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Statistics, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #251 (WUR) Burnaby, Canada
A Statistics degree at Simon Fraser University prepares you for a future in a world where organizations and institutions need to hire people who can make sense of vast amounts of data. 
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We have prepared a synopsis of the undergraduate programs, including streams of courses for students who specialize in another field and those who specialize in statistics. The synopsis describes major improvements in our undergraduate major, honours, and minor programs in statistics to reflect the current employment market and provide students with an up-to-date, solid foundation for a career as a professional statistician.

The programs include both non-statistics and statistics courses. Non-statistics courses include basic mathematical training in algebra and calculus. Statistics courses train students in the fundamentals of data science and analysis, statistical computing, the communication of statistical concepts, probability theory, the design of experiments, and the understanding of surveys. Typical progression through these courses is illustrated in this flow chart and details about each course are available in our course outlines.

Statisticians analyze data to glean meaningful information. You'll learn algebra and calculus as well as the fundamentals of probability theory, data analysis, and how to use computing and communication in a statistical context. The Statistics program at Simon Fraser University in the Faculty of Science is administered by the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science. You can start this program at the Surrey campus.

Career Opportunities

The world is changing rapidly and you have no way of knowing the full range of career opportunities available to you in the future. Graduates of this program may end up in a range of occupations, including these:

  • Actuary
  • Benefits Administrator
  • Budget Analyst
  • Cost Estimator
  • Database Manager
  • Financial Manager
  • Investment Analyst
  • Mathematician
  • Numerical Analyst
  • Payroll Manager
  • Statistician

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Numerical Analysis 
  • Statistics Communication 
  • Introduction to Stochastic Processes
  • Statistical Analysis of Sample Surveys 
  • Statistical Design and Analysis of Experiments 
  • Applied Multivariate Analysis 
  • Statistical Theory
  • Bayesian Statistics 
  • Applied Discrete Data Analysis 
  • Applied Time Series Analysis 
  • Selected Topics in Probability and Statistics 
  • Directed Studies in Probability and Statistics 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

Students may be admitted by direct entry on their university application, or by application to the Department of Statistics, after they have been admitted. Students applying for a statistics minor must apply to the department.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    979 CAD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 979 CAD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    195 CAD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 195 CAD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Burnaby

  • 1600 - 2700 CAD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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