College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences2012-2013

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Statistics, Master of Science

Statistics forms the backbone of a multitude of research endeavors and is essential in the design of experiments and analysis of experimental data—in disciplines old, new, and cutting edge. This non-thesis advanced degree concludes with a comprehensive exam conducted by the student's advisory committee.


What Can I Do with a Master of Science in Statistics?

Statistics is a profession in its own right, but it's also an essential tool in countless career fields; from physical and social science to business, engineering, and marketing. Government and industry employers need skilled statisticians for operations research, numerical analysis, simulation and modeling, data analysis, market research, and commercial surveys. In the Master's Degree in Statistics you will receive rigorous training in the design of experiments and the analysis and interpretation of results.

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Policy analyst
  • Research assistant
  • Data analyst
  • Surveyor

University Requirements

  • To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)

    You must additionally complete:

    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
    • All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
    • All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Minimum Units for Completion 32
Major GPA 3.0
Additional Admission Requirements Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Comprehensive Exam Comprehensive Exam is required.


Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Master's Requirements
  • Take the following 32 units:

    Core Coursework (20 units)
    Statistics Elective (3 units)
    Coherent Area (9 units)
    • Coherent area of your own choosing, subject to advisor and department graduate operations committee approval.
    • While a coherent area may consist of additional statistics or mathematics courses, students are encouraged to choose an area in forestry, environmental sciences, biological sciences, or another area of application of statistics.
    • Coherent-area coursework must be appropriate for a graduate program.
    Comprehensive Final Exam
    • Perform satisfactorily on a comprehensive final exam conducted by your advisory committee
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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