The Certificate in Mathematical Modelling equips you with the mathematical fluency required to formulate, analyze, and evaluate models arising in a wide variety of scientific and industrial contexts. The certificate is an excellent complementary credential if you are pursuing a degree in a discipline where models play a fundamental role, from economics to engineering to computer simulation to pure, applied, and social sciences.

Quick facts
  • Two-year certificate
  • Full or part-time program
  • You can enter this program directly from high school
  • You can begin this program off-campus
  • Program can be completed concurrently alongside other degree programs

What you will learn

You will learn the mathematical skills and concepts required for mathematical modelling. You will develop mathematical models and use them to help solve real-world problems from diverse subject areas. You get to choose an upper-year MATH or STAT course from an extensive list to customize your program to your specific modelling interests.

MATH 336.3: Mathematical Modelling I

The course is designed to teach students how to apply mathematics by formulating, analyzing and criticizing models arising in real-world situations. An important aspect in modelling a problem is to choose an appropriate set of mathematical methods - 'tools' - in which to formulate the problem mathematically. In most cases a problem can be categorized into one of three types, namely: continuous, discrete, and probabilistic. The course will consist of an introduction to mathematical modelling through examples of these three basic modelling types.

MATH 436.3: Mathematical Modelling II

This course is a continuation of MATH 336. The course is designed to further develop students' capacity to formulate, analyze and criticize mathematical models arising in real-world situations. The present course will put emphasis on student activities rather than on lectures. Students will be expected to work in small groups on problems chosen by the instructor and to develop their independent skills at the formulation, analysis and critique of specific problems, and ultimately come to a greater understanding of the modelling process.

MATH 314.3: Numerical Solution of Ordinary Differential Equations

Numerical differentiation and integration, initial-value, and boundary-value problems for ordinary differential equations, introduction to numerical solutions to partial-differential equations.

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

Unique opportunities

You will have the opportunity to interact with researchers in mathematics and statistics and will be introduced to the national and international mathematical science community. The department participates annually in undergraduate mathematical competitions that develop skills and expose students to situations with no classroom counterpart. High-achieving students acquire a strong foundation for varied undergraduate and graduate research projects.

Student-professor ratios

Upper-year classes typically have a class size of under 30 students.

Experiential learning

MATH 436 emphasizes student activities over lectures, providing students with hands-on modelling experience. Tackling authentic problems also helps develop transferable, complementary skills in programming and computer experimentation.

Complementary certification

While Applied Mathematics programs are common at campuses across Canada, very few Canadian universities offer certificate programs in mathematical modeling that can be completed concurrently with a bachelor's degree in a student's chosen scientific or technical field.


A thorough understanding of mathematical models can give you an advantage in a wide variety of academic disciplines and technical professions. Some career opportunities include:

  • Data analysis
  • Game design
  • Simulation engineering
  • Economic forecasting
  • Meteorology
  • Epidemiology and infectious disease modelling
  • Medical imaging
  • Materials science
  • Nanotechnology
  • Quantum computing
  • Scientific research
  • Math and science education
  • Engineering: all majors/specializations

Tuition estimates

Canadian students International students
Tuition $792 per 3 credit unit class $3,834 per 3 credit unit class
Student fees $1,121 per year $1,121 per year

Tuition will vary depending on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay per class (2024-2025 Canadian dollar rates).
Student fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access. This estimate reflects the price you would pay if you are a full-time student.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,500-$2,500 for this program.

Program options

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The Certificate in Mathematical Modelling is offered by the University of Saskatchewan's College of Arts and Science. You may earn the certificate on its own, concurrently with a degree program from this college or others, or after having already received a degree.

If you are already enrolled at USask, consult your academic advisor regarding enrolling in this program.

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

Admission requirements and deadlines


Start term Application DeadlineInternational Deadline
January 2024
Dec 1, 2023
Documents due: Dec 15, 2023
Sep 1, 2023
Documents due: Oct 1, 2023
May 2024
Apr 1, 2024
Documents due: May 1, 2024
Feb 1, 2024
Documents due: Mar 1, 2024
July 2024
May 1, 2024
Documents due: Jun 1, 2024
Mar 1, 2024
Documents due: Apr 1, 2024
September 2024
Aug 15, 2024
Documents due: Aug 15, 2024
May 1, 2024
Documents due: Jun 1, 2024
January 2025
Dec 1, 2024
Documents due: Dec 15, 2024
Sep 1, 2024
Documents due: Oct 1, 2024

Ready to apply?

If you are a current USask student, consult your academic advisor regarding enrolling in this program.

To apply to this program as a new student, please apply for admission to any undergraduate program in the College of Arts and Science and after you are admitted, declare your plans to the college.

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