The Department of Statistics offers thesis and non-thesis Master of Science programs, both requiring 35 semester hours, including at least 31 semester hours of work within the department. Students should expect to complete the master's degree in 18 months of graduate study.

The program requires the following first-year core courses:


  • Inference Fundamentals (3H)
  • Regression and ANOVA (3H)
  • Probability and Distribution Theory (3H)
  • Introduction to Statistical Program Packages (1H)


  • Statistical Inference (3H)
  • Experimental Design and Analysis (3H)
  • Linear Models Theory (3H)
  • Statistical Collaboration and Consulting (3H)

Additional courses which round out a program may be taken at the graduate level in statistics, mathematics, operations research, or in approved areas of application. Each student will participate for one semester in statistical collaboration and consulting activities. For graduate assistants, this is usually part of their duties for the assistantship. All master’s students are required to pass one section of Special Topics in Statistics (Stat 5984, 1 hour each).

After completing the first-year core courses, each student must pass a written qualifying examination at a level appropriate for the master's degree. A final oral examination is also required for the M.S. degree.