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