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 non-thesis degree are required to complete a special problem that typically involves novel or extensive use of statistical methods in real applications, usually in the field of the student’s minor. 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.