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  Jun 12, 2024
2009-2010 Graduate Studies Bulletin (Archived Copy) 
2009-2010 Graduate Studies Bulletin (Archived Copy) [Archived Catalog]

Statistics, M.S.

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Degree Requirements College of Arts and Sciences 
 Department of Statistics   

The M.S. degree is designed to provide students with the necessary background for employment as a professional statistician in business, industry, or government and to build a solid foundation for students interested in the Ph.D. program. Considerable flexibility in program emphasis is possible through the selection of elective courses.

Admission to the M.S. degree program requires a GRE score (verbal plus quantitative) of at least 1050 and an undergraduate GPA of approximately 3.20.

Degree Requirements

Students in the M.S. program may elect either the non-thesis or the thesis option. Both options require a total of 33 semester hours of approved course work built around a core of five courses.


Thesis Option:

Students who choose the thesis option may substitute 3 semester hours of thesis preparation (STAT 799) for an elective.

Consulting Seminar and Practicum:

 In addition to these 33 hours, 1 semester hour each of the consulting seminar (STAT 790) and practicum (STAT 791) are required.

Comprehensive Examination:

Non-thesis M.S. students are required to pass a written comprehensive examination. For thesis-option students, the comprehensive examination will be the oral presentation and defense of the thesis.


Typically, the M.S. requires two full years (four major semesters) of study.

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