Masters Degree in Statistics

The Statistics MS is an applied statistics degree that prepares outstanding students for successful and productive careers. BYU's graduate curriculum is designed to equip students with decision-making skills necessary for successful careers as professional statisticians. Although a firm foundation in theoretical statistics is provided, most of the courses are applied in nature, offering approaches to the solution of important real-world problems.
 
The BYU Master of Science in Statistics includes 27-30 hours of coursework and 6 hours of thesis or 3 hours of project work.
 
Project Option Thesis Option    
  • Minimum 30 hours coursework plus 3 project hours (Stat 698R)
  • Minimum 27 hours coursework plus 6 thesis hours (Stat 699R)
   
  • Required courses: Stat 535, 536, 537, 624, 637, 641, 642, 651, and 666
  • Required courses: Stat 535, 536, 537, 624, 637, 641, 642, 651, and 666
   
  • Examinations: (A) comprehensive written examination covering Stat 535, 624, 641, and 642, (B) oral defense of project
  • Examinations: (A) comprehensive written examination covering Stat 535, 624, 641, and 642, (B) oral defense of thesis
   
  • C+ or better in each class, with an overall cumulative 3.0 GPA in required MS degree classes
  • C+ or better in each class, with an overall cumulative 3.0 GPA in required MS degree classes
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Full-time students should complete the master's program in two years. This very affordable graduate program includes tuition benefits for students with notable academic advancement as well as teaching and research assistantships (see Cost of Attendance and Financial Aid).
 

Post-graduation Placement (100% for the last 3 years)

 66% Employment at:

    Goldman Sachs 
    Visible Equity
    Oracle
    Zions Bank
    Monsanto Co.
    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
    Overstock.com
    Edison Media Research
    University of Utah School of Medicine
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints       
    The RBL Group
    Watson Wyatt
    Coventry Healthcare    
    Intel
    Adobe
34% Pursue Doctoral Degree at:
 
    Duke
    Texas A&M
    UNC - Chapel Hill
    North Carolina State
    U.C. Santa Cruz
    The Ohio State
    Virginia Tech
    University of Arizona
    University of Nebraska
    University of Michigan
    Simon Fraser University
 
 
 
Admission Requirements
  • Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited US university or equivalent, with a minimum 3.3 undergraduate GPA. We also require two methods courses beyond introductory statistics, a calculus-based statistical theory course, differential, integral, and multivariate calculus courses, and a linear algebra course. You must have a B- or higher in each course. A math minor is recommended.

 
Profile of Students Admitted Fall 2017
  • Mean GPA: 3.90
  • Mean GRE: Q-164, V-160, A-4.0
 
Important Policy and Forms
  • Graduate Handbook
  • Prospectus Defense Checklist & Scheduling Form (see graduate secretary)
  • Project / Thesis Defense Checklist & Scheduling Form (see graduate secretary)
  • Thesis Template - please note that instructions are included on how to use the zipped file
  • Style Guide
 
To Apply
Application forms are available online at https://gradstudies.byu.edu/
 
In addition, applicants must submit three letters of recommendation, a letter of intent, official GRE scores, official TOEFL scores for international students, and payment of all university application fees. Also, please be aware that no application can be considered complete until BYU receives the applicants Ecclesiastical Endorsement.  All application materials must be submitted before the February 1 deadline for Fall admission.
 
For more information email graduate@stat.byu.edu or view the following PDF