Applied Statistics

Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics

Certificate Code - CG29

The Certificate in Applied Statistics (C.A.S.) can be earned through traditional classroom delivery as well as distance-based delivery. Many of the courses are offered both on-campus and online, including the required courses and the SAS and Data Science tracks.

The C.A.S. is designed for professionals or students who want applied statistics and data science courses to enhance their job opportunities and quantitative skills. If prerequisite requirements are met, theoretical courses in statistics are available as an option. This certificate program is designed for both on and off-campus delivery.
This certificate program will provide students with a solid foundation in statistical methods, predictive analytics, statistical computing, and data technologies. This program will enhance the quantitative skills of professionals or the research productivity of graduate students.
The C.A.S. is based on a coherent group of courses representing a specialized area of knowledge. To meet this objective each student must choose a track reflecting his or her interests. Certain tracks, e.g., the SAS, Data Science, and Modeling tracks, are offered as on and off-campus options. Other tracks are residential, although certain courses within these tracks may be offered in a distance-based format.

To maintain their status and to receive a Certificate in Applied Statistics, students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA in courses counted towards the certificate. Students falling below a 3.0 GPA for a semester on courses counting towards this degree will be notified, and they will have one year to raise their GPA to a 3.0.

Required Courses

Students in the certificate program must complete at least fifteen credit hours. The Certificate in Applied Statistics should represent a distinct area of study, which builds on the foundational required statistics courses. The distinct areas of study are: SAS, data science, modeling, applied statistics, and mathematical statistics. The courses required for the completion of each of these areas are defined below.

STAT 511Statistical Methods 13
STAT 512Statistical Methods 23
Three courses from one of the tracks listed below9
Total Hours15

Track options and courses


STAT 521Statistical Analysis System Programming3
STAT 522Advanced Statistical Analysis System Programming3
STAT 540Introduction to Exploratory Data Analysis3

Data Science Track:

STAT 523Statistical Computing3
STAT 623Data Technologies3
STAT 624High Performance Analytics3

Modeling Track: 

STAT 541Applied Multivariate Analysis3
STAT 545Applied Regression Analysis3
STAT 547Survival Analysis3

Applied Statistics Track: 

STAT 513Design of Experiments3
STAT 531Sampling Theory and Methods3
STAT 551Nonparametric Statistics3

Mathematical Statistics Track:

STAT 516Forensic Statistics3
STAT 561Theory of Statistics 13
STAT 562Theory of Statistics 23
Total Hours9

Customized track:

A student can propose a customized track to the Admissions and Standards Committee for approval based on three cohesive courses selected from 500 or 600-level courses taught by the Department of Statistics or two courses taught by the Department of Statistics and one statistics course taught by another department.

Capstone experience

The certificate capstone will test the student's ability to apply statistical methods to a real dataset using statistical computing tools. The student is required to develop a reproducible report including a brief description of the methodologies used, the results, and the conclusions. The report is limited to ten pages. The dataset type and methods used will depend on the track the student has chosen.

The capstone experience will be administered by the student's advisor. The student will be given five days to complete the report at a date mutually agreed upon by the student and his or her advisor at or near the end of the student's coursework. The advisor will determine whether the student passes or fails based on an agreed upon rubric. A student who fails will receive written information on the reasons for failure and be given three additional days to improve his or her report to the standards required for passing.