Top Reasons to study Statistics at University of Manitoba

1) You love making sense out of data

Data is essential for decision making in all areas of society, and you want to collect it, analyze and extract information from it, and communicate the meaning garnered from it to others. Statistics lives at the core of scientific reasoning, discovery and development and is the expertise that should shape public policy and business decisions.

2) You want a program that is well-recognized and trusted

The Department of Statistics at the University of Manitoba is one of the oldest and largest in Canada. Most of our upper level statistical courses are accredited by the Statistical Society of Canada toward the Associate Statistician (A.Stat.) designation.

3) We offer small class sizes and custom-tailored courses

We have a high ratio of academic staff per statistics students, giving students greater personal attention and more opportunities to tailor their education experience.

4) You want to make solid career connections

Our exciting co-op education option in all our programs will have you participating in three, 4-month work terms, graduating with twelve months of well-paid work experience. You will have an amazing opportunity to meet employers in a wide variety of fields in Winnipeg and in national and international locations and get career support before graduation.

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

  • 4-year Majors
  • 4-year Honours
  • 4-year plus 1-year work term Honours (Co-op)
  • 4-year plus 1-year work term Majors (Co-op)
  • 4-year Joint Honours (Computer Science, or Mathematics, or Actuarial Science, or Economics)
Sample Courses
  • STAT 1150 Introduction to Statistics and Computing
  • STAT 2150 Statistics and Computing
  • STAT 2000 Basic Statistical Analysis 2
  • STAT 2400 Introduction to Probability I
  • STAT 3000 Applied Linear Statistical Models
  • STAT 3170 Statistical Quality Control
  • STAT 3490 Time Series Analysis
  • STAT 4100 Statistical Inference 1
  • STAT 4520 Sampling Techniques 1
  • STAT 4530 Design of Experiments 1

What can I do with this degree?

What do statisticians do?

Statisticians contribute to scientific inquiry by applying their mathematical and statistical expertise to the design of surveys and experiments; to the collection, processing, and analysis of data; and to the interpretation of the results. They may apply their knowledge of statistical methods to a variety of subject areas including

  • agriculture
  • biological sciences such as genetics, botany, zoology, and ecology
  • economics
  • engineering
  • environmental science
  • forensic science
  • marketing
  • medicine
  • psychology
  • public health
  • sports

Many environmental, financial, industrial, medical and political decisions cannot be made without the use of statistical techniques, such as the design and analysis of clinical trials to gain government approval for a new drug.

Opportunities for Future Studies include:

The Department of Statistics offers both Master’s and PhD graduate programs. Study graduate programs to be MSc and PhD professionals and work as a tutor, instructor or lecturer in colleges and universities.


Career Profiles

Dr. David Bellhouse, [BA/70, MA/72] – Statistics

A pillar of the Canadian statistical community. Author. Professor.

There isn’t much difference between statistics and music, it’s all about understanding information.” 

Dr. Bellhouse joined the University of Western Ontario in London, Ont. in 1975. He spent seven years as Chair of the Department of Statistical and Actuarial Sciences, was a member of the Statistics Canada Advisory Committee on Statistical Methods for many years, and served on advisory committees in the U.S. Read more


Dr. Shirley Mills, [BSc Hons /69, MSc. /70, Cert. Ed./71] –  Statistics

Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, Carleton University, and Executive Director of Statistical Society of Canada

An expert in the analysis of complex, massive data sets. Dr. Mills developed the first Canadian graduate university course in Statistical Data Mining over 20 years ago. Dr. Mill’s contributions to teaching and research into applied statistics, mathematics, and computing are extensive. Read more

Wilf Falk [MSc/72] – Statistics

Director of the Manitoba Bureau of Statistics (retired 2016)

Wilf Falk was not only the Director of the Manitoba Bureau of Statistics for 36 years, he helped formulate government policy that contributed to the health of the Province. The Governor-General awarded him the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contribution and achievements in developments in the Canadian Statistical System. Read more