MS Statistics Degree

This program is designed for students who wish to become practicing statisticians in business, government or industry. Students with a bachelor’s degree in engineering, the sciences, economics, business, the social sciences or any other field which uses statistics are encouraged to apply for this program in order to learn advanced statistical techniques to apply in their fields. Students with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics or statistics are welcome to apply for the program in order to advance their technical and theoretical skills and learn applications in areas of interest.

Course Requirements

A total of 36 semester units of coursework are required for this degree.

  • Math 163: Probability Theory
  • Math 164: Mathematical Statistics
  • Math 167: Programming in SAS
  • Math 261A: Regression Theory and Methods
  • Math 261B: Design and Analysis of Experiments
  • Math 267A: Statistical Programming with R
  • Math 269: Statistical Consulting

Project requirements are to be satisfied through one of the following:

    • Math 203: CAMCOS
    • Math 298: Research Project
    • Math 288i: Internship

Elective courses in advanced statistical methods or in a content area of the student’s area of interest must be approved in advance of registration by the Statistics Graduate Advisor to bring the total number of units in the program to 36 semester units. See the electives page for more information.

Students who enter the program having already completed courses equivalent in level and content to any of those required for the degree may be allowed to substitute appropriate alternative courses upon advanced approval by the Statistics Graduate Advisor.

Students must obtain a grade of B or better in each of Math 163 and Math 164, and meet all other University requirements, including Competency in Written English, before being advanced to candidacy. Please note that all students must meet the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) independently of the 36-unit degree requirement.

Notes on course requirements

  1. Course descriptions, expected future course offerings and other course information may be found on the Department of Mathematics and Statistics course web page.
  2. Further information on university requirements and programs may be found in the university catalog.
  3. Elective courses, in advanced statistical methods or in a content area of the student's area of interest, must be approved in advance of registration by the Statistics Advisor. No more than one elective may be an upper division undergraduate course and no more than one elective may be taken from other departments.
  4. Students who enter the program having already had courses equivalent in level and content to any of those required for the degree will be allowed to substitute appropriate alternative/elective courses, upon advanced approval by the Statistics Advisor.
  5. The student must obtain a grade of B or better in each of Math 163 and Math 164, complete at least 18 units towards the degree with at least a 3.0 grade point average, and meet all other University requirements, including GWAR, before being advanced to candidacy.

Applying for Graduation

With the aid of the Statistics Advisor, students must complete and file the Petition for Advancement to Graduate Candidacy form with Graduate Studies before the posted deadline (usually 8 months before the proposed graduation date). Students must file the application for Award of Master's degree form before the posted deadline (usually 3 months before the proposed graduation date). The forms and the precise deadlines are available from the Office of Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations web page for current students.

It is the student's responsibility to be aware of all SJSU policies and deadlines.