Academic Program Descriptions

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Program Guide to Undergraduate and Graduate Studies in Statistics and Biostatistics

Requirements and semester transition plans for the Undergraduate Minor in statistics, Graduate Minor in Statistical Data Analysis, Graduate Minor in Statistics, and all graduate degree programs offered by the Department of Statistics and the Program in Biostatistics are listed in this document. [Revised 08/23/16]

Previous Editions: [Revised 09/01/15] [Revised 04/07/2015] [Revised 06/24/14] [Revised 08/01/13] [Revised 08/17/2012]

  • Undergraduate Major in Data Analytics:
    This new, interdisciplinary major leads to the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in the College of Arts and Sciences. One of the first of its kind in the country, the major introduces students to a diverse and rapidly growing field with data at its core. Through courses and a capstone experience, students investigate the principles of data representation and management, software design, statistical modeling and analysis, and the application of these concepts in areas such as business analytics, computational analytics and biomedical informatics. The major is co-directed by the Department of Statistics and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. [More Info] [Email]
  • 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. [Current Program Guide] [Email]
  • 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. [Current Program Guide] [Email]
  • Master of Science (MS) in Statistics:
    The MS in Statistics degree 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. 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 the statistics or biostatistics PhD programs. [Current Program Guide] [Email]
  • 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. [Current Program Guide] [Email]
  • 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 MS in Statistics degree en route to the PhD. [Current Program Guide] [Program Website]
  • 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 program 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. All coursework for this minor is applied. The Graduate 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. [Current Program Guide] [Email]
  • Graduate Interdisciplinary Specializations:
    A 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. [Affiliated GIS Programs]