Welcome to the Western University's Statistics Graduate Program
This information has been provided to welcome new students and to provide information about the graduate program of the Department of Statistical and Actuarial Sciences at Western. Our department offers MSc and PhD degrees in Statistics with the following fields plus a colloborative program in Biostatistics:
For all four areas of study, students should apply to Statistics. Those who wish to be considered for the collaborative program must apply to the statistics field and indicate their interest in the program where indicated in the application site.
A Focus on Research
The critical ingredient requisite for successful graduate programs is a faculty complement that is both active in research and interested in supervising graduate students. Western's statisticians are active in the following research areas: stochastic modelling (including actuarial/financial, environmental and health), statistical computing, methods for data exploration, and risk theory.
The Department has undertaken the task of providing excellent computing facilities for its graduate programs. Each PhD student in the Department has a Windows-based workstation at his or her desk as part of a distributed departmental computing network. The Department runs an internal Beowulf cluster and has access to the SHARCNET Beowulf cluster that is a consortium of colleges and universities with Western as one of the lead partners. It runs a cluster of high performance computers linked by advanced fibre optics.
Since achievements in research are among the most gratifying of all human endeavours, we wish you, the graduate students of the Department who will be the statisticians and actuaries of the future, every success in your studies and in your research programs.
A Brief History
Western's graduate programs in the statistical and actuarial sciences began in the early 1960s when the statisticians and actuaries were part of the Department of Mathematics. The programs were transferred to the Department of Statistical and Actuarial Sciences when it was founded on September 1, 1980. Since that time, considerable effort has been expended and abundant resources have been solicited or developed to provide a milieu for sound graduate education in those areas of statistical and actuarial sciences as well as finance, in which the department specializes.
Western is situated on an all-contained campus of over 155 hectares of park-like land along the bank of the Thames River, at the north end of London, Ontario. While London is a modern urban centre (population: 340,000), its charming Victorian architecture is still visible today. Well-known for its parks, theatres, and galleries, London also has the advantage of being less than an hour's drive from Stratford, home of
Dr. Kristina Sendova
Graduate Program Counsellor
Dr. Jiandong Ren
Academic Program Coordinator