Applied Statistics MS

Program Overview

The MS program in applied statistics is available to both full- and part-time students with courses available both on-campus and online. Cooperative education is optional. The program is intended for students who do not wish to pursue a degree beyond the MS. However, a number of students have attained doctorate degrees at other universities.

Plan of study

The program requires 30 credit hours and includes four core courses, electives, and a capstone or thesis.

Core courses

Students are required to complete four core courses: Statistical Software (STAT-611), Regression Analysis (STAT-741), Fundamentals of Statistical Theory STAT-731, and Foundations of Experimental Design (STAT-701). Students, in conjunction with their advisers’ recommendations, should take the core courses early in the program.

Electives, capstone, or thesis

Elective courses are chosen by the student with the help of their adviser. These courses are usually department courses but may include (or transferred from other universities) up to 6 credit hours from other departments that are consistent with students’ professional objectives. The capstone course is designed to ensure that students can integrate the knowledge from their courses to solve more complex problems. This course is taken near the end of a student’s course of study. Students, with adviser approval, may write a thesis as their capstone. A thesis may be 3 or 6 credit hours. If a student writes a 6 credit hour thesis, he/she would be required to complete four elective courses instead of five.

Areas of Concentration
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Data Mining/Machine Learning
  • Industrial
  • Clinical Statistics
This is a STEM eligible program

Graduate Admissions Counselor

Keith Davis

Department Contact

Robert Parody, Ph.D., Graduate Program Director

Online Program Available

This program may be completed online. Visit RIT Online for additional information.

Please contact the admissions counselor below for additional information about applying to the online program.

Matt Stever

Admission Deadlines & Requirements

Program Available Online? Yes
Application Deadline Rolling
Admit Term Full-time = Fall; Part-time = Fall/Spring/Summer
Entrance Exam None
English Language Exams:
TOEFL (Internet) 79
PTE Academic 58


Priority deadline - COMPLETE applications that are received by this date are given priority consideration for admission and financial aid (if applicable). Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

Rolling - There is no specific deadline for applications; applications will be accepted and reviewed throughout the year until the program reaches capacity.


Applied statistics, MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
STAT-611 Statistical Software 3
STAT-731 Fundamentals of Statistical Theory 3
STAT-741 Regression Analysis 3
STAT-701 Foundations of Experimental Design 3
  Electives 6
Second Year
  Electives 6 or 9
STAT-792, 790 Capstone or Thesis 3 or 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 30


Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in applied statistics, candidates should fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college.
  • Have satisfactory background in mathematics (one year of differential equations and integral calculus) and statistics (two courses in probability and statistics). 
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Have knowledge of a programming language.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent) (recommended but not required).
  • GRE scores are not required. However, in cases where there may be some question regarding the capability of the applicant to complete the program. Applicants may be asked to submit scores to strengthen their application.
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 79 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.


Additional information


Students must attain an overall program grade-point average of 3.0 (B) for graduation.

Maximum time limit

University policy requires that graduate programs be completed within seven years of the student's initial registration for courses in the program. Bridge courses are excluded.

Gainful Employment

Information regarding costs and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code and occupational profiles for this program can be viewed on the ED Gainful Employment Disclosure Template.

Career Outcomes

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