Statistics, MS

The School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences offers a program leading to the degree Master of Science in Statistics. The program draws upon faculty research and teaching interests from various academic units so that programs of study can be tailored to reflect individual needs and goals. Participating faculty are from units that include the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the W. P. Carey School of Business and the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

The program for the MS in statistics provides preparation for either a research-oriented or a practice-oriented career. Requirements specific to this program ensure balanced attention to the theoretical and applied aspects of the discipline of statistics. The program prepares students for careers in business, education, industry and government. Graduates understand the theory that is fundamental to the proper use of statistics, are knowledgeable about the tools of applied statistics and are familiar with computer software packages available for doing statistical computations. In addition, students interested in research in statistics can obtain the background needed to begin a doctoral program. Flexibility in the program reflects the fact that statistical analysis is one of the most widely used tools of modern scientific reasoning.  Note: Funding is primarily reserved for PhD students.

Applicants must submit the Graduate Program application online and satisfy the general requirements for admission to the Graduate College.

Minimum background for consideration of admission to the master's program includes:

  • a bachelor's degree with a 3.00 GPA (4.0 scale) overall and in Mathematics courses
  • mainly A's and B's in advanced Mathematics courses, plus applicants should have
  • completed the following courses (equivalents at ASU are given in parentheses)
    Advanced calculus (MAT 371).
    Calculus (MAT 270, 271 and 272).
    Computer programming (CSE 100).
    Introductory applied statistics (QBA 221 or STP 420).
    Linear algebra (MAT 342).
  • applicants who lack any of the above prerequisite courses must complete the prerequisites before being considered for admission
  • the general GRE is required
  • the names and email addresses for three letters of academic recommendation
  • a brief statement of purpose with the on-line application.

See the "How to apply" tab above for further information on the application. Although most applicants earn the bachelor's degree in a quantitative area (such as statistics, quantitative business analysis, mathematics, engineering or computer science), this is not required for admission to the program.

Program requires the following:

  • 30 credit hours including the required applied project course (STP 593 or IEE 593 or ECN 593) and an oral comprehensive exam, or
  • 30 credit hours, a thesis and an oral comprehensive exam, or
  • 30 credit hours, a written comprehensive exam and an oral comprehensive exam.

Completion of the degree requires 30 credit hours of approved credit, none of which may be from the prerequisites. The program must include the nine credit hours from three required theory courses:

  • STP 501 Probability (Theory of Statistics I)
  • STP 502 Mathematical Statistics (Theory of Statistics II)
  • STP 526 Theory of Statistical Linear Models

The required theory courses are fundamental to the education of statisticians and are necessary for more advanced graduate study. Two courses in applied linear statistical models are also required:

  • Applied regression analysis (IEE 578, ECN 525 or STP 530).
  • Applied analysis of variance/design of experiments (IEE 572, ECN 530 or STP 531).

The program must also include either three credit hours of applied project (IEE 593, ECN 593 or STP 593) or six credit hours of thesis (IEE 599, ECN 599 or STP 599). The applied project or thesis must be defended at an oral examination. The content of the applied project report or thesis must, in its final form, be suitable for submission to an academic journal or conference proceedings. The thesis must conform to Graduate College format requirements.

The remaining nine or 12 credit hours come from elective courses chosen by the student with the approval of supervising faculty. A maximum of six credit hours may be chosen from a related field on which statistics relies (such as computer science) or in which statistics is an essential tool (e.g., biostatistics, quality control). The elective courses allow the student to emphasize a particular area of statistical inference, culminating in an applied project report or a thesis on a topic in that area. No foreign language or written comprehensive examinations are required.

The student has considerable flexibility in selecting an area of specialty. Possible areas of specialty include, among others:

  • Applied data analysis.
  • Bayesian analysis.
  • Biostatistics.
  • Categorical data analysis.
  • Data mining.
  • Design of experiments.
  • Industrial statistics.
  • Linear models.
  • Multivariate analysis.
  • Sampling and survey research.
  • Six sigma methodology.
  • Smoothing methods.
  • Statistical computing.
  • Statistical process control.
  • Time series analysis.

 

Colloquium/Distinguished Lecture Series

All STP MS students must attend 75% of the Statistics Seminar Series for two semesters of their graduate program. Students may substitute any Colloquium/DLS talk for a Statistics Seminar talk. A sign-in sheet will be at every seminar/colloquium; if you do not sign in, your attendance will not be counted. This is a non-credit but required item for the degree.

Deadlines

The application deadline for our master's degree program is July 1. Applications are accepted for fall admission only.

We recommend you submit your application well in advance to allow time for all documents to arrive and be processed, ensuring you have a complete application by the July 1 deadline. Applications still considered incomplete by the School of Mathematical & Statistical Sciences after July 1 will likely not be evaluated by the graduate review committee in time to be considered for admission for that current year. International applicants may want to allow an additional 4-6 weeks for I-20 and visa processing and should pay careful attention to the I-20/DS-2019 important deadlines.

See Graduate Admissions for additional information on non-refundable application fees and the late processing fee.

Application Evaluation

The requirements for each degree are listed on this website, and each applicant is evaluated not only on test scores and grades, but their personal statement and letters of recommendation. Only completed applications submitted through the on-line process will be reviewed.

We receive many inquiries asking for a pre-evaluation to see if an applicant would be eligible to apply or make suggestions on their credentials. Unfortunately we are not able to review any application information sent to us.

Required Application Items

You can apply online to the graduate program and can check your application status with Graduate Admissions by using MyASU. Your privacy is protected by the use of an ASURITE User ID and password. If you are new to ASU, your ASURITE User ID and instructions for its activation can be found on your application acknowledgement letter. If you need the application materials mailed to you, contact the Graduate Admissions office.

The following items are required before an application is considered complete and ready for review by the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences. All application materials, with the exception of official transcripts, should be submitted online to Graduate Admissions.

  • Submit your on-line application to Graduate Admissions.
  • Submit the appropriate application fee to Graduate Admissions.
  • Send official transcripts to Graduate Admissions from all institutions you have attended.
  • International students must submit an official TOEFL score to Graduate Education. See Graduate Admissions for English Proficiency Requirements. If you are applying for support as a TA by the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 100 (IBT) is required.
  • Submit official GRE test scores (general scores only; we do not require the subject test). The ASU Institution code is 4007.
  • Three letters of recommendation. You will be asked to submit the names and email addresses of three (3) references when you complete the Graduate Admissions application online.
  • If you are applying for support as a TA/RA, indicate this information on your online application. No additional form is required. Priority for funding will be for students in one of our PhD degree programs, with limited funding available for MA degree seeking students.
  • Submit a statement of purpose that specifically addresses your research interests and goals for graduate school. This should be uploaded during the online application process.

Academic Integrity

The highest standards of academic integrity and compliance with the university’s Student Code of Conduct are expected of all graduate students in academic coursework and research activities. The failure of any graduate student to uphold these standards may result in serious consequences including suspension or expulsion from the university and/or other sanctions as specified in the academic integrity policies of individual colleges as well as the university.

Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating, fabrication of data, tampering, plagiarism, or aiding and/or facilitating such activities. At the graduate level, it is expected that students are familiar with these issues and that each student assumes personal responsibility in their work.

Application Status

Due to the number of applications we receive, you will not be notified by the school until a decision has been made on your application. You are encouraged to check your application status on MyASU or e-mail grad.math@asu.edu. Include your name and ASU ID number on all correspondence to the school.

Plan of Study

Every graduate student must fill out a plan of study (iPOS) prior to completing 50% of the required credit hours in their program. The iPOS must be approved by a three member supervisory committee and the graduate director. All graduate plans of study are filed using MyASU. You can find an informational guide to assist you under Tutorials. Once you have submitted the iPOS, your advisor will need to email their approval of your iPOS to grad.math@asu.edu.

For further information on the MS program in statistics, contact the graduate director at grad.math@asu.edu.

 

If I send my application information in via email, can I receive a pre-evaluation to see if I am eligible to apply?

We receive many inquiries and applications; therefore, we are not able to review your scores to determine your eligibility to apply or make suggestions on your credentials. The requirements for each degree are listed on our website, and each applicant is evaluated not only on test scores and grades, but their personal statement and letters of recommendation. Only completed applications will be reviewed.

What semesters are applications accepted?

Our School only accepts applications for the fall semesters.

When do applications need to be submitted?

If you are requesting funding from the School, all application materials must be received by January 1. We will continue to accept application materials until July 1 for that current semester. International applicants should be mindful of the deadlines for issuing I-20/DS-2019 documents. Note: Funding is primarily reserved for PhD students.

Do all supporting application materials need to be submitted and received by the application deadline?

Supporting materials can be submitted after the deadline; however, preference for funding requests is given to students whose applications are completed by the deadline.

What are the prerequisites for the degree programs?

All of the School's degree programs require that you have completed a Bachelor of Science in mathematics or a related field and that you have successfully completed both Linear Algebra (ASU equivalent of MAT 342) and Advanced Calculus (ASU equivalent of MAT 371) with a grade of B or better prior to admission.

Is a Master’s degree required to apply for the PhD program?

Domestic students applying to the PhD program must have completed a Bachelor of Science in mathematics or a related field. Due to the differences in the international education system, all international applicants must confirm that their degree(s) will meet the Graduate Admissions requirements.

Is the subject GRE test required?

The general GRE test is required for all graduate programs; however, the subject test is not required.

What is the minimum acceptable TOEFL score?

The minimum acceptable TOEFL score required for admission by the ASU Graduate Admissions is 80 (iBT). If you are requesting TA funding the School requires a minimum score of 100 (iBT).

See the English Proficiency requirements on the ASU Graduate Admissions website.

Can IELTS scores be used for English Proficiency?

Yes, the IELTS is accepted at ASU for the English Proficiency requirement. See the English Proficiency webpage.

Do I have to submit TOEFL scores if I have been attending school in the United States?

Visit the Graduate Admissions' policies and requirements on English Proficiency.

Do I need to request that ETS send my official GRE and TOEFL scores?

Yes, we cannot make a final recommendation on your application until we have received the official test scores from ETS. Copies are not accepted and should not be mailed to the School.

Where should I have my official documents sent?

All official application materials should be sent to ASU Graduate Admissions:

To expedite the processing of your application, please write your application reference number on all documents and envelopes submitted to ASU. Materials submitted without your application reference number will delay the processing of your application.

If sending by U.S. Mail:
Arizona State University
Graduate Admission Services
PO Box 870112
Tempe, AZ 85287-0112


If sending by FedEx, DHL or UPS:
Graduate Admission Services
Arizona State University
1151 S. Forest Avenue, #SSV112
Tempe, AZ  85287-0112

Where can I find the form for recommendation letters?

There is no form for recommendation letters. They are submitted electronically. You will enter the recommender information on the online application and an email will be sent to each recommender requesting an electronic letter submission for your application.

My recommender will only complete a paper recommendation, where can he/she send it?

Unfortunately, we cannot accept letters of recommendation on paper; all letters must be submitted electronically using our system.

What if my recommender needs the email request resent?

If your recommender needs the email resent you can log in to MyASU and resend the email to your recommender.

Which faculty are actively recruiting students for research assistantships? Can I contact them directly?

Faculty research requirements change constantly and we are unable to provide a list of actively recruiting faculty. Faculty do have access to view all incoming applicants and typically notify our office or contact the student themselves if a strong applicant shows an interest in their research and has been accepted into the program.

You can view the different research areas and faculty in our research section of our website. Faculty will often discuss research projects by email with enthusiastic applicants.

What kind of financial support is available through the School?

Eligible applicants who are admitted into the program have the opportunity to apply for a teaching assistantship. See our financial support section for additional information. Note: Funding is primarily reserved for PhD students.

Is there a funding application which must be completed?

No, the information required for the application is included in the online Graduate Admissions application.

How can I check the status of my application?

Log in to MyASU. Your log in information is located in the application confirmation email sent to you from the Graduate College. If you have difficulties logging in contact their office at grad-ges@asu.edu.

When will a decision be made on my application?

Our Graduate Review Committee is continuously reviewing applications to all Graduate Programs and strives to return admission decisions within two weeks of a completed application.

Where can I find information about the Graduate Admissions application and how do I contact their office if I have a question?

General information regarding the online application form can be found on the ASU Graduate Admissions website and their office can be contacted via email at grad-ges@asu.edu.

Degree Offered

Statistics, MS
Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of

Location
Tempe

Plan of Study

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