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Are you good in Math or Stats? Are you aspiring for a data-science related career? The MDP program is designed to help you achieve your goals!
The course-based Masters Program in Modelling, Data and Predictions (MDP) is a 16-month training program. Graduates of the MDP program will earn a MSc Degree in Mathematical and Statistical Sciences with specialization in Modeling. Data and Prediction. Created by the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, this training program will emphasize the practical aspects of mathematical and statistical modelling, data analysis, statistical machine learning algorithms, and modern computational methods. Upon completion of this program, graduates will possess a unique combination of data modelling and computer coding skills, as well as important soft skills for work environments, and be ready to pursue data science related careers in industry and government.


The innovative MDP program is the only course-based Masters program in Canada that integrates mathematical modeling with statistical modeling and machine-learning modeling. The strong emphasis on modeling skills and computational skills will give our trainees a competitive edge on the job market.

Unique Combination of Courses Our core courses cover five essential skills for data-science applications: mathematical modeling with practical applications, statistical methods for data analysis, statistical machine learning methods for big data analytics, computational and programming skills. These core courses are specially designed for the MDP program with a balance of theoretical depth and practical applications. The core courses are supplemented by a wide selection of existing courses to help students broaden the scope of their knowledge and achieve their career objectives.

The Capstone Project and Industrial Internship Opportunities The coursework is complemented by a required 4-month Capstone Project to give trainees an opportunity of applying their newly acquired knowledge to practical problems in an interdisciplinary research project or an industrial internship. Projects will be tailored to each trainee and will be based on their interests and career objectives. The MDP program will strive to provide trainees with internship opportunities in companies and government agencies.

Professional Development Workshops To further prepare our students for the workplace, a series of Professional Development Workshops will be conducted throughout the program. These workshops will connect students with key personnel from industry and government with the purpose to nurture the students’ interpersonal skills and prepare them for the workplace. Topics will range from effective communication, knowledge translation, to creative problem solving, working in a collaborative environment, writing a strong resume, and preparing for a job interview.


The program is open to students with a university degree, preferably in mathematical and statistical sciences. Students from other specializations with strong mathematical, statistical, or computational skills are also encouraged to apply. MDP courses are designed to allow all our trainees to quickly find common ground and learn graduate-level skills.


The application to the MDP Program is through the UAlberta's online Graduate Studies Management Solution (GSMS), on the website of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Researh. Application procedures are detailed in the Application page. Following the instructions for online application, choose MDP Program as your program of choice on the Application Form, and submit required documentation before the deadline.

The application for the 2021 Fall Semester admission is open. Number of positions are limited, and we encourage you to apply early.


Ms. Jane Cooper
Administrative Assistant
Course-based Master Program in Modeling, Data and Predictions (MDP)
Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
University of Alberta
Phone: 1 (780) 492-3396
Fax: 1 (780) 492-6826


Professor Michael Li
Course-based Masters Program in Modeling, Data and Predictions (MDP)
Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
University of Alberta

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