Statistics — MS

Degree Programs:

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers two degree programs leading to a master of science in statistics with thesis and non-thesis options. Both programs are designed to provide a suitable mix of theoretical and applied backgrounds for students interested in a career in statistics. The curricula provide students with the necessary technical, analytical, and interpretive skills required of professional statisticians while concentrating on education in the fundamentals of statistics and its interdisciplinary nature. Course offerings are structured to give students a variety of choices of specialization to pursue a career in academia, government, or industry and/or further their pursuit of a PhD degree in statistics. For the MS degree with thesis the student must complete and defend a thesis and obtain a passing score on the related oral examination. For the non-thesis MS degree students are required to complete a project that may involve statistical consulting, programming and/or complex data analysis. A PhD degree in mathematics with concentration in statistics is also available (see mathematics).

For those students whose graduate research includes a substantial amount of statistical methodology or data analysis, but who do not wish to pursue a degree, a graduate minor in statistics is available (see “Statistics” under “Graduate Minors”).