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Masters of Science in Applied Statistics

OSU Department of Statistics

This professional master’s degree is available entirely through online courses.  It emphasizes the practical application of statistical methodology and focuses less on the mathematical underpinnings associated with these techniques.  This degree is “terminal” in that it does not prepare a student for further study in statistics at the doctoral level.  Any student wishing to complete doctoral work in statistics would be required to fulfill missing knowledge not required by this particular program. 

This degree requires 36 hours of coursework.  It does not require a formal report or thesis; however, a creative component is required.  The completion of comprehensive exams is also not required. 

Admission requirements:

Calculus of several variables; computing course; the general GRE.

Required coursework:

STAT 4203     Mathematical Statistics I

STAT 4213     Mathematical Statistics II

STAT 5013     Statistics for Experimenters I

STAT 5023     Statistics for Experimenters II

STAT 5063     Multivariate Methods

STAT 5091     SAS

STAT 5303     Experimental Design

STAT 5002     Applied Masters Creative Component

                        Outside course (3 credits)

Elective coursework:

STAT 4043     Applied Regression Analysis

STAT 5033     Nonparametric Methods

STAT 5043     Sample Survey Designs

STAT 5053     Time Series Analysis

STAT 5073     Categorical Data Analysis

Other courses can be used as electives at the discretion of the MSAS committee and the graduate coordinator.

The creative component course can take many different forms.  One possible incarnation would be to require the students to find suitable data sets to analyze and provide written reports of these analyses.  Another possible approach would be to provide the students with data. 

Each of these students will need to have an advisory committee, just like our on-campus students.  However, since these students are not in need of the same level of advisement, a three-person committee can be established to serve as the pro forma advisory committee for all students seeking this degree.  This committee can evaluate the creative components, assess the possibility of allowing course substitutions, etc.