Master of Science in Statistics

Graduate Admission

Consideration for admission to the graduate program in statistics will be given to students who have (or are nearing completion of) a baccalaureate degree in statistics, mathematics, or a related area. A student with a degree in another discipline may be required to take prerequisite courses in mathematics or statistics as specified below.

All applicants for admission to the graduate program in statistics must meet the university requirements for graduate admission as published in the Graduate Bulletin of The University of Akron. All foreign graduate students must demonstrate proficiency in English. In addition to meeting all University criteria for admission, the Department of Statistics requires three (3) current letters of recommendation, as well as completion of three semesters of Calculus, one semester of Linear Algebra and one semester of Applied Statistics (or equivalent) for all students, domestic and foreign. Applicants who have not taken the required prerequisite courses will be required to complete them prior to start of the program. The Department of Statistics does not require GRE or any other qualifying exam. Full admission is solely based upon the academic record and fulfillment of the required prerequisites with a minimum of GPA of 2.75 or 3.00 for the last two years (64 semester credits or equivalent). See Graduate Bulletin Section 2, General Information for further clarification.

See also Stats Dept Graduate Student Handbook.  

Note:  Applications will not be reviewed for admission at the department level until all three letters of recommendation are received.

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The Department of Statistics usually has a number of graduate teaching assistantships available for qualified graduate students. These assistantships provide a waiver of all tuition (excluding fees) in addition to a bi-weekly stipend. All students who have received full admission can be considered. 

Based on the Council of Graduate Schools Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees and Assistants, all offers for graduate assistantships/scholarships must be made prior to April 15th of each year.  All funding decisions are made and offers extended early in the year prior to that date; therefore, applications received after that date generally cannot be considered for funding. However, funding and admission decisions are not related and a student can still be accepted for either fall or spring admission.

All international applicants, U.S. citizens, and Permanent Residents whose native language is not English must submit evidence that they have a sufficient level of English to undertake graduate studies at The University of Akron in order to receive full admission.  Please refer to the Graduate Bulletin (page 22) for clarification.  Please be aware that because our graduate students are required to teach general education Statistics computer labs, we do require that students be proficient in English as demonstrated by achieving a minimum of 23 on the speaking portion of the IBT or have completed and passed a course of study in English.

In addition, international students who are requesting a graduate assistantship must have an F1 visa to be considered.  Even though we have no specific deadline for applications, we do start review of fully admitted applicants early in the spring and the offer process is completed by April 15th.

Students have a total of six years to complete the masters degree.

Program Details

Master of Science - Statistics (Thesis and Nonthesis options)

Entrance into the M.S. Statistics program requires a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 and completion of the following prerequisites prior to starting the program:

  • Three Semesters of Calculus or Equivalent
  • Linear Algebra or equivalent
  • One Semester of Applied Statistics or equivalent

Core Curriculum

3470:651 Probability and Statistics   4 credits
3470:652 Advanced Mathematical Statistics   3 credits
3470:580 Statistical Data Management   3 credits
3470:663 Experimental Design   3 credits
3470:665 Regression   3 credits

Thesis requirements (30 credits of graduate work)

In addition to the core curriculum, students must take 3 credits in 3470:689 Advanced Topics in Statistics, 2-4 credits in 3470:699 Master's Thesis and 7-9 other approved elective graduate credit hours must be completed.  Upon approval of the thesis by the student's Advisor and Reader, the thesis must be presented in a colloquium to faculty and other students.

Nonthesis requirements (33 credits of graduate work)

In addition to the core curriculum, students must take 3 credits in 3470:689 Advanced Topics in Statistics, 2-4 credits in 3470:692 Statistics Masters Paper and 10-12 other approved elective graduate credit hours must be completed. Upon approval of the Statistics Masters Paper by the student's Advisor and Reader, the paper must be presented in a colloquium to faculty and students. 

IMPORTANT! The 3470:689 Advanced Topics in Statistics class is only offered in fall semester and students must have completed all five core courses in order to be eligible for enrollment.  Therefore, students starting the program during spring semester should plan on being in the program a full two years in order to complete all requirements.

Graduate course descriptions