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Applied Mathematics

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Offered as a Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree

The Applied Mathematics Program aims to give students

Applied Mathematics at York University provides you with a balance of rigorous training in mathematics and the skills to solve real world problems. You will begin with core first and second year courses to get a solid foundation for applying mathematics and computing to science, engineering, and commerce. You can then learn from world-class professors in specialized areas such as mathematical modelling, numerical analysis, or operations research.

Courses in this BA or BSc programs are at the core of many disciplines ranging from engineering and science to business and economics.

It is essential to be able to apply many different mathematical techniques and to handle problems involving statistical data. Applied mathematics includes the area of scientific computing, which involves many components of computational processes — numerical analysis, algorithms for machines with vector and parallel architectures, visualization, simulation and computer-aided design.

The Applied Mathematics program at York offers a specialized Honours stream in Financial Mathematics. This program will prepare you for a career as a quantitative analyst (or ‘’quants’’, as they say in the finance industry). Quants use mathematical and statistical tools to analyze financial instruments and financial markets. This analysis involves developing mathematical models, fitting models to market data, performing numerical computations, analyzing the results of these computations, and providing insight and information for decision making. This stream will prepare you for a position in the finance industry or for further studies at the Master’s level.

12U Requirements

BSc Degree:

  • English (ENG4U)
  • Advanced Functions (MHF4U)
  • Biology (SBI4U) OR Chemistry (SCH4U) OR Physics (SPH4U)
  • Calculus & Vectors (MCV4U) (recommended)

BA Degree

  • English (ENG4U)
  • Advanced Functions (MHF4U)
  • Calculus & Vectors (MCV4U) (recommended)


BSc Degree

  • Highest level Mathematics
  • Highest level of one other science

Requirements will vary depending on your curriculum, to see a full list of course equivalents, please visit:

BA Degree

  • Highest level Mathematics

Requirements will vary depending on your curriculum, to see a full list of course equivalents, please visit:

Typical First-Year Courses

  • Differential and Integral Calculus
  • Statistics
  • Linear Algebra
  • Computing for Math and Statistics

The Math & Stats programs at York are designed so you can switch between any of
our programs in the first three semesters and still finish your degree on time.

Experiential Education

Experiential Education (EE) gives students the opportunity to apply theories learned in the classroom to concrete experiences. These experiences can occur within a course, community, or work/professional setting. The goal of EE is to deepen the learning objectives of a course or program, allowing students to better retain their knowledge of new concepts and be better prepared for life after graduation.

InternshipInstitutional Equity Research (CIBC Bank)Assigned projects and tasks about Capital Markets Industry on writing research reports, forecasting, researching and analyzing companies, industries and market trends.
InternshipSummer Analyst (CIBC Bank)Dealing in commodities, derivatives, electronic trading, equities, digital payments / remittances, fixed income/money markets, foreign exchange, prime brokerage, securitization, structuring
*intern may work in one or more of the areas

How to Apply

  1. Complete an Online Application Form.
  2. Pay the application fee.
  3. Submit supporting documents through the York University online portal, MyFile.
    • Within four business days of application, you will receive a confirmation email with your nine-digit student reference number, which will allow you to access your MyFile account and upload your documents.
    • It is important to check your MyFile regularly for any documents you are required to submit and updates to the status of your application.
    • More information about supporting documents, document processing times and decision processing times is available on the I’ve Applied page.

Important Note: Deadlines for each entry period (Fall, Winter & Summer) can be found on the York University Future Students Website.


  • Research: You can participate in summer research with professors funded through the Research at York program and the Undergraduate Student Research Award program. In your fourth year, you can do research work for credit by taking project courses.
  • Lab Experience: You will do computer modelling and simulation. You will do courses in hands-on computing in our advanced multimedia laboratories. In your fourth year, you can take our Control Theory course, run in partnership with the Lassonde School of Engineering, using our robotics lab.
  • Internships: The Internship Program provides you with the opportunity to integrate your classroom learning with hands-on, paid, work experiences. After your third year, you can do an internship and work for 4, 8, 12, or 16 months before returning to York to complete your degree.

The Career Center at York offers free support and resources to students such as career development workshops, one-on-one appointments, networking events, and job boards.

Career Possibilities

  • Operations Researcher
  • Scientific Computing Specialist
  • Biostatistician
  • Engineering Consultant
  • Geolocation Engineer
  • Research Scientist
  • Modeller
  • Cryptographer
  • Database Developer
  • Financial Analyst
  • Game Mathematician