The Department of Experimental Statistics offers the Master of Applied Statistics (MAPST) degree. Students can opt for a non-thesis (38 credits) or a thesis (37 credits) degree. Students who choose the thesis degree must write a thesis involving the extension of current statistical methodology or novel/extensive use of statistical methods in a real application. Students gain valuable experience while working closely with faculty and clients during the statistical consulting practicum courses. Each student must present a departmental seminar and must pass the oral and written comprehensive final examination.
Some students in the department pursue dual master’s degrees or work toward the MAPST degree while pursuing a PhD in another department. Students completing the MAPST degree are prepared to serve as applied statisticians or to pursue a PhD in statistics or a related field. Employment opportunities exist for applied statisticians in business, industry, government, and in educational and research organizations.