Descriptions of Programs

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Course catalogs for statistics and biostatistics.

Information on Course and Exam Requirements for Degrees, Minors, and Specializations:

  • Master of Applied Statistics (MAS):
    The goal of the Master of Applied Statistics (MAS) is to prepare graduate students to enter positions in applied statistics in business, industry, and government. The program has a minimum of at least 50 hours of coursework, of which 37 are required hours. Students without sufficient background in mathematics may be required by the Graduate Studies Committee to take additional courses to correct these deficiencies. (More)
  • Master of Science (MS):
    The MS degree, Plan A or Plan B, can act as either a terminal degree or as a stepping-stone to the PhD program. The requirements for this degree are more theoretical than those for the MAS. As a consequence, students in this program will generally be in residence for at least two academic years; this may result in the student accumulating more than the required number of hours or at times being able to take a lighter load. This degree program is flexible enough to provide preparation for a career in applied statistics or it can be composed entirely of the first two years of coursework for either the statistics or biostatistics PhD program. (More)
  • PhD in Statistics:
    The PhD program in statistics presupposes a mathematical background which includes linear algebra and advanced calculus. The core of the PhD program consists of coursework in mathematical statistics as well as a variety of applied and theoretical courses in various topical areas. (More)
  • Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Biostatistics:
    The Program in Biostatistics is a joint venture between the Department of Statistics and the Division of Biostatistics in the College of Public Health.  Students in this program choose between two specializations: a Methodology Specialization and the Public Health Specialization.  The coursework in the Methodology Specialization is primarily based in the Department of Statistics whereas students in the Public Health Specialization are based primarily in the College of Public Health.  The first two years of coursework in either program is similar and students in both programs are awarded a M.S. in Statistics degree en route to the PhD. (More)
  • Graduate Minors in Statistics:
    The Department of Statistics offers two graduate minor programs. Official recognition of the completion of either of these minor programs will appear on the student's University transcript. The first minor is a Graduate Minor in Statistics. This is a twenty hour program which includes a theoretical component in addition to applied coursework. Students must have a good calculus background in order to complete this minor degree. The second minor is a Graduate Minor in Statistical Data Analysis. This is an eighteen hour program and all coursework for this minor is applied. The Minor in Statistical Data Analysis does not require any formal mathematics beyond the ability to work with simple formulas and equations, material ordinarily covered in a high school algebra course. (More)
  • Undergraduate Minor in Statistics:
    A demonstrated knowledge and working understanding of basic statistical techniques and methods is a critical element in today's competitive marketplace. The undergraduate minor in statistics is designed as a valuable asset to enhance most any undergraduate major. Students with a statistics minor may also be eligible to obtain a Master of Applied Statistics (MAS) with one additional academic year of coursework. (More)
  • Graduate Interdisciplinary Specializations:
    The graduate interdisciplinary specialization (GIS) provides graduate students with access to interdisciplinary study and provides formal recognition of such study on the student's transcript. A graduate interdisciplinary specialization involves two or more graduate programs outside the student's major graduate program. More information is available from the Graduate School. (More)