Mathematics and Statistics

  • Degrees Offered: MSc, PhD
  • Application Deadline: Open, February 1 for scholarship consideration. 
  • Study Options: Thesis, Report
  • Duration: Two (MSc), Four/Five (PhD) Years
  • Entry Terms: Fall, Winter, Summer

UNB’s Mathematics and Statistics department offers top percentile research programs, plus the chance to study advanced topics with internationally-recognized faculty. It all adds up to a positive university experience, equating to happier students and better job prospects. We generally have around 30 graduate students in a variety of research areas and we host several post-doctoral researchers.

Our graduate programs prepare students for successful careers in government, academia, research and consulting firms, financial and healthcare institutions, engineering and technology firms, as well as respected positions in data security, computer design and cosmology.

Our department is home to the Applied Statistics Centre, which provides statistical consultation for UNB researchers and the community at large, as well as the Centre for Noncommutative Geometry and Topology, which is an international research consortium that includes many renowned mathematicians.  

Current Faculty and Research Areas 

UNB Fredericton

Branimir Ćaćić - Noncommutative differential geometry
M Tariq Hasan - Random effect models, correlated data with excessive zeros 
Viqar Husain - General relativity, quantum gravity 
Dan Kučerovský - Operator theory, geometric functional analysis 
Renjun Ma - Generalized linear models, longitudinal & spatial data analysis
Jeffrey D Picka - Spatial statistics, philosophy of science and inference 
Caroline Purdy - Math education, numerical analysis 
Bahram Rangipour - Noncommutative geometry
Patrick Reynolds - Math education
Mahin Salmani - Hierarchical linear models, mathematical biology 
Alyssa Sankey - Association schemes, designs and codes 
Sanjeev Seahra - General relativity, cosmology, quantum gravity 
Vladimir Tasić - Group theory, Lie algebras and Lie rings, philosophy of mathematics, mathematics in continental philosophy 
Nicholas Touikan - Geometric group theory
Lin Wang - Mathematical biology, applied dynamical systems 
James Watmough - Mathematical biology, mathematical ecology
Edward Wilson-Ewing - Quantum gravity and cosmology 

Guohua Yan - Cluster analysis, mixture models, random effects models 

UNB Saint John 

Tim Alderson - Finite geometries, coding theory 
Andrea Burgess -combinatorial design theory and graph theory 
Mohammad Hamdan - Fluid mechanics 
Rebecca McKay - Ordinary and partial differential equations, dynamical systems, numerical analysis 
Connie StewartCompositional data analysis, statistical ecology and statistical computing

Application requirements

  1. Prior to applying, applicants must contact faculty to secure research supervision.
  2. Pure or Applied Mathematics masters applicants should hold an undergraduate degree in mathematics or a related field with first or second class honours.
  3. Statistics Masters applicants should hold an undergraduate degree in mathematics, statistics or a related field with first or second class honours.
  4. PhD candidates should hold a Masters from a recognized university.
  5. International applicants whose first language is not English must submit language scores that meet or exceed international English language testing system (IELTS) band 7.0.
  6. Applicants must submit a completed application form, including three references and a one-page statement describing research interests. 


Funding from teaching and research assistantships is typically between 17K and 20K depending on the program and top-ups from other sources are possible.  

Contact us

For more information on our program, contact Dr. Viqar Husain, Director of Graduate Studies, or Heidi Stewart, Graduate Studies Coordinator.

Office: Tilley Hall, Rm. 418

Phone: 1-506-458-7488

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