Statistics M.S.

All students must meet the Requirements for the Master's Degree

Overview

The Statistics Program offers biostatistics, statistics, data science and probability courses for the entire university community along with traditional degree programs and individually designed degree programs emphasizing statistics applied to other fields. The degree programs are designed primarily for students who plan careers in data science, business, actuarial science, industry, and government or advanced training in disciplines that make extensive use of statistical methods and data science. The program faculty is deeply involved in consulting and collaborative research in a wide variety of fields, including industry, agriculture, and in the basic and clinical medical sciences. These research activities along with the research of other quantitative UVM faculty offer students unique opportunities to apply their classroom training to "real world" problems. Qualified students with the goal of learning statistics to use in a specialized area of application are especially encouraged to take advantage of these cooperative arrangements.

Program faculty have active statistics research efforts in areas such as bioinformatics, statistical genetics, Bayesian models, survival data analysis, discriminant analysis, bootstrap methods, machine learning, predictive modeling, networks, categorical data analysis, measurement error models, and experimental design. Students seeking the traditional graduate degree in statistics (along with course work in mathematics and computer science, if desired) have excellent opportunities to participate in the faculty's research.

Specific Requirements

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Master of Science

A baccalaureate degree. 3 semesters of calculus, a course in matrix methods, and 1 semester of statistics. Provisional acceptance can be given prior to the completion of these requirements. Satisfactory scores on the general (aptitude) portion of the Graduate Record Examination are required. Computer programming experience is highly recommended.

Current undergraduate students at the University of Vermont should contact the program director for details on the Accelerated Master’s Program.

Minimum Degree Requirements for the Degree of Master of Science

OPTION A (THESIS)
A 30 credit program requiring 24 credits of statistics course work. The program must include:
STAT 221QR: Statistical Methods II3
STAT 223QR:Appld Multivariate Analysis3
STAT 231QR: Experimental Design3
STAT 251QR: Probability Theory3
STAT 261QR: Statistical Theory3
STAT 360Linear Models3
6 additional course credits are required. Other 200-300 level statistics courses (except STAT 211, STAT 241, STAT 281) or (if approved) other courses in mathematics, quantitative methods, or specialized fields of application can be selected.6
6 credits of thesis research is required:
STAT 391Master's Thesis Research6
OPTION B (NON-THESIS)
A 30 credit program requiring 27 credits of course work. The program must include:
STAT 221QR: Statistical Methods II3
STAT 223QR:Appld Multivariate Analysis3
STAT 231QR: Experimental Design3
STAT 251QR: Probability Theory3
STAT 261QR: Statistical Theory3
STAT 360Linear Models3
9 additional course credits are required. Other 200-300 level statistics courses (except STAT 211, STAT 241, STAT 281) or (if approved) other courses in mathematics, quantitative methods, or specialized fields of application can be selected.9
The research project requirement is met by taking 3 semester hours of:
STAT 381Statistical Research3
or STAT 385 Consulting Practicum
BOTH OPTIONS
Under both options, students must have or acquire knowledge of the material in STAT 211. The student is expected to participate in the colloquium series of the program and in the Statistics Student Association Journal Club. The student must pass the comprehensive examination.

Comprehensive Examination

A written comprehensive examination is based on the courses STAT 211, STAT 221, STAT 223, STAT 231, STAT 251, and STAT 261. The comprehensive exams are typically held both 1 week prior to the start of the spring semester and approximately 2 weeks after the final exam in the spring semester. The student can take the exam a maximum of 2 times.

Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Master of Science

Successful completion of any prerequisite courses, and at least 15 graded graduate credits earned in compilation of the graduate GPA, including all core courses. A GPA of 3.00 or greater is also required.