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M.S. in Statistics

All student course programs must be approved by a faculty advisor prior to registering for classes each quarter, as well as any changes throughout the quarter. (This program is offered only under the Comprehensive Examination Plan.)

48 units of course credit subject to advisor approval are needed. Up to 8 of them can be from upper-division Mathematics or related fields, subject to approval. Up to 8 of them can be graduate courses in other departments. MATH 295 and MATH 500 generally don't count toward those 48 units, and neither do seminar courses, unless the student's participation is substantial. Full-time students are required to register for a minimum of twelve (12) units every quarter, eight (8) of which must be graduate-level mathematics courses taken for a letter grade only.

The M.S. in Statistics is designed to provide recipients with a strong mathematical background and experience in statistical computing with various applications. Out of the 48 units of credit needed, required core courses comprise 28 units, including:

  • MATH 281A-B-C (Mathematical Statistics)
  • MATH 282A-B (Applied Statistics)

and any two topics comprising eight (8) units chosen freely from MATH 284, MATH 287A-B-C-D and MATH 289A-B-C (see course descriptions for topics).

The students are also required to take 4 units of MATH 297 (Mathematics Graduate Research Internship); although the course can be taken repeatedly for credit, only 4 units can be counted towards fulfilling the M.S. degree requirements. This MATH 297 requirement may be waived if a student has other qualified internship arrangements. The following guidelines should be followed when selecting courses to complete the remaining units:

  • For a theoretical emphasis, MATH 280A-B-C (Probability Theory) is recommended.
  • For an applied orientation, MATH 270A-B (Numerical Mathematics) and MATH 271A-B-C (Numerical Optimization) are recommended.

Upon special approval of the faculty advisor, the rule above, limiting graduate units from other departments to 8, may be relaxed in making up these 20 non-core units.


Comprehensive Examinations

Two written comprehensive examinations must be passed at the Master's level in related course work (approved by a faculty advisor). Instructors of the relevant courses should be consulted for exam dates as they vary on a yearly basis.


Foreign Language Requirement

There is no foreign language requirement for the M.S. in Statistics.


Time Limits

Full-time M.S. students are permitted seven (7) quarters in which to complete all requirements. While there are no written time limits for part-time students, the Department has the right to intervene and set individual deadlines if it becomes necessary, in extenuating circumstances.


Master's Transferring to Ph.D.

A Master's student may submit a written request to transfer into the Ph.D. program, once the qualifying exam requirements for the Ph.D. program have been met and a dissertation advisor has been selected. The advisor must submit a written statement convincing the Qualifying Exam and Appeals Committee (QEAC) that the student is comparable to excellent students directly admitted into the Ph.D. program. The number of transfers that can be approved by QEAC in any given year is extremely limited. The department does not offer support to transferred students before they have advanced to candidacy. Even after advancement, support is not guaranteed, as it depends on availability of funding. Transferring from the Master's program may require renewal of an I-20 for international students, and such students should make their financial plans accordingly. To be eligible for TA support, non-native English speakers must pass the English exam administered by the department in conjunction with the Center for Teaching Development.