Master of Science in Statistics

This program will give students a combination of knowledge of statistical techniques, experience with using these techniques in applied situations, and understanding of the theoretical principles behind these techniques. Students receive training for professional employment in industry or government, and at the same time obtain sufficient theoretical background to qualify them to teach elementary statistics or to continue into more advanced degree programs. The student is encouraged to apply for an internship experience (STAT 7120) where it is expected that students will collaborate with professional statisticians in an actual work environment with real problems. A minimum of thirty-two hours is required, and the resulting degree is a Master of Science in Statistics.

Admission requirements

Admission to the masters program in statistics requires candidates have completed an undergraduate program containing a substantial amount of mathematics, including:

  • A complete calculus sequence through multiple integration
  • A course in probability
  • A course in statistical methods
  • A course in linear algebra

A complete undergraduate mathematics major is not required.


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Program requirements

1.  Acquire at least 32 credit hours of approved courses from the following groups

     Required courses

  • STAT 6500: Statistical Theory  I (4 hours)
  • STAT 6600: Statistical Theory II  (4 hours)
  • STAT 6620: Applied Linear Models  (3 hours)
  • STAT 6640: Applied Mixed Models  (3hours)
  • STAT 6800: SAS Programming  (3 hours)

     Elective courses

  • STAT 5450: Introduction to Bayesian Data Analysis (3 hours)
  • STAT 5610: Applied Multivariate Statistical Methods  (3 hours)
  • STAT 5630: Sample Survey Methods  (3 hours)
  • STAT 5660: Nonparametric Statistical Methods  (3 hours)
  • STAT 5820: Time Series Analysis  (3 hours)
  • STAT 5850: Applied Data Mining  (3 hours)
  • STAT 5860: Computer Based Data Analysis (3 hours)

  •  STAT 5870: Big Data Analysis Using Python (3 hours)

  • STAT 6040: Fundamentals of Epidemiology and Clinical Trials (3 hours)
  • STAT 6350: Spatial Statistics (3 hours)
  • STAT 6450: Applied Bayesian Statistics (3 hours)
  • STAT 6460: Large Sample Theory (3 hours)
  • STAT 6610: Multivariate Statistical Analysis  (3 hours)
  • STAT 6630: Linear Models  (3 hours)
  • STAT 6650: Advanced Statistical Inference  (3 hours)
  • STAT 6660: Advanced Nonparametric Statistical Methods (3 hours)
  • STAT 6670: Introduction to Random Processes  (3 hours)
  • STAT 6680: Categorical Data Analysis (3 hours)
  • STAT 6690: Studies in Probability and Statistics (3 hours)

  • STAT 6810: Survival Data Analysis (3 hours)
  • STAT 7120: Professional Field Experience (3 hours)

2. Pass the department graduate exams which cover material in:

  • STAT 6500: Statistical Theory I (4 hours)
  • STAT 6600: Statistical Theory II (4 hours)
  • STAT 6620: Applied Linear Models (3 hours)
  • STAT 6640: Applied Mixed Models (3 hours)

The DGE is typically given at the end of the first year, on Thursday and Friday of the first week of Summer I. For the exact dates contact Dr. Naranjo. Eligible students must register by the end of the spring semester to take this departmental exam.


Students who have passed the DGE, with prior approval of advisor, may elect to complete an internship during one semester in their second year. Internships usually involve working for a firm under the supervision of a statistician. With advisor's approval, the student can earn a maximum of three credit hours to count as an elective course. Students may seek internship opportunities independently or in cooperation with statistics faculty members. Occasionally internships have become permanent job opportunities.

Plan of study

Incoming students are expected to meet with the graduate advisor to complete a Plan of Study before the end of their first semester. A tentative plan may be submitted online.

Students that receive funding from the department, are expected to complete their program within two academic years.

Sample plans of study

  1. M.S. in Statistics
  2. M.S. in Statistics with Certificate in Biostatistics