M.S. in Statistics

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The M.S. program emphasizes applied statistics and requires students to take at least one course in areas of application.  The plan of study for this degree may be formulated with related work in almost any area, e.g., Biology, Business, Economics, Nutrition, and Psychology to name a few.

Individuals with a Bachelor’s degree in any major, with a background in mathematics and statistics, are encouraged to apply.  In general, three semesters of full-time study, normally four courses per semester, are required to complete the MS degree, although it is possible for a student with a strong background to finish in one year.  A student holding an assistantship, or who is otherwise prevented from carrying a full load of graduate work, generally requires an additional semester to finish.


  1. In order to be considered for a possible switch to the Ph.D. program or for financial support, an M.S. in Statistics student must first pass both parts of the Ph.D. Qualifying Exam at Ph.D. level. For international students, in order to be considered for financial support, passing UCONN’s English Speak Test is mandatory.
  2. Individuals who would like to concentrate on biostatistics are encouraged to apply to the Professional Master’s Program in Biostatistics of the Department.


Although there are no official course requirements for admission to graduate study, a degree of mathematical sophistication is necessary for acceptable progress through the program. This mathematical maturity may be achieved by successful completion of three semesters of calculus and a semester of linear algebra. A background in statistics will be helpful, but is not assumed.

Structure of the Master’s Program:

Depending on a student’s background, he or she should take eight (8) to ten (10) 3-credit courses, with the following ones being required: STAT 5585, 5685, 5505, 5605, 5725 and 5515. In addition, the 1-credit seminar course STAT 5095 is required. The elective courses normally consist of four (4) additional courses, two to three in the Department of Statistics and at least one in an area of application from other departments. Choices are made with the approval of the candidate’s major and associate advisors. Up to 6 credits may be transferred subject to the approval of the Department, provided that the student has taken equivalent graduate-level courses that have not been counted towards any academic degree. After taking all required 3-credit courses, the student must take and pass a Master’s Examination. He or she must also demonstrate proficiency in statistical computing. There is no thesis requirement for the Master’s Degree.

Possible sequences of courses include:

  • Two Semester Plan (Knowledge of Statistics 5585-5685 and some applied statistics is assumed.)
    • Statistics 5505 , Statistics 5725, 2 Elective Courses
    • Statistics 5095, Statistics 5605, Statistics 5515, 2 Elective Courses
  • Three Semester Plan
    • Statistics 5585, Statistics 5505, 1 Elective Course
    • Statistics 5685, Statistics 5515, Statistics 5605, 1 Elective Course
    • Statistics 5725, 2 Elective Courses, Statistics 5095 (1 credit)
  • Four Semester Plan
    • Statistics 5585, Statistics 5505, 1 Elective Course
    • Statistics 5685, Statistics 5515, 1 Elective Course
    • Statistics 5725, 1 or 2 Elective Courses
    • Statistics 5605, 1 or 2 Elective Courses, Statistics 5095 (1 credit)

Additional Rules:

STAT 5095 can only be registered for once. It may be taken during a summer or regular semester for a part-time internship (1 credit) or full-time internship (3 credits).

International students must consult with Uconn International Student & Scholar Services for visa rules and university requirements.

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