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Statistics Programs


Information on all Mathematics and Statistics graduate programs may be found on the AU Bulletin. Prospective students may learn more about admissions on our Prospective Graduate Students page.

Master of Probability and Statistics (Non-Thesis)

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers a degree program leading to a non-thesis Master of Probability and Statistics (M.P.S.). This degree is designed to provide a suitable mix of theoretical and applied background for students interested in a career in statistics. The curriculum provides students with the necessary technical, analytical and interpretive skills required of professional statisticians while concentrating on education in the fundamentals of statistics and its interdisciplinary nature. M.P.S.. students are required to complete a project that may involve statistical consulting, programming and/or data analysis. Learn more on the AU Bulletin.

Recommended Plan of Study

  • Year 1 Fall: Stat 6110, Stat 7000, Stat 7600
  • Year 1 Spring: Stat 7010, Stat 7610
  • Year 2 Fall: Stat 7020, Stat 7030, Stat 7620
  • Year 2 Spring: Stat 7840, Stat 7980
  • Required: Stat 7020 Stat 7600, Stat 7610, Stat 7840

Master of Science in Statistics (Thesis)

The Master of Science in Statistics degree is designed to provide a suitable mix of theoretical and applied background for students interested in a career in statistics. The curriculum provides students with the necessary technical, analytical and interpretive skills required of professional statisticians while concentrating on education in the fundamentals of statistics and its interdisciplinary nature. Course offerings are structured to give students a variety of choices of specialization in order to pursue a career in academia, government or industry and/or further their pursuit of a Ph.D. degree in statistics. The student must complete and defend a thesis and obtain a passing score on the related oral examination. Learn more on the AU Bulletin.

Recommended Plan of Study

  • Year 1 Fall: Stat 6110, Stat 7000, Stat 7600
  • Year 1 Spring: Stat 7010, Stat 7610
  • Year 2 Fall: Stat 7020, Stat 7030, Stat 7620
  • Year 2 Spring: Stat 7840, Stat 7990
  • Required: Stat 7020 Stat 7600, Stat 7610, Stat 7840

Doctor of Philosophy in Statistics

The Doctor of Philosophy in Statistics is offered jointly with the Mathematics program in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The successful passing of general examination covering the major and minor fields and the preparation of an acceptable dissertation reflecting high achievement in scholarship and independent investigation and passing of a final examination on the dissertation and related objects. We expect all graduates to make a presentation of their original results in professional setting and, within two years, to have published their results in a professional journal. 

The Doctor of Philosophy is a research degree.  The goal of the program is to develop in students the ability to think and work independently, vigorously, and creatively in Statistics.  Graduates are prepared for employment in colleges and universities, government or industrial research labs as well as information and computer-related industries. Learn more on the AU Bulletin.

Recommended Plan of Study

  • Year 1 Fall: 7000/7020, 7600, (MATH prelim sequence I)
  • Year 1 Spring: 7010, 7610, (MATH prelim sequence II)
  • Year 2 Fall: 7620, 7030, (MATH prelim sequence I)
  • Year 2 Spring: 7800, 7840, (MATH prelim sequence II)

General Notes

  • Students with some statistical background can skip STAT 7000 and take STAT 7020 directly in Fall of the first year.
  • A student usually takes 3 courses in a regular semester.
  • The courses for a PhD student after two years should be discussed with his/her advisor.

Last Updated: 10/14/2015