Applied Statistics MS
Statistics is the science of making decisions in the face of uncertainty. Statistical thinking and methods are used over a broad spectrum of industrial, research, educational, business, and government activities. The Kate Gleason College of Engineering at RIT, through the John D. Hromi Center for Quality and Applied Statistics, offers a Master of Science degree in applied statistics that provides state-of-the-art statistical thinking and methods. The college also offers an advanced certificate in statistical quality for students whose primary interest is in the field of quality, as well as an advanced certificate in statistical methods for product and process improvement for students who want a sound education in statistical methods but who wish to finish a program in a shorter time period than that for the MS degree.
- Master of Science degree; requires 45 credits.
- Advanced certificate in statistical quality requires 18 credits.
- Advanced certificate in statistical methods for product and process improvement; requires 18 credits.
- Approximately 64 students are enrolled in the MS and advanced certificate programs, mostly on a part-time schedule.
Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component
- Co-op is an option after completing at least one quarter of coursework and obtaining departmental approval. Co-op students are able to work 3 or 6 month interval(s).
Salary InformationCo-op: $27.00 $21.00 - $35.00
Student Skills & CapabilitiesDesign of Experiments
Survey Design and Sampling
Statistical Software Programs
Statistical Acceptance Control
Statistical Process Control
Equipment & FacilitiesThe center is home to the Mason E. Wescott Statistics Computer Laboratory. The center’s Richard A. Freund Resource Room and graduate student office contain books and journals from both the statistics and quality fields. The Wallace Memorial Library and the Media Resource Center provide access to a wealth of other references vital to professional studies.
The John D. Hromi Center for Quality and Applied Statistics has achieved international recognition for its quality and productivity seminars, custom training programs, consultative expertise, and Master’s and advanced certificate programs.
Nature of WorkStatistics is the scientific application of mathematical principles to the collection, analysis, and presentation of numerical data. Statisticians contribute to scientific inquiry by applying their mathematical and statistical knowledge to the design of surveys and experiments; collection, processing, and analysis of data; and interpretation of the results. Statisticians may apply their knowledge of statistical methods to a variety of subject areas, such as biology, economics, engineering, medicine, public health, psychology, marketing, education, and sports. Many economic, social, political, and military decisions cannot be made without the use of statistical techniques, such as the design of experiments to gain Federal approval of a newly manufactured drug. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook)
Training / QualificationsAlthough more employment opportunities are becoming available to individuals with a bachelor’s degree in statistics, a master’s degree in statistics or mathematics is usually the minimum educational requirement for most statistician jobs. Research and academic positions in institutions of higher education, for example, require at least a master’s degree, and usually a Ph.D., in statistics. Beginning positions in industrial research often require a master’s degree combined with several years of experience. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)
Job OutlookA master’s degree in statistics or mathematics is the minimum educational requirement for most jobs with this title. Among graduates with a master’s degree in statistics, those with a strong background in an allied field, such as finance, biology, engineering, or computer science, should have the best prospect of finding jobs related to their field of study. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H. ’13-‘14)
Quality Engineer, Reliability Analyst, Quality Manager, Statistical Consultant, Continuous Improvement Engineer, Data Science Consultant
EmploymentStatisticians held about 25,000 jobs in 2010. Eighteen percent of these jobs were in the Federal Government, where statisticians were concentrated in the Departments of Commerce, Agriculture, and Health and Human Services. Another 10 percent were found in State and local governments, including State colleges and universities. Employment change.Employment of statisticians is projected to grow 14 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The demand for individuals with a background is statistics is projected to grow, although some jobs will be in occupations with titles other than statistician. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)
- Graduates are employed in many areas of statistics, including design and analysis of complex experiments, sophisticated modeling, and data mining.
- They work for a wide range of organizations, including industrial, marketing, education, insurance, credit, government, and health care.
Selected Employer Hiring PartnersExcellus Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Center for Army Analysis, CIGNA Healthcare, GE, HealthNow, Intel Corporation, JP Morgan,Kraft Foods, Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., LMI, Minitab Inc., National Grid, Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Paychex, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, Xerox Corp.
Contact UsWe appreciate your interest in RIT co-op, graduating students or alumni. We will make every effort to make your recruiting endeavor a success. Feel free to contact Kris Stehler, the career services coordinators who work with the Applied Statistics MS program. For your convenience, you can access information and services through our web site at www.rit.edu/recruit.
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