Statistics MS

The master of science in statistics program at Arizona State University is highly interdisciplinary and draws faculty research and teaching interests from various academic units. The program is highly flexible and 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.

Data has been described as the world’s most valuable resource. Statisticians are key in interpreting data to guide critical decisions and direct new areas of inquiry in science, business, policy and government.

A report by McKinsey Global Institute predicts the U.S. will need up to 190,000 new professionals with analytical skills to help manage the Big Data movement and run data analytics and business intelligence operations in the private and public sectors. Additionally, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that jobs for statisticians will grow 34 percent between 2016 and 2024, much faster than the growth rate of 7 percent for all occupations. ASU's statistics division is growing to meet this high demand.

ASU’s MS in statistics prepares students for either a research-oriented or a practice-oriented career, and balances both the theoretical and applied aspects of the discipline. 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.

The statistics division of the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences has eight full-time faculty and is housed largely in Charles Wexler Hall, near the center of campus. Our approximately 30 statistics master's students enjoy a collaborative atmosphere and a full schedule of seminars and colloquiums each week. We support an active chapter of the Graduate Statistics Club, the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM), as well as a student chapter of American Mathematics Society (AMS). The school hosts an annual Math and Statistics Career Day and graduate students explore multiple career paths locally and nationally in business, industry, government and academia.

2 years to degree
30 credit hour program
accelerated option

Degree Overview

The 30-hour program of study includes coursework, exams, and a publicly-defended thesis or applied project. The Statistics MS program provides preparation for either a research-oriented or a practice-oriented career. 

How to apply

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

We do not accept applications for spring admission. Completed applications are reviewed beginning in December for fall admission. There is usually no funding available for master's students.

Applications still considered incomplete by the School of Mathematical and 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

Each applicant is evaluated not only on their GRE scores and grades, but also on 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.

More specifics can be found on the How To Apply page.

Charles Wexler Professor of Statistics John StufkenThe strong emphasis on interdisciplinary research makes ASU a paradise for statisticians. Statistics is inherently interdisciplinary. As noted by the late John Tukey, as a statistician, 'you get to play in everyone’s backyard', and at ASU there are enormous opportunities to make this a reality.

John Stufken
Charles Wexler Professor of Statistics

Curriculum

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 including the required thesis course (STP 599 or IEE 599 or ECN 599), a thesis and an oral comprehensive exam, or 
30 credit hours, a written comprehensive exam and an oral comprehensive exam

 

Requirements and electivesHours
Required Theory Courses9
Required Applied Linear Statistical Model Courses6
Electives9-15
Culminating Experience0-6
Total hours required30

Courses and electives

The goal of the Statistics MS is for students to understand the theory that is fundamental to the proper use of statistics, to be knowledgeable about the tools of applied statistics and familiar with computer software for doing statistical computations.

STP 501 Theory of Statistics I: Distribution Theory (3)
STP 502 Theory of Statistics II: Inference (3)
STP 526 Theory of Statistical Linear Models (3)

The required theory courses are fundamental to the education of statisticians and are necessary for more advanced graduate study.

STP 530 Applied Regression Analysis or IEE 578 Regression Analysis or ECN 525 (3)

STP 531 Applied Analysis of Variance or IEE 572 Design Engineering Experiments (3)

The remaining 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.

STP 593 or ECN 593 or IEE 593 Applied Project (3)
STP 599 or ECN 599 or IEE 599 Thesis (6)
Oral and written comprehensive exam (0)

The applied project or thesis must be defended at an oral examination. The thesis must conform to the Graduate College format requirements. 

Ideally, the content of the applied project report or thesis, in its final form, will be suitable for submission to an academic journal or conference proceedings.

Prerequisites may not be used to complete the 30 credit hours.

Accelerated Degrees (4+1)
This program allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years. Acceptance to the accelerated degree program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students will be advised by their academic departments to apply. This accelerated master's degree (4+1) is offered in conjunction with this undergraduate degree: 

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