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Master of Science in Statistics



The following two options are available for students seeking a master of science in statistics:


Students are expected to know the material contained in the following courses or areas upon admission to the program. Otherwise, these deficiencies must be removed as early as possible in the student's degree program under the terms specified by the Admissions and Standards Committee.

Required Courses

Minimum requirements for either option are:

Credit towards the degree requirements is not given for STAT 511. Students must complete at least one hour of credit for STAT 590, 682, and 696 and at least three hours of credit for STAT 697. Students are expected to attend the graduate seminar every semester even if they are not registered for STAT 696. A grade of C or better and a minimum 3.0 GPA is required for courses fulfilling a major in statistics.


Students must pass a written comprehensive examination on foundation material and a final oral examination on the thesis or problem report. The final oral examination is a defense of the graduate research project required of all students, and it is usually given within four weeks after the student has presented an acceptable copy of the thesis or report to the advisor and graduate committee.

The following changes will take effect on January 1, 2014.

  1. The written comprehensive exam on foundation material will be offered twice a year on the following dates:
    • After May finals on the Thursday during the 2nd week with no finals.
    • On the third Saturday in October.
    The May date is primarily designed for our traditional first year MS students after the first year of core coursework. The October date provides additional flexibility.
  2. The exam has two parts: (i) applied and (ii) theory. The applied part will be proctored from 9am-12pm, and the theory part from 2pm-5pm.
  3. Students will be allowed to take the full exam at most three times. If on a given exam date a student only takes one part they earn a zero on the other part. A student's composite score will be based on his/her maximum score within each part, across one, two, or three allowed exam dates as needed.
  4. There will be no note sheets allowed for either part.
  5. The department will have two practice exams available by January 2014. These practice exams will be located in the department's front office.

Major Code: 1482