Graduate Programs in Statistics

The Department of Statistics offers a graduate program leading to the degrees of Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy. The department cooperates closely with all subject matter area departments in setting up flexible minor programs in statistics.

Master of Science in Statistics

Master of Science in Statistics – Online Learning
Master of Science in Analytics

Doctor of Philosophy in Statistics



Master of Science Program


Non-Thesis Option

A student seeking the Master of Science degree under the Non-Thesis Option must fulfill the following requirements:

A.   Coursework. Note that STAT 601, 651, 652, and 658 may not be used to fulfill any of the coursework requirements listed below.

  1. STAT 604, 608, 641 and 642.
  2. One credit hour of STAT 681.
  3. Two semester credit hours of statistical consulting experience (STAT 684) earned in a minimum of two semesters. Rules governing completing this requirement are given below in Item C.
  4. Three semester credit hours of STAT 685 for the preparation of a special problem (see item D below) or an additional 3 hour elective course.
  5. Sufficient semester credit hours based on one of the emphasis areas outlined below, to achieve a total of 36 semester credit hours.

Broad-Based Plan

  1. STAT 610, 611
  2. Four additional courses from the MS elective courses list.

Biostatistics Emphasis

  1. STAT 610, 611, 645 and 646
  2. Two additional courses from the MS elective courses list.

Computational Emphasis

  1. STAT 610 and 611
  2. Two courses in Mathematics (e.g., MATH 609, MATH 610 or MATH 660).
  3. Two courses in Computer Science (e.g., CPSC 603, CPSC 654 or CPSC 659).

Applied Emphasis 

  1. STAT 630, 657
  2. Four additional courses from the MS elective courses list.

MS Elective Courses:
STAT 607, 626, 636, 638, 645, 646, 647, 653, 656, 657, 659

B.   Substitution of STAT Ph.D. Courses for MS Coursework.

With the approval of the Graduate Advisor and/or Associate Department Head, STAT Ph.D. courses can be used as substitutes for any of the MS courses listed in part A.

C.   Consulting Experience. One semester credit hour of STAT 684 can be obtained through the completion of any of the experiences listed below.

  1. One semester of service in the Statistical Consulting Center.
  2. One semester of a departmentally approved internship.
  3. Special experiences, with prior approval from the Department Head or the Associate Department Head that involves the following:
    a. At least one semester of activity
    b. The application of statistical knowledge
    c. Working with non-statisticians
    d. Sufficient statistical supervision.

D.  Form a master’s advisory committee and complete a special project under the direction of the chairman of the advisory committee. Three semester credit hours of STAT 685 are earned by completion of this project. Upon completion, the student is required to compose a written report and make an oral presentation on the work. The purpose of this project is to familiarize the student with the type of problems that may be encountered in future work and to give the student a chance to develop the ability to present results both verbally and in writing. In many cases, work done during an internship may be used as the basis for the student’s master’s project. However, this project must be completed under the supervision of the chairperson of the student’s advisory committee.

E.   Pass the departmental MS examination (see below).

F.   Pass a final oral examination. This examination is concerned with the student’s coursework and a presentation based on the student’s special project or a presentation of  a topic selected by the student’s MS adviser. It is administered by the student’s advisory committee.



Master’s Diagnostic Examination


The MS examination covers basic statistical methods. The examination is evaluated with the performance judged to be “Pass” or “Fail.” To receive a Master’s Degree, a student must take and pass the exam.

The diagnostic exam is offered twice a year–prior to the beginning of the fall semester and prior to the beginning of the spring semester, and must be taken at the earliest possible time after the student has completed the required courses: STAT 610, 611 (or 630), 604, 608, 641, and 642. Any exception to this time limit must be obtained in writing from the head of the Department.

If the student’s performance is judged to be deficient, the examination may be retaken the next time it is offered. Only one retake of the examination is allowed.

The Ph.D. Qualifying Examination can be taken as a substitution for the Master’s Diagnostic Examination. A student must receive a Pass at the MS level or a Pass at the Ph.D. level on the Ph.D. Qualifying Examination in order for the results from the Ph.D. Exam to qualify as a Pass on the MS Exam.