Knowledge of multivariable calculus and matrix algebra are the minimal requirements for entry. Many applicants will have taken the equivalent of ST 511 or ST 517 and may be able to substitute an elective for that requirement.
All questions regarding the graduate program should be directed to Graduate Services.
Master of Statistics students can choose from several concentrations. In addition to the traditional (no concentration) Master of Statistics degree, concentrations are available in Biomedical Statistics, Environmental Statistics, Statistical Genetics, and a Financial concentration. The differences among the concentrations are the required coursework, most often the choices of electives. Students can also choose the Master of Science degree, though currently most students do not. The Master of Science degree requires a Thesis.
The goal of the traditional degree is a solid foundation in the traditional areas of statistics, such as survey sampling and design of experiments. This route may provide the best preparation for someone working as a lone statistician on an interdisciplinary team.
The concentration in Biostatistics will provide training in statistical methods useful in the design and analysis of studies conducted in medical research, the pharmaceutical industry, and the area of public health. Students will learn fundamentals of clinical trials and epidemiological studies and will be exposed to recent advances in statistical methods for the analysis of time-to-event, categorical, and longitudinal data.
It is recommended that students in the Environmental Statistics Concentration be involved with research and consulting in the environmental area and interact with environmental scientists. This may be accomplished through projects of the department or University, or through formal internships with EPA and the National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS) at RTP.
The Statistical Genetics concentration is appropriate for those who are interested in the relevance of genetic data to areas that include genomic science, medicine, and agriculture. This is a different program than the Master of Bioinformatics program.
The Financial concentration complements the Statistics core courses with electives related to the analysis, interpretation, and understanding of financial data. This is a different program from the Masters of Financial Mathematics program, or the Masters of Economics program.
The Masters program may be completed in one full-time year of study (May-May). However, a student may take classes at a slower pace if desired.