MS Statistics

This program has been approved by the Council of Graduate Schools as one of only four Professional Science Master's programs in statistics nationwide (and the only one west of the Mississippi). Professional Science Master's programs are innovative degrees designed to allow students to pursue advanced training and excel in science while simultaneously developing highly-valued business skills. The program is characterized by "science-plus," combining rigorous study in statistics with skills-based coursework emphasize writing and communication skills, and requires a final project, team experiences, as well as a "real-world" internship in a business or public sector enterprise. The program was developed in concert with industry and is designed to dovetail into present and future professional career opportunities.

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 skills and learn applications in areas of interest.

This degree is designed for students who wish to become practicing statisticians in business, government or industry.

Admission Requirements

  1. Admission to the Graduate Division.
  2. International students must have achieved a score of at least 80 on the TOEFL iBT exam (or an approved score on the IELTS or PTE). International students having earned a degree in the USA are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS exam scores.
  3. Submission of scores for the general GRE test to graduate admissions and program evaluations (GAPE). There is no minimum score but scores will be used to rank qualified applicants.
  4. Calculus through multiple integration and partial differentiation, as usually gained through 3 semesters of calculus (e.g., Math 30, 31, and 32 at SJSU), each with a grade of at least B.
  5. Linear Algebra (e.g., Math 129A at SJSU), with a grade of at least B.
  6. A calculus-based introductory course in probability and statistics (e.g., Math 161A at SJSU) with a grade of at least B.
  7. Letters of recommendation (2-3), sent directly to the Statistics Graduate Coordinator at the address below (to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics).

See Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluation for information on the application procedure.

The MS Statistics program is designed for students entering in a fall semester.  All spring courses require fall courses as prerequisites.  Admissions for a spring semester, when the university allows such applications, is limited to exceptional students who have already learned the material in the first fall semester courses.

Course Requirements

A total of 36 semester units (usually 12 courses) 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 298i: Internship

Electives are chosen with the consent of the Mathematics Graduate Advisor and/or 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.

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 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.

Teaching Associates

We offer teaching assistantships to qualified graduate students. 

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please see the FAQ page for answers to frequently asked questions.


Department of Mathematics and Statistics, One Washington Square, San José, CA 95192-0103
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