It may be possible, in certain circumstances, to transfer from the MSc program to the PhD program. If the candidate is eligible, then the transfer process can take place after the end of the first year of the MSc program and no later than the end of the second year. The recommendation for the transfer must be initiated through a formal meeting of the candidate’s Advisory Committee. The following conditions must be met: 

  • The student must have completed at least 9 credit units of coursework at the 800-level and must have achieved a minimum average of 80%. No final mark in any individual course may be below 70%.
  • In the opinion of the Advisory Committee, the student must have demonstrated substantial promise as measured by academic accomplishments, the acquisition of discipline-specific knowledge, and the potential for research.
  • The student must also have demonstrated strong writing and oral communication abilities.
  • The student must have successfully completed the PhD Qualifying Examination prior to being recommended for transfer. This examination for the purposes of transfer can only be taken once. A student failing the Qualifying Examination cannot be recommended for transfer.


Degree Requirements

Students must maintain continuous registration in STAT 996.

  • GPS 960.0
  • GPS 961.0, if research involves human subjects
  • GPS 962.0, if research involves animal subjects
  • STAT 990.0
  • STAT 996.0
  • a minimum of 18 credit units at the 800-level (including M.Sc. course work)
  • comprehensive exam
  • successful thesis defence