The Master of Science in Applied Statistics

Gain hands-on experience with real projects and learn advanced business intelligence skills.

Begun over 25 years ago, the Master of Science in Applied Statistics is a highly respected program at the Manderson Graduate School of Business. The program averages 15 graduates per year and offers teaching and research assistantships with competitive stipends, including partial tuition.

Students in the Master of Science in Applied Statistics program can utilize the Marillyn A. Hewson Data Analytics Lab, taking advantage of cutting-edge technology in a collaborative environment. Students do not need a business degree to earn an MS in Applied Statistics. Learn more about the requirements of the Master of Science in Applied Statistics Program in the course catalog.

The M.S. degree in Applied Statistics is a flexible program, allowing students to structure courses in a manner that complements their career objectives. The program requires 30 hours, half of which are track specific. There are two different tracks within this degree: Statistics and Analytics, with five required courses common to both tracks of study. This program offers general courses in:

  • Classical statistical methods
  • Mathematical statistics
  • Regression
  • Experimental design

As well as specialized courses in topics including:

  • Data mining
  • Quality control
  • Multivariate analysis
  • Statistical computing
  • Linear models
  • Nonparametric statistics.

Electives may be earned in additional coursework with the approval of a faculty advisor. The program of related courses may vary from student to student and depends on the student’s interests and academic background. When most of the coursework is completed, the student must pass a written comprehensive examination OR a professional exam such as the Actuarial P Exam, SAS Predictive Modeler Exam, or the ASQ Certified Quality Engineer Exam.

Admissions into the Master of Science in Applied Statistics program are accepted on a yearly basis.

Below are the requirements of admission into the program:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college.
  • Transcripts from all colleges attended.
  • A Statement of Purpose outlining your reasons for desiring the degree.
  • An up-to-date Resume.
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation.
  • Average GMAT/GRE score: 707/319
  • Average GPA: 3.53

More information on the cost of the program can be found on the UA student accounts website.

Manderson students who have completed the Master of Science in Applied Statistics program have been employed at:

  • McKinsey & Co.
  • Lockheed Martin
  • and many more companies!

Special Requirements

The candidate for admission to applied statistics is normally expected to have completed courses in mathematics equivalent to three semesters of undergraduate calculus and to have a working knowledge of computer programming and linear or matrix algebra. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) is required of all applicants.

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Dr. Xuwen Zhu| Program Coordinator


April Ingram | Director of Specialized Masters and Ph.D. Programs