Top Reasons to study Mathematics at the University of Manitoba

1) Math is your first language

You appreciate the study of quantity, structure, space, and change and providing the clean reasoning and analytical tools that drive progress throughout the sciences and engineering. From concrete applications to the abstract, you seek to identify patterns, formulate conjectures, establish theories, and model and analyze real-world phenomena.

2) You want opportunities for undergraduate research and projects among faculty

Our active research community immerses you in an environment where research is undertaken by people of all academic stages, and collaboration occurs between undergraduates, graduate students, post docs and professors alike.

3) You enjoy math collaboration and competition

The Math department is home to active student groups and teams that provide opportunities for math outreach, competitions, and activities that allow students to enhance their experience beyond their academics.

4) We offer a broad spectrum of research

Our research areas include algebraic geometry, algebraic topology, approximation theory, combinatorics, complex analysis, computer algebra, foundations, functional analysis, harmonic analysis, mathematical biology, matrix theory and computations, number theory, numerical analysis, operator theory, operator algebras and partial differential equations.


5) Humanity needs Mathematicians

Where will the next generation of math take us? Our capacity for flight and mechanized travel, the complexity of medicine, and all our digital technologies are just the top of mind examples of our reliance today on applied math. Math truly has a limitless future.

6) The potential for joint courses

Mathematics is easily combined with other courses. For example: Mathematics and Computer Science; Mathematics and Economics; or Mathematics and Statistics. See the department course planning page.

Minimum High School Prerequisites

Manitoba high school graduation with five full credits at the Grade 12 level in courses designated as S, G or U. A minimum 85 percent average over the following courses, with no less than 60 percent in each course:

• English 40S

• Pre-Calculus Math 40S (required) and

• One of Biology 40S, Chemistry 40S, Computer Science 40S or Physics 40S.


If you don’t have the appropriate high school courses, or you would like to refresh your knowledge in a subject area, the University offers the following preparatory courses.

Biology BIOL 1000, Biology: Foundations of Life
Chemistry CSKL 100,  Chemistry Skills, Offered through Extended Education
Mathematics, Math Skills, Offered through Extended Education
Physics, PSKL 100, Physics Skills, Offered through Extended Education

What will I learn?

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Program Options

  • 3-year General Degree
  • 4-year Honours Degree
  • 4-year Major Degree
  • 4-year Major Degree in Applied Mathematics
  • 4-year Joint Honours (Computer Science, or Economics, or Physics and Astronomy, or Statistics)
Sample Courses
  • MATH 1232: Integral Calculus
  • MATH 2030: Combinatorics 1
  • MATH 2070: Graph Theory 1
  • MATH 2040 Curves and Surfaces
  • MATH 2170 Number Theory 1
  • MATH 3490 Optimization
  • MATH 4380: Mathematical Biology
  • MATH 4470: Rings and Modules

What can I do with this degree?

Career Opportunities:

Your science degree opens doors to many careers in science, or you can go on to further study in a science related field, graduate program, or professional degree program, such as education, dentistry, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, rehabilitation sciences, or veterinary medicine.

Mathematician was ranked best job by the Wall Street Journal in 2009, and by CareerCast in 2014, based on: Environment, Income, Outlook, and Stress

Between 2014 and 2024, the job market for Mathematicians is expected to increase by 21%

Opportunities for Future Studies include:

The University of Manitoba offers graduate programs in Mathematics for Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

Career Profiles

Dr. Rick Chartrand [BSc/93]

Mathematics Co-Founder and Mathematician, Descartes Labs


Kathy Bardswick
President, Canadian Institute for Climate Choices, Former President and CEO of The Co-operators Group Ltd.


Hersh Shefrin, [BSc(Hons)/70]
Pioneer of Behavioral Finance, Mario Belotti Chair in the Department of Finance at Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business
UM Distinguished Alumni, Lifetime Achievement Award

Sample Job Titles

Research & Development
  • Cryptographer
  • Data Scientist
  • Cartographer
  • Toplogical oceanographer
  • Bioinformatician
  • Biometrician
  • Epidemiologist
  • Mathematical physicist
  • Acoustician
  • Math model developer
  • Crystallographer
  • Environmental mathematician
  • Satellite research scientist
  • Geophysical mathematician
  • Geographer
  • Astronaut
Public Service
  • Demographer
  • Cryptanalyst
  • Climatologist
  • Information Security
  • Mathematical consultant
  • Economist
  • Operations research analyst
  • Urban planning consultant
  • Data analyst
  • Air Traffic controller
Education / Academia
  • University professor
  • High school science teacher
  • Science journalist
  • Technical writer
  • Science outreach educator
Business and Finance
  • Actuary
  • Logistician
  • Stock market analyst
  • Financial consultant
  • Market analyst
  • Insurance plan designer
  • Numerical analyst
  • Risk management analyst
  • Purchasing agent
  • Financial stability expert
  • Banking supervision expert
Industry & Engineering
  • Animator
  • Computer graphics designer
  • Numerical modelling analyst (eg. materials, respiratory tract air ow, spacecraft motion)
  • Avionic operations analyst
  • Engineer*