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What will I learn?

Mathematicians study pattern and order, focusing on quantity, arrangement and form. You'll gain a firm foundation in pure mathematics, and flexible options in the program allow you to apply these skills in fields ranging from finance to cryptography.

Program Requirements

This program consists of required and elective courses (12 units), and a thesis (12 units) for a minimum of 24 units. Students who did not complete a MSc degree may be asked to complete additional course work. The graduate course work, across degrees, should demonstrate a breadth of mathematical knowledge. This can be achieved by completing coursework in three of the five groups of courses listed in the Mathematics MSc program; similar breadth from coursework in other major areas of mathematics can satisfy this requirement. All course work is subject to supervisory committee and departmental graduate studies committee approval.

Students must complete a minimum of 24 units, including all of

MATH 875 - PhD Preliminary Examination (0)
MATH 876 - PhD Comprehensive Examination (0)
MATH 879 - PhD Thesis Proposal (0)


8 units of course work from courses numbered 800 or above


4 units of any graduate course

and a thesis

MATH 899 - PhD Thesis (12)

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAN $1,946.94 per term
Start date

Expected September 2022


Simon Fraser University

Burnaby campus,

8888 University Drive,


British Columbia (BC),

V5A 1S6, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements accepted: A minimum TOEFL score of 580 (paper-based).

For international students

The minimum University requirements for admission to a doctoral program are as follows.

i) a master’s degree from Simon Fraser University or its equivalent from a recognized institution

  • Normally, candidates should have a Master of Science (MSc) degree in mathematics or a related discipline to enter the program.

ii) a bachelor's degree, with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5/4.33, or a grade point average of at least 3.67/4.33(A-) based on the last 60 credits of undergraduate courses. All graduate work is also considered. Individual graduate programs may set a higher admission grade point average. Students admitted directly from a bachelor's degree must complete at least 50% of the course work units required for the relevant department's master's program if no course work is required as part of the doctoral degree;

iii) completion of at least 75% of the course work units required for the relevant department’s master’s program, with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5. All graduate courses, whether completed at this University or at an equivalent post-secondary institution, shall be considered in the calculation.

Applicants normally will be required to achieve a minimum score of 7.0 on the International English Language Test System (IELTS - the academic NOT the general test) with a minimum of 6.5 in each section. The Test of English as a Foreign Language(TOEFL) may be used as an equivalent test provided a score of 93 or better is achieved with a minimum of 20 in each section (TOEFL-internet based exam), or TOEFL 580 and the Test of Written English(TWE) 5.0 (paper-based).

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


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