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### MS in Statistics

#### Degree Requirements

The department offers both a thesis option and a non-thesis option within the MS degree in Statistics.

Under both plans, students must have or acquire knowledge of the material in STAT 211 in addition to their required course work. Additional specific courses may be required depending on the student's background and interest. Other courses in statistics or related areas are selected with the approval of the student's advisor.

Under both plans, the student is expected to participate in the **colloquium series** and the Statistics Student Association **Journal Club**. The student must pass the **comprehensive examination,** which covers knowledge acquired in the core courses of the program.

##### Thesis Option

This is a 30-hour program requiring 24 semester-hours of approved course work. This must include:

- STAT 221, 223, 231, 251, 261, 360, and at least one of STAT 233 or 235;
- another 200/300 level statistics course (except 211, 241, 281, 308), or (if approved) other courses in mathematics, quantitative methods, or specialized fields of application;
- plus
**6 semester hours of approved thesis research**(STAT 391).

##### Non-Thesis Option

This is a 33-hour program requiring 30 semester-hours of course work. The program must include:

- STAT 221, 223, 231, 251, 261, 360, and at least one of Stat 233 or 235;
- other 200/300 level statistics courses (except 211, 241, 281, 308), or (if approved) other courses in mathematics, quantitative methods, or specialized fields of application;
- plus
**3 semester hours of either approved statistical research (STAT 381) or statistical consulting (STAT 385)**.

Under the non-thesis option, students will be expected to take major responsibility for a comprehensive data analysis or methodological research project, and are encouraged to present the results from the project.