The Master of Science in Statistics is a thirty-seven hour program designed to produce professionally competent statisticians who will be able to accept positions in business, industry and public service. The degree also provides the academic foundations needed to pursue doctoral study. The program may be completed with or without a thesis.
Applicants seeking admission to the graduate program in Statistics must submit the following directly to the Office of Graduate Studies:
- A Graduate Studies Application with the application fee
- Official transcript(s) of all previous college work
- Official GRE scores
- Two letters of recommendation from the Mathematics or Statistics faculty at the student’s undergraduate degree-granting institution.
An overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred for admission into the Statistics program. However, GPA and GRE scores do not constitute the primary criteria for admission. Based on a review of an applicant's undergraduate transcript, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics may require completion of undergraduate stem courses as a condition for admission.
The degree requires a minimum of thirty-seven hours of graduate credit. An oral comprehensive examination is administered by the advisory committee for each degree candidate. The oral examination must be scheduled with the Graduate Advisor at least three weeks in advance. Request forms are available in the department office. Students must be enrolled the semester in which they take the comprehensive examination. Requirements specified in the degree plan are subject to minor modification by the department. Also, to ensure a balanced program, all electives must be approved by the department chair or an authorized representative of the graduate Statistics faculty.
Plan 1 - MS in Statistics (Thesis)
Plan 2 - MS in Statistics (Non-thesis)