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Mathematics (MSc, PhD)

Part of the Faculty of Science

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Program Overview

Format: Full-time

Degree Earned: Master of Science or PhD

This program welcomes motivated students seeking to acquire mathematical skills to advance their academic or industry career goals. MSc students produce high-quality work in the form of a thesis or major research paper, and learn how to write technical and scientific reports and communicate complex results to a general audience.

Grounded in applied research, the new, tight-knit PhD program combines various mathematical modelling aspects of biomathematics, discrete mathematics and financial mathematics to prepare highly skilled research scientists for careers in academia and industry.

Both the master's and doctoral degree's are grounded in three main research groups:

  • Financial mathematics
  • Biomathematics and fluids
  • Discrete mathematics and networks

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At a Glance


  • Completion of a four-year bachelor of science degree in mathematics or a related discipline
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) or equivalent of 3.00/4.33 (B) in the last two years of study
  • Resumé/CV
  • Statement of interest
  • Two letters of recommendation


  • Completion of a master of science degree in applied mathematics or related discipline
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) or equivalent of 3.33/4.33 (B+)
  • Resumé/CV
  • Statement of interest demonstrating evidence of research potential
  • Three letters of recommendation from former professors familiar with the applicant’s abilities 

Applicants may be required to provide certification of English language proficiency. For more information, review the Yeates School of Graduate Studies admission requirements.

For detailed fees information visit Fees by Program.

  • Biomathematics
  • Biostatistics
  • Complex Networks
  • Computer Security
  • Cryptography
  • Data Mining
  • Differential Equations and Operator Theory
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Foundations of Statistical Mechanics
  • Graph Theory
  • Machine Learning
  • Software Testing
  • Advanced Numerical Analysis
  • Analysis and Probability
  • Applied Statistical Methods
  • Discrete Mathematics and its Applications
  • Partial Differential Equations
  • Principles and Techniques in Applied Mathematics

Admissions Contact

Graduate Studies Admissions Office
11th Floor, 1 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON
Telephone: 416-979-5150
Fax: 416-979-5153

Program Contacts

Dr. Silvana Ilie
Graduate Program Director
PhD, Applied Mathematics, Western University
Research areas:Computational biology, development and analysis of simulation methods for biochemical systems, numerical methods, analysis and computation
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 4870

Teresa Lee
Program Administrator
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 4867
Fax: 416-979-5153

Student Profiles

Shengzhong Chen, MSc student

From the financial mathematics research group, Chen is a recipient of the prestigious NSERC CGS-M, and is also a holder of the Geoff Boyes award.

Jill Padgett, MSc alumna

From the biomathematics and fluids research group, Padgett is a recipient of a Ryerson University Gold MedalOntario Graduate Scholarship and a Queen Elizabeth II -GSST award

Erin Meger, PhD student and MSc alumna

From the discrete mathematics and networks research group, Meger is recipient of the Ontario Graduate Scholarship and YSGS Graduate Student Leadership Award

student working at a desk

How to Apply

Once you’ve made an informed choice about which program(s) you are going to apply to, preparing your application requires careful research and planning.


At Ryerson, we understand that pursuing graduate studies is a significant financial investment. Funding comes from a combination of employment contracts (as a teaching assistant), scholarships, awards and stipends. There are a number of additional funding sources – internal and external – available to graduate students that can increase these funding levels.

Finding a Supervisor

Students should apply to the program first. Applications that meet the minimum requirements of the program will be forwarded to faculty members in the program for review. Successful applicants will be invited to visit the program and meet with faculty members that are interested in supervising them as a graduate student in their research group. A matching system is used to find the best students/supervisor match (using input from both applicants and faculty members). After a suitable match is determined, an official offer of admission will be sent with the supervisor named in the offer.