Statistics M.S.

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

Overview

The Statistics Program offers biostatistics, statistics, 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 business, actuarial science, industry, and government or advanced training in disciplines that make extensive use of statistical principles and methods. 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, sequential analysis, three stage sampling, time series analysis, survival data analysis, discriminant analysis, bootstrap methods, 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. Three semesters of calculus, a course in matrix methods, and one 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 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 thirty credit program requiring twenty-four credits of statistics course work. The program must include:
STAT 221Statistical Methods II3
STAT 223Applied Multivariate Analysis3
STAT 231Experimental Design3
STAT 251Probability Theory3
STAT 261Statistical Theory3
STAT 360Linear Models3
Six additional course credits are required. STAT 233 and/or STAT 235 are recommended. Other 200-300 level statistics courses (except STAT 211, STAT 241, STAT 281, STAT 308) or (if approved) other courses in mathematics, quantitative methods, or specialized fields of application can be selected.
Six credits of thesis research is required:
STAT 391Master's Thesis Research6
Option B (Non-thesis)
A thirty credit program requiring twenty-seven credits of course work. The program must include:
STAT 221Statistical Methods II3
STAT 223Applied Multivariate Analysis3
STAT 231Experimental Design3
STAT 251Probability Theory3
STAT 261Statistical Theory3
STAT 360Linear Models3
Nine additional course credits are required. STAT 233 and/or STAT 235 are recommended. Other 200-300 level statistics courses (except STAT 211, STAT 241, STAT 281, STAT 308) or (if approved) other courses in mathematics, quantitative methods, or specialized fields of application can be selected.
The research project requirement is met by taking three 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 exam is typically held two weeks after the final exam in the spring semester. The student can take the exam a maximum of two 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.