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Masters Option in Statistics, Newton (Boston Area)

Note: The information on this page supersedes the information in the Axioms (Handbook).

The requirements for the Masters option in Statistics involve coursework, a project and qualifying exams. All courses are offered from 6:00-8:30 p.m. once per week from Monday to Thursday at the Newton campus.

(Details on course offerings for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 are here.)

The Masters option in Statistics requires 30 hours of coursework (10 courses). Students can complete the program in as little as 1.5 years. The required 10 courses include the following 5 core courses:

Core Courses
  • Stat 535: Statistical Computing
  • Stat 607: Mathematical Statistics I
  • Stat 608: Mathematical Statistics II
  • Stat 625: Regression Modeling
  • Stat 691P: Project Seminar
Elective Courses

In addition, students must complete at least 5 other courses which are either Statistics courses numbered 526 or above, from within the department, or courses outside the department numbered 500 and above subject to prior approval by the Statistics coordinator.

Electives in Statistics currently offered and to be offered in 2020-2021 at Newton Mount Ida include the following:
  • Stat 526: Design of Experiments
  • Stat 697DS: Statistical Methods for Data Science
  • Stat 697L: Categorical Data Analysis
  • Stat 697MV: Applied Multivariate Statistics
  • Stat 697TS: Time Series Analysis and Applications
  • Stat 697V: Data Visualization
Students can also take elective courses in other graduate programs at UMass-Amherst including Computer Science, Biostatistics, Business & Analytics and Geosciences, among many others, with prior approval by the Statistics Coordinator.

Students must complete 30 hours of coursework with grades of C or better, including at least 24 hours with grades of B or better (pass or fail grades cannot be used to satisfy this requirement). In addition, the student must have at least an overall B average.

The project requirement is fulfilled by completing the course Stat 691P: Project Seminar.

Students completing the M.S. option in Statistics are required to pass two of three basic exams we offer: applied statistics, probability, and statistics, which are based on the courses Stat 535 and 625 (applied statistics); Stat 607 (probability); and Stat 608 (statistics). The basic exams are given twice a year, in January and August.


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