What will I learn?

Program Requirements

Students will study theoretical and applied statistics and related fields; the program will train them to become independent scientists able to develop and apply statistical methods in medicine and biology and make original contributions to the theoretical and scientific foundations of statistics in these disciplines. Graduates will be prepared to develop new statistical methods as needed and apply new and existing methods in a range of collaborative projects. Graduates will be able to communicate methods and results to collaborators and other audiences, and teach biostatistics to biostatistics students, students in related fields, and professionals in academic and other settings.


A thesis for the doctoral degree must constitute original scholarship and must be a distinct contribution to knowledge. It must show familiarity with previous work in the field and must demonstrate ability to plan and carry out research, organize results, and defend the approach and conclusions in a scholarly manner. The research presented must meet current standards of the discipline; as well, the thesis must clearly demonstrate how the research advances knowledge in the field. Finally, the thesis must be written in compliance with norms for academic and scholarly expression and for publication in the public domain.

Required Courses

BIOS 700 Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination Part A
BIOS 701 Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination Part B
BIOS 702 Ph.D. Proposal

Complementary Courses (46 credits)

0-28 credits from the following list: (if a student has not already successfully completed them or their equivalent)

BIOS 601 Epidemiology: Introduction and Statistical Models (4 credits)
BIOS 602 Epidemiology: Regression Models (4 credits)
BIOS 624 Data Analysis & Report Writing (4 credits)
MATH 523 Generalized Linear Models (4 credits)
MATH 533 Regression and Analysis of Variance (4 credits)
MATH 556 Mathematical Statistics 1 (4 credits)
MATH 557 Mathematical Statistics 2 (4 credits)

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$16,750.76 (US$ 13,328) per year
CAN $558.36 per credit hour. This fee is for 2021-2022 year, and it may be subject to change in the coming year.
Application deadline

1 December 2022

Start date

31 August 2022, 30 August 2023


McGill University

Downtown Campus,

845 Sherbrooke Street West,


Quebec (QC),

H3A 0G4, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Entry into the doctoral program is limited to applicants who have earned an academic master's degree in Religious Studies or Theology in a recognized graduate program, or those who have finished the course requirements of such a program with a minimum CGPA of 3.5/4.0.

For international students

An undergraduate degree in mathematics or statistics or its equivalent (an honours degree is preferred, but not required). At least three semesters of calculus; two semesters of linear algebra; at least one (but preferably two) semesters of real analysis; and a full-year course/sequence in mathematical statistics, preferably at an honours level, e.g., MATH 356/MATH 357.

Students with the above qualifications, in addition to an M.Sc. degree in Statistics or Biostatistics, will be considered for Ph.D. admission.

Language Requirement

The minimum TOEFL score required, when applicable, is 100 on the Internet-based test. The minimum score for IELTS is 6.5.

Application Deadline: For Fall Term: Dec. 1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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