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## M.S. in Statistics

## Master of Sciences in Statistics

### Program Description

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics began offering a master degree program in Statistics in the fall term of 2000. Applications for admission into this program are now being accepted at the Graduate Admissions Office. Teaching assistantships are available on a competitive basis. Applications for assistantships are made directly to the Graduate Committee of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics

The Master of Science in Statistics at Florida International University is primarily an applied statistics program. It offers a balance of statistical theory, statistical methodology, and, through electives, an area of application concentration. The areas of concentration are Biostatistics/Environmetrics and Reliability Analysis/Quality Control. The program offers a thesis option and a non-thesis option. Regardless of the concentration or thesis option, the program requires a total of 36 credit hours as follows: a core of six courses (18 hrs), a concentration area of four (elective) courses (12 hrs), and either a thesis (6 hrs) or two additional elective courses (6 hrs) and a comprehensive examination.

### Admission Requirements:

- An undergraduate degree in statistics or mathematics is needed for admission. If an applicant's undergraduate major is not in statistics or mathematics, then the following courses are required: Calculus I, Calculus II, Calculus III, Linear Algebra, and at least one course in statistics.
- A minimum combined score of 1000 on the quantitative and verbal sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). The Department may consider waiving the GRE requirement if applicants have an earned graduate degree from an accredited US institution.
- A minimum ‘B’ average (3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale) in upper level (undergraduate) work, and a 3.0 or higher (on a 4-point scale) GPA in mathematics and statistics courses.
- For foreign applicants only. A minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (or a minimum score of 80 on iBT, or 213 on computer-based version), or a minimum of 6.5 overall on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
- Approval by the Graduate Committee of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

## The Curriculum (36 hrs total):

### Core Courses (18 hrs)

- STA 6244 Data Analysis I
- STA 6247 Data Analysis II
- STA 6326 Mathematical Statistics I
- STA 6327 Mathematical Statistics II
- STA 5206 Design of Experiments
- STA 6246 Linear Models

## Concentration Area (12 hrs):

Students interested in a concentration in Biostatistics/Environmetrics must select two courses from List A and two track-related electives. At least one of these electives must be from outside the department.

Students interested in a concentration in Reliability Analysis/Quality Control must select two courses from List B and two track-related electives. At least one of these electives must be from outside the department.

All elective courses must be approved by the graduate advisor.

### List A: Biostatistics/Environmetrics

- STA 6176 Biostatistics
- STA 6678 Environmental Statistics
- STA 5826 Stochastic Processes

### List B: Reliability Analysis/Quality Control

- STA 5676 Reliability Engineering
- STA 5666 Advanced Quality Control
- STA 5826 Stochastic Processes

### List C: Elective Statistics Courses

- STA 5207 Topics in Design of Experiments
- STA 5236 Regression Analysis
- STA 5507 Nonparametric Methods
- STA 5906 Independent Study
- STA 6505 Analysis of Categorical Data
- STA 6746 Multivariate Statistical Analysis
- STA 6807 Queueing and Statistical Models
- STA 6940 Supervised Statistical Consulting
- Elective Courses from Outside of the Department

Elective courses from outside of the department must be approved by the graduate advisor.

## Thesis Option (6 hrs):

Students opting to write thesis must enroll in STA 6971 Thesis Research and STA 6972 Master′s Thesis (6 credit hours total).

## Non-Thesis Option (6 hrs):

Students who opt not to write a thesis must take two additional elective courses selected from List C or from outside of the department. These courses must be approved by the graduate advisor.

### Graduation Requirements

- Completion of all coursework as follows: a grade of ′B′ or higher in each core course, a grade of ′C′ or higher in each concentration or elective course, and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in all courses.
- A candidate who opts to write a thesis must successfully defend the thesis orally and have the written document approved by his/her thesis committee.
- A candidate who chooses the non-thesis option must take and pass a comprehensive examination.
- Students must follow all regulations of the University Graduate School.

See also, the M.S.Program in Statistics web page.

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*Contact Information*

Florida International University Home Page

Graduate Admissions Office Home Page

*Address*:

Director of Graduate Program

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Florida International University

Miami, FL 33199

Telephone: 305-348-2745

Fax: 305-348-6895

Send email message to Graduate Committee.