (MSc)

Applicants to the MSc program are expected to have an honours degree or BSc in Mathematics or a related field, with a minimum average of B+ (76%) or better in their third- or fourth-year classes; or at least 12 credits in third- and fourth-year classes in their intended field of study with an A- (80%) grade or better average; or significant formal training and relevant professional experience. Your background training must be sufficient for advanced work in your chosen field.

Doctor of Philosophy Applicants (PhD)

PhD applicants will normally have a BSc in Mathematics or a related field, with a B+ (76%) or better in the MSc coursework and thesis, with clear evidence of research ability or potential. Your background training must be sufficient for advanced work in your chosen field.

In exceptional cases, applicants who do not meet the requirements stated above, but who have had significant formal training and relevant professional experience, may be granted admission on the recommendation of the Mathematics graduate program advisory committee and approval of the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

MORE INFORMATION

Visit the UBC Okanagan Academic Calendar* for full admission and program requirements information. The Calendar is a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services and academic policies at the University of British Columbia.

* In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Master of Science Applicants (MSc)

All applicants to the MSc programs are expected to have a BSc in Mathematics or a related field, with a B+ (76%) average or better in their third- or fourth-year classes, or at least 12 credits in third- and fourth-year classes in their intended field of study with an A- (80%) or better average. Your background training must be sufficient for advanced work in your chosen field.

Doctor of Philosophy Applicants (PhD)

PhD applicants will normally have a BSc in Mathematics or a related field, with a B+ (76%) average or better in the MSc coursework and thesis. Your background training must be sufficient for advanced work in your chosen field.

In exceptional cases, applicants who do not meet the requirements stated above, but who have had significant formal training and relevant professional experience, may be granted admission on the recommendation of the Mathematics graduate program advisory committee and the approval of the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

MORE INFORMATION

Visit the UBC Okanagan Academic Calendar* for full admission and program requirements information. The Calendar is a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services and academic policies at the University of British Columbia.

* In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Required Grades and Credential Guide

Grades and degree credentials required by UBC vary by country. Search the Required Grades and Credential Guide—a guide to assist international students in estimating their eligibility.

International Advisors

An international student advisor can answer questions about immigration, medical insurance and the transition to UBC's Okanagan campus in Kelowna, BC, Canada. Go to the International Programs and Services website to meet the team.


Tuition & Funding

Tuition

Program Schedule Domestic (per year) International (per year)
MSc Full-time $4,707.66 $8,270.55
PhD Full-time $4,707.66 $8,270.55

Tuition is paid three times a year at the beginning of each term, and on the first day of the term, as per the Academic Calendar: Winter Term 1, Winter Term 2, and Summer Term.

Visit the UBC Okanagan Academic Calendar* for full admission and program requirements information; the Calendar is a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services and academic policies at the University of British Columbia.

* In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Graduate student stipends are funded through a combination of internal and external funding awards, Teaching Assistantships (TA) and Research Assistantships (RA).

Although funding and stipend amounts are not guaranteed, Mathematics has a number of TAs and RAs available for qualified students. Talk to your potential supervisor about funding opportunities. Students are expected whenever possible to apply for relevant scholarships and fellowships. These include principally, but are not limited to, Canadian Tri-Council scholarships, University Graduate Fellowships, and Graduate Dean's Entrance Scholarships.

Stipends

The Mathematics graduate program normally offers the following funding to eligible students:

Program Minimum Annual Stipend Duration
MSc $17,000 - $22,000 per year 2 years
PhD $19,000 - $24,000 per year 4 years

Check the Assistantships tab for more details.

Teaching Assistantships

Teaching Assistantships (TA): Providing financial support, TAs allow graduate students to develop skills in teaching, supervision, facilitation and student assessment. TAs may lead seminars, help teach undergraduate courses, or assist in student evaluations and marking. TAs are mentored both from their supervisor and via the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Research Assistantships

Research Assistantships (RA): As a paid research assistant, RA students assist their supervisor or other researchers in conducting high-level research, which often contributes to the student's thesis. RAs are typically funded by the supervisor's external grants, contracts or other sources of funding.

Scholarships & Awards

UBC Awards: The College of Graduate Studies administers merit-based graduate awards at the Okanagan campus. The College manages a number of award competitions each year and administers payment of all internal awards and selected external awards.

External Awards: All prospective graduate students (Domestic and International) should explore and apply for external awards and fellowships, including awards offered by Canada's three research councils: CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC.

Graduate scholarships and awards may also be available from foundations such as Mitacs, private organizations or foreign governments (check with your country's education authority).


How to Apply

Find a Supervisor

Please contact our faculty before starting your application. Admission to the program requires the support of a faculty supervisor as well as meeting program-specific criteria for admission requirements.

A complete application package will contain:

  • Online application and application fee
  • Official transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended
  • English language test (for non-native speakers of English)
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) or resumé
  • Three reference forms or letters

Applying takes time. We recommend you start your application two months in advance of published deadlines.

For full consideration students should apply by the following deadlines:

Intake Application Deadline 
Domestic applicants
September January 15
January May 15
International applicants
September January 15
January May 15

UBC'S Okanagan Campus

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. In the Mathematics graduate program at UBC's Okanagan campus, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally respected university while studying in a close-knit learning community.

UBC Okanagan

UBC's Okanagan campus borders the dynamic city of Kelowna, a hub of economic development with a population of about 150,000 people—the fourth fastest growing population in Canada. In fact, the Okanagan Valley is rated one of the best communities in Canada to grow your business.

More than 160 buses travel daily from campus to key locations such as Kelowna's cultural district and thriving downtown waterfront. The campus is two minutes from the Kelowna International Airport, one of the Top 10 busiest airports in Canada.

UBC Okanagan is situated within the First Nations territory of the Okanagan Nation, whose spirit of stewardship for the land is reflected in the university's respect for sustainability.

A diverse natural region with sandy beaches, beautiful farms, vineyards and orchards, and snow-capped mountains, the Okanagan Valley features sweeping stretches of lakeside and endless mountain trails for biking and hiking.

Check out this 360-degree video: Kelowna From Above*.

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Full-time UBC Okanagan students can live in residence, which offers modern living with easy access to academic and personal support. Residences are surrounded by hiking and biking trails, plus panoramic views of the campus and valley.

The Student Residence website includes helpful information about Important Dates for living on campus, plus options and resources for Living Off Campus.

Kelowna Off Campus Student Housing is a public Facebook group that shares notes about housing options, finding roommates, and vaccines in Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley.*

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Join the club! Make friends with similar interests, and organize and participate in academic and recreational events in the Quantitative Sciences Course Union (QSCU). The QSCU is comprised of grad students in mathematics, computer science, physics and statistics.

There are orientation events for all graduate students, including the College of Graduate Studies' incoming graduate student orientation, Jumpstart for international graduate students, and the Create New Student Orientation series.

Stay active. Take advantage of the many opportunities to get involved and play—from workout space in the new Hangar Fitness and Wellness Centre and our 1,561 square-metre gymnasium, to athletic courts, intramurals, fitness classes and nationally ranked varsity athletics. Have a ball in Sports and Recreation.

Relax. The Graduate Collegium is a gathering place where grad students can hang out, eat lunch, spend time with their fellow students, and attend or host special events. The lounge-style room is open seven days and week and is outfitted with comfortable furniture, kitchen facilities, and individual and group-work spaces.

The College of Graduate Studies is your hub for administrative support and such things as graduate workshops for professional development and for assisting you from the admissions process through to your graduation.

The Library's Centre for Scholarly Communication (CSC) supports graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, staff and faculty in disseminating their research. The CSC provides one-on-one consultations and workshops, including writing support for theses, dissertations, journal articles and grant proposals.

The Centre for Teaching and Learning provides support related to teaching, TA training and use of technology in educational programming.

Career Development

With a Mathematics MSc or PhD degree from the University of British Columbia, graduates are well-positioned to thrive in a variety of occupations, such as:

  • Applied Mathematician
  • Biostatistician
  • Budget Analyst
  • Commodity Manager
  • Credit Analyst
  • Compensation Consultant
  • Cryptographer (mathematical security)
  • Data Analyst
  • Data Scientist
  • Enterprise Risk Manager
  • Financial Modeler
  • Industry Researcher
  • Inventory Control Specialist
  • Investment Analyst
  • Market Analyst
  • Mathematical Technician
  • Operations Research Analyst
  • Pollster
  • Public Health Statistician
  • Quantitative Analyst
  • Risk Assessor
  • Statistician

Career Services

Map out your future and prepare to hit the ground running with resources and services provided by the Advising & Involvement Centre.

Tell your story with resumé and cover-letter strategies, and search Work Study jobs for experience relevant to your degree and career goals. You can also book an appointment to meet one-on-one with our career advisor.

alumni UBC

alumni UBC is a member-driven association that offers a variety of lifetime programming and communications to enrich the lives of UBC graduates.

The 'Your Next Step' program offers webinars, speaker series and professional development sessions. It is designed to provide advice, tips and resources in areas of career development to graduates for life after university.

Realize the promise of a global community with shared ambition for a better world and an exceptional UBC.

Inquire

Dr. Shawn Wang
Graduate Program Coordinator 
250.807.9524
shawn.wang@ubc.ca

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