M.S. Statistics Degree in Mathematical Statistics or Probability

This program consists of 30 credits and has a thesis option. If the student chooses the thesis option, it is necessary to sign up for and pass STAT 698 for at least 3 credit hours of MS research, culminating in an oral defense with the advisory committee.

If the student does not choose the thesis option, an oral examination is required. The oral examination may consist of the presentation and discussion of a published paper chosen by the student and the Chair of the student's M.S. advisory committee. No credit is given for the oral examination. In the case that the student has accumulated three points from the qualifying examinations, the oral examination may be waived.

The course requirements for this program are satisfied by the first four Semesters of a normal doctoral program. The plan of study should include, any five of the following: STAT 52000, 52500, 52600, 52800, 53200, 53800, 53900, 55300, 57600, or 58000. Substitutes of other courses for courses on this list may be allowed on petition to the department. A total of 30 credit hours is required.

Sample Program Semester 1 (Fall) STAT 519, STAT 525, MA 544
Semester 2 (Spring) STAT 526, STAT 528, STAT 532
Semester 3 (Fall) STAT 545 / STAT 598Z, Elective, Elective or STAT 698 (MS thesis research)
Semester 4 (Spring) STAT 520, STAT 553, STAT546 or STAT 698 (MS thesis research)