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2023/2024 University Catalog 
2023/2024 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Statistics, M.S.

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(Major Code: 17021) (SIMS Code: 776369)

In addition to meeting the requirements for classified graduate standing and the basic requirements for the master’s degree as described in Requirements for Master’s Degrees , the students must meet the following program requirements:

The student should have completed before entering the program the following undergraduate coursework: three semesters of calculus, one semester of linear algebra, and two semesters of calculus-based probability theory courses. The student should also have working knowledge of a programming language before entering the program. Students lacking some of the above undergraduate coursework may be admitted conditionally and may make up this coursework during the first year of the program (these courses will not be counted toward the degree course requirements).

The student must complete a minimum of 33 units of coursework as described below. Upon entry to the program, the student will be assigned to a graduate adviser in statistics. Thereafter, the adviser will meet with the student each semester and discuss his or her academic program. A program of study must be approved by the graduate adviser in statistics.

Advancement to Candidacy

All students must satisfy the general requirements for advancement to candidacy as described in Requirements for Master’s Degrees .


Three additional units of graduate advisor approved 500-level or above courses offered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, not including STAT 799A .

Culminating Experience

(3 units)

Plan A

STAT 799A  with approval of the graduate adviser and the statistics division faculty member who will chair the thesis committee. Plan A students are also required to pass a final oral examination on the thesis, open to the public.

Plan B

Pass a written comprehensive examination and complete 3 additional units of 600- and 700- numbered statistics courses as approved by the graduate adviser. Policy and procedures for the Plan B examination are documented and available from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

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