Master of Arts in Statistics | Thesis

The STAT Prgram offers the Master's degree in statistics, based on both theoretical and applied course work. Students will find that the combination of rigorous classes, faculty-student Research Interaction Teams (RIT’s), computational support, and thesis research prepare them well for the job market.


In addition to the core courses, students elect other courses in statistics, mathematics, or areas of application. This enables the student to set up an individualized program of study in applied statistics, mathematical statistics or applied probability. The student should plan on beginning thesis research in the second year.

In addition to satisfying the requirements applicable to all M.A. candidates, the student must have:

  1. taken a total of 24 hours of courses carrying graduate credit of which at least 15 are at the 600/700 level and at least 12 hours are at the 600/700 level in statistics and probability (STAT)
  2. taken at least 6 hours of STAT 799 (Research) in addition to requirement (1)
  3. written a satisfactory thesis (see below)
  4. passed a final oral examination (see below)

Thesis: The M.A. thesis should represent a meaningful piece of independent work which has some novel features, for example, the detailed working out of the application of a general theory or method to some particular case or cases of interest. It must be prepared in the form required by the Graduate School. Each member of the final oral committee must receive a legible typed copy at least one week before the final oral examination. Two copies of the thesis must be delivered to the Graduate School after the final oral examination and before the deadline specified in the Schedule of Classes.

Final Oral Examination: The final oral examination shall consist of a presentation of the material in the scholarly paper, plus questioning by the examiners based on the paper and whatever material in the approved M.A. program that has not been covered by the written examination. The examining committee shall consist of the two readers of the scholarly paper.

Progress expected of full-time students:

By end of:Ideal Progress:To Remain in Program:
1st Year Complete at least 12 credits at the 600 level with 3.0 GPA Pass 48 units each term with at least a 3.0 GPA
2nd Year Complete course requirements, choose an advisor, and begin serious work on thesis Pass 48 units each term with at least 3.0 GPA
3rd Year Complete thesis and receive degree Pass 48 units each term with at least 3.0 GPA and complete course requirements
4th Year --- Complete MA by end of 5th year. Must be registered student during final semester


To convert credit hours to units:

  • 899, units = 18 × credits
  • 799, units = 12 × credits
  • 600 level, units = 6 × credits
  • 400 level, units = 4 × credits