Master of Science in Applied Statistics (MSAS)
The Master of Science in Applied Statistics, offered jointly with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, is a nationally renowned program that prepares graduates for successful careers as statisticians in the public, private and academic sectors. This degree can be completed as little as three semesters.
The program allows students to tailor the program to their career goals. There are a wide variety of electives offered in applied statistics and mathematical statistics, including biology, computer science, operations research, accounting, business administration, finance, sociology, actuarial science, and math.
The MSAS is also available with a specialization in business analytics that prepares students for a career in using computing and data acquisition in concert with statistics. It combines a foundation in fundamental statistics with skills in management of information systems and business operations. The specialization adds six credit hours to the curriculum with courses covering data mining, time series analysis and linear and integer programming. It also adds additional elective options in economics, business administration and computer science. Students that pursue a specialization generally take four semesters to graduate, one more than the standard program.
The MSAS strives to develop a learning environment that stimulates intellectual curiosity, enhances critical thinking, develops quantitative reasoning and problem solving skills, encourages ethical behavior, develops communication skills and leadership ability.
Graduates praise the professors in the MSAS program for taking an active role in helping them prepare for future careers and use their real world data to provide a foundation for lessons. Graduates have used their degree as a foundation to enter Ph.D. programs at top institutions like the Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Michigan and UCLA. Our current graduates are already faculty members in top universities at Yale University, Columbia University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and West Virginia University.
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