Masters in Applied Statistics

The Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees in Applied Statistics provide students with the necessary background to seek employment in statistics or a related field. The degree programs provide training in applied statistics and consulting, as well as in the theory of statistics pertinent to applications. In addition, students are required to study an approved area outside of statistics at the graduate level. Possible areas include numerical analysis, biostatistics, education, economics, sociology, psychology, biology, business, bioinformatics, computer science, mathematical finance, and many others.

While both MA and MS are valid options, admission to MS is rare. Almost all of our current Applied Statistics master students are in Master of Arts (nonthesis option).


  • Three semesters of calculus
  • One course in linear algebra
  • Strongly recommended: Year of Mathematical statistics (equivalent to STAT 1151-1152)

Students lacking some of these prerequisites may be admitted at the discretion of the Graduate Committee. They should include a paragraph in the personal statement describing their experience/coursework regarding these prerequisites.  

Master of Arts (Nonthesis) Option Requirements

Department requirements for the Master of Arts in Applied Statistics are the completion of 30 credits

  1. STAT 2630-2640, Intermediate Probability and Intermediate Mathematical Statistics
  2. STAT 2131-2132, Applied Statistical Methods 1 and 2
  3. At least three credits in STAT 2381, Supervised Statistical Consulting
  4. Three courses (9 credits) in statistical methods or theory other than those in those listed above.
  5. Two graduate-level courses (six credits) in a discipline outside of statistics approved by the student's graduate advisor.
  6. Passing the Preliminary Evaluation, equivalent to receiving grades B or higher in STAT 2630-2640 and STAT 2131-2132.

Master of Science (Thesis) Option Requirements

Requirements #1-6 as above except that requirement #4 is reduced to one graduate courses. In addition, the student should enroll in two courses (6 credits) in STAT 2001, Research and Thesis for the Master of Science degree. To qualify for this degree option, the student must find a faculty member in the department to direct the student's thesis. For full-time students, this should be done no later than the beginning of the student's second year in graduate school. The student must write and successfully defend a master's thesis.