Applied Statistics Master of science degree

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In this statistics master's degree, you'll learn statistical analysis and apply it to a variety of industries, including insurance, marketing, government, health care, and more.


The MS in applied statistics focuses on data mining, design of experiments, health care applications, and the application of statistics to imaging and industrial environments. You’ll integrate knowledge learn through engaging courses to solve more complex problems for a wide range of organizations, including industrial, marketing, education, insurance, credit, government, and health care.

This statistics master's degree 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 includes core courses, electives, and a capstone project or thesis.

Core courses

Students are required to complete core courses: Foundations of Statistics (STAT-631), Applied Linear Models–Regression (STAT-641), and Applied Linear Models–ANOVA (STAT-642). Students, in conjunction with their advisors’ recommendations, should take the core courses early in the program.

Electives

Elective courses are chosen by the student with the guidance of their advisor. These courses are usually department courses but may include up to 6 credit hours from other departments (or may be transferred from other universities) that are consistent with students’ professional objectives.

Capstone Thesis/Project

The capstone project is designed to ensure that students can integrate the knowledge from their courses to solve more complex problems. This project is taken near the end of a student’s course of study. Students, with advisor 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, they would be required to complete four elective courses instead of five.

Areas of concentration
  • Clinical Trails
  • Data Mining/Machine Learning
  • Industrial Statistics
  • Informatics
This program is also offered online. View Online Option.

Industries


  • Biotech and Life Sciences

  • Defense

  • Government (Local, State, Federal)

  • Health Care

  • Insurance

  • Investment Banking

  • Telecommunications

Typical Job Titles

Quality Engineer Reliability Analyst
Quality Manager Statistical Consultant
Continuous Improvement Engineer Data Science Consultant

100%

outcome rate of graduates

$90.9K

median first-year salary of graduates

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Curriculum for Applied Statistics MS

Applied Statistics (project option), MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
STAT-631
Foundations of Statistics 
This course introduces principles of probability and statistics with a strong emphasis on conceptual aspects of statistical inference. Topics include fundamentals of probability, probability distribution functions, expectation and variance, discrete and continuous distributions, sampling distributions, confidence intervals and hypothesis tests. (This course is restricted to students in APPSTAT-MS or SMPPI-ACT.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
3
STAT-641
Applied Linear Models - Regression
A course that studies how a response variable is related to a set of predictor variables. Regression techniques provide a foundation for the analysis of observational data and provide insight into the analysis of data from designed experiments. Topics include happenstance data versus designed experiments, simple linear regression, the matrix approach to simple and multiple linear regression, analysis of residuals, transformations, weighted least squares, polynomial models, influence diagnostics, dummy variables, selection of best linear models, nonlinear estimation, and model building. (This course is restricted to students in APPSTAT-MS or SMPPI-ACT.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
3
STAT-642
Applied Linear Models - ANOVA
This course introduces students to analysis of models with categorical factors, with emphasis on interpretation. Topics include the role of statistics in scientific studies, fixed and random effects, mixed models, covariates, hierarchical models, and repeated measures. (This class is restricted to students in the APPSTAT-MS, SMPPI-ACT, STATQL-ACT or MMSI-MS programs.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
3
 
Electives
9
Second Year
 
Electives
9
STAT-790
Capstone Thesis/Project
This course is a graduate course for students enrolled in the Thesis/Project track of the MS Applied Statistics Program. (Enrollment in this course requires permission from the Director of Graduate Programs for Applied Statistics.) (Enrollment in this course requires permission from the department offering the course.) Thesis (Fall, Spring, Summer).
3
Total Semester Credit Hours
30

 

Applied Statistics (thesis option), MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
STAT-631
Foundations of Statistics 
This course introduces principles of probability and statistics with a strong emphasis on conceptual aspects of statistical inference. Topics include fundamentals of probability, probability distribution functions, expectation and variance, discrete and continuous distributions, sampling distributions, confidence intervals and hypothesis tests. (This course is restricted to students in APPSTAT-MS or SMPPI-ACT.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
3
STAT-641
Applied Linear Models - Regression
A course that studies how a response variable is related to a set of predictor variables. Regression techniques provide a foundation for the analysis of observational data and provide insight into the analysis of data from designed experiments. Topics include happenstance data versus designed experiments, simple linear regression, the matrix approach to simple and multiple linear regression, analysis of residuals, transformations, weighted least squares, polynomial models, influence diagnostics, dummy variables, selection of best linear models, nonlinear estimation, and model building. (This course is restricted to students in APPSTAT-MS or SMPPI-ACT.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
3
STAT-642
Applied Linear Models - ANOVA
This course introduces students to analysis of models with categorical factors, with emphasis on interpretation. Topics include the role of statistics in scientific studies, fixed and random effects, mixed models, covariates, hierarchical models, and repeated measures. (This class is restricted to students in the APPSTAT-MS, SMPPI-ACT, STATQL-ACT or MMSI-MS programs.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
3
 
Electives
9
Second Year
 
Electives
6
STAT-790
Capstone Thesis/Project
This course is a graduate course for students enrolled in the Thesis/Project track of the MS Applied Statistics Program. (Enrollment in this course requires permission from the Director of Graduate Programs for Applied Statistics.) (Enrollment in this course requires permission from the department offering the course.) Thesis (Fall, Spring, Summer).
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 (two course sequence in calculus) and one course in applied 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.

 

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