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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.

Admission Requirements

U.S. Applicant

  • 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, (at BYU these courses are Stat 230 (ANOVA) and Stat 330 (Regression)), two courses in calculus-based statistical theory (Stat 240 and Stat 340 at BYU), differential calculus (Math 112 at BYU), integral calculus (Math 113 at BYU), multivariate calculus (Math 314 at BYU), and a course in linear algebra (Math 213 & Math 215 at BYU). You must have a B- or higher in each course. A math minor is recommended.

If the applicant has not clearly satisfied these prerequisites, they may be admitted to the graduate program on a provisional basis. In such cases, the admitted student should discuss their situation with the Graduate Coordinator immediately. If necessary, appropriate remedial coursework will be added to the graduate’s study list and should be completed as soon as possible. The department will generally not provide tuition assistance for coursework intended to remedy deficiencies in satisfying these prerequisites.
Prior to admission, and while enrolled in the program, a student must have a current ecclesiastical endorsement. Direct any questions about this requirement to the Department secretary.

International Applicant

  • All international students must obtain an IERF evaluation of their international transcripts. The IERF needs to be obtained before applying. The IERF will need to be attached to the application.
  • Admission to the graduate program in the Department of Statistics presupposes that students will have completed all of the prerequisites or suitable equivalents stated below:
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. university or equivalent, with a minimum 3.3 overall undergraduate GPA.
  • A B- or better in a methods course beyond introductory statistics, a calculus-based statistical theory course, multivariate calculus, and linear algebra. A math minor is recommended.
  • Students must also have taken the general GRE (Graduate Record Exam)
  • Be proficient in written and spoken English

E3PT: Overall minimum score of 79 (with minimum speaking, reading, and listening scores of 21, and a minimum writing score of 16). IELTS: Overall minimum band score of 7.0 (consisting of minimum band scores of 6.0 in each module).CAE: 185 (or grade of 'C')TOEFL (paper based test): 580TOEFL iBT (internet based test): Minimum subscores of 22 (Speaking) and 21 (Listening, Reading, & Writing respectively) comprising an overall score at least 85.
If the applicant has not clearly satisfied these prerequisites, they may be admitted to the graduate program on a provisional basis. In such cases, the admitted student should discuss their situation with the Graduate Coordinator immediately. If necessary, appropriate remedial coursework will be added to the graduate’s study list and should be completed as soon as possible. The department will generally not provide tuition assistance for coursework intended to remedy deficiencies in satisfying these prerequisites.

Prior to admission, and while enrolled in the program, a student must have a current ecclesiastical endorsement. Direct any questions about this requirement to the Department secretary.

Profile of Students Admitted over the last 5 years:

  • Average first quartile GPA: 3.87
  • Average first quartile Quantitative GRE: 163

Program Requirements

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 (97% for the last 3 years)

60% Employment at:

IBM

Prestige Financial

Exact Sciences

Kennesaw State University

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Qualtrics

Glaukos Corporation

Lucid Software

The Hartford

Oracle

Aetna

Myriad Genetics

Eli Lilly

Stanford Law School

Northrup Grumman

Visible Equity

Zions Bancorporation

37% Pursue Doctoral Degrees at:

University of Miami

Boston University

University of Connecticut

University of Utah

Duke University

University of Texas

University of California - Santa Cruz

Purdue

Imperial College of London

The Ohio State

Colorado State


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

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.