MS in Statistical Science

A master’s in statistics is one of the best advanced degrees for jobs, according to Fortune magazine. Graduates of our master's in statistical science program develop rewarding careers. 

Statistical science is regarded as one of the most successful information technology (IT) subjects. It focuses on extracting knowledge from data. In this graduate program, students are trained in the theory and practice of statistical methodology. It prepares students for statistics and data science challenges that arise in high-tech or general industries and government.

With an MS in statistical science, you can:

  • Develop models to find patterns in massive data sets.

  • Predict and optimize internet search results, advertisements, and website analytics.

  • Develop concepts for economic forecasts and perform simulations that help banks understand their level of risk.

  • Promote statistical science in the federal government, industry, and public health.

Check the catalog for official degree and admission requirements

Admission to the accelerated MS program allows students to earn an MS in Statistical Science for 24 additional credits past their BS degree.

Our program offers two dual-degree MS programs that allow students to earn two MS degrees by completing 48 credits of coursework instead of the 60 that would be required if the degrees were sought independently. One dual-degree program is joint with an MS in mathematics; the other is joint with an MS in operations research.

We also offer an Applied Statistics graduate certificate with two concentrations:

  • Federal statistics, which upgrades the skills of practitioners and is intended to respond to the need for broad training in statistics, survey methods, and data analysis, including graphics and data visualization. The program is extremely flexible and can be tailored to the needs of students within the federal statistical sector, as well as state and local government, and those in the private sector who work with federal data.

  • General, which trains students in data analysis and statistical methodology. It is intended to complement PhD and MS programs outside the Department of Statistics. It is also intended to be responsive to the needs of those who teach or work in government/industry and want to increase their knowledge of statistics. The program emphasizes the application of statistical tools.

Evening classes allow you to take courses that fit your schedule.

The path to advanced education in statistics is just as diverse as the careers it can prepare you for, according to the American Statistical Association, which outlines the advantages of this MS degree.

For more information, contact graduate studies co-directors Wanli Qiao and Martin Slawski.

Michael Collins, MS Mathematics and Statistical Science

Michael Collins, MS Mathematics and Statistical Science '18, says statisticians have a healthy level of skepticism for reported facts and figures. That’s a valuable set of skills in today’s world, he says.