The MS degree program in statistics is designed for students who wish to pursue a career as a practicing statistician in industry, government, or academia. The degree is also valuable for people working in other fields who need mastery of a broad range of statistical methods.
The MS program consists of courses in both theoretical and applied statistics. An incoming graduate student who has some background in mathematics and statistics can reasonably expect to complete an MS program in 4 semesters of study.
Some of our MS graduates opt to work toward their PhD degrees. Of those that do not, nearly all are working in statistics-related jobs.
No more than 40‰ of your U of M School of Statistics MS program credits may be transferred from another institution or earned at the University as a non-degree seeking student . Consult the University's current Graduate School Catalog for details of Graduate School requirements for the MS degree.
All degree programs are planned with an adviser and are subject to the approval of the adviser and the director of graduate studies. You must file an official "Degree Program" designating the courses that will be used to satisfy the requirements for the MS This is usually done in the fall of your second year.
Most 5xxx– and 8xxx–level in Statistics and 7xxx- and 8xxx-level courses in Biostatistics in the School of Public Health that do not overlap with the core courses are eligible for use as electives.
A coherent sequence of a minimum of two 5xxx or higher level courses totaling at least 6 credits is required in a quantitative field, such as computer science, ecology, economics, genetics, public policy, sociology, psychology or mathematics. Your program of study in a supporting field must be approved by your adviser and the director of graduate studies.
Students considering the PhD degree usually take mathematics courses (often Math 5615–5616 "Honors Introduction to Analysis") for their supporting field.
You are expected to maintain a GPA of 3.00 or better in courses included in your degree program. You may take Stat 8801: Statistical Consulting and at most 4 non–core credits as S–N (pass-fail). S–N credits are not used in calculating your GPA.
You must earn 3 credits in Stat 8801: Statistical Consulting, as shown in the coursework requirements.
You must give one public seminar, usually on the topic of your Plan B project.
There is no second language requirement. International students should consult the international students section for information on English language proficiency.
The Plan B project is intended to supplement coursework and gives you a broader view of the theory and applications of statistics. You must demonstrate familiarity with the tools of research and scholarship in statistics and the ability to work independently and present results effectively.
A final oral examination for the MS degree is administered by an examining committee that consists of 2 members of the statistics graduate faculty and 1 faculty member from the minor or related area. The oral examination often focuses on the Plan B project, but may be a comprehensive examination of the MS program course work.