MA in Statistics
The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers a professionally oriented Master’s of Arts degree program in statistics. The lively and versatile curriculum focuses on training that is applicable in the real world, and the program aims to prepare skillful statisticians for professional careers in industry.
The program includes an integrated lab component that emphasizes the practice of contemporary data analysis and exposes students to methods, software and theory commonly used in applications of statistics. The program requires courses specific to the area of statistics, and the student is required to finish 10 courses and two 1-credit capstone seminars for a total of 42 credits. An exit exam or final thesis is not required.
MA in Statistics
The MA is designed to provide students with a solid foundation of practical knowledge to work with applied statistics in depth, for future careers in the public and private sectors as statistical scientists, consultants, and engineers to manage and analyze data. The department emphasizes faculty guidance and support; there are regular seminars such as the annual Peter Hilton Memorial Lecture, where distinguished mathematicians and scholars are invited to discuss their research.
After You Graduate
Driven by the ever-greater reliance of businesses and governments on data, the demand for professionals with strong quantitative analytical skills is now higher than ever. In a recent study, the McKinsey Global Institute projects that by 2018 the United States will need 140,000 to 190,000 professional statisticians.
The United States Department of Labor also estimates the employment prospects in the field of statistics as growing much faster than average for all occupations. Program graduates will be trained to pursue careers in a variety of fields that require data-crunching and quantitative analysis. Well-trained statisticians and data scientists are employed in the following roles in a wide spectrum of industries:
- statistical consultants.
- risk managers.
- insurance actuaries.
- quants (and traders).
- production/manufacturing quality control managers.
- market researchers.
- sports statisticians.
- biomedical, biometrics, bioinformatics researchers.
- sociology researchers.
- psychology researchers.
- biostatisticians in the pharmaceutical industry.
- government statisticians (census).
Why Binghamton's Statistics Program?
- Binghamton University is rated a Best Buy and one of the premier public universities in the Northeast by Fiske Guide to Colleges, 2014.
- We have a rigorous core curriculum, which spans two years. Courses are taught by tenured and tenure-track faculty. Students receive personalized attention and assistance.
- We focus on hands-on experience analyzing real-world data sets with state-of-the-art statistical methods. Students are immersed in statistical computing, software and practical training throughout the entire course of study. Moreover, students will have the opportunity to sharpen their comprehension of the statistical methods and improve their communication skills.
- Working with the faculty and department, make connections with local industry and government.
- Students receive an affordable education in one of the top public universities. The cost of attendance is highly competitive, even for out-of-state and international students (#4 as the best value among the nation's public colleges for out-of-state students and #15 overall - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, 2014.).
- The beautiful upstate New York campus is welcoming and diversified. We attract outstanding students and faculty from all over the world who are partners in active discovery.
Who Should Apply?
Individuals wishing to improve their quantitative, data analytics and data mining skills in order to advance their careers are welcome to apply. Applicants should have a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) background or a background in a quantitative-oriented field such as finance, accounting, business or management.
To be eligible for a graduate study, you must:
- Provide a complete set of your undergraduate (and, if applicable, graduate) transcripts showing one of the following:
- You have earned a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university.
- You are within one academic year of earning a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university.
- You are eligible to apply as part of a memorandum of understanding between your current institution and Binghamton University.
- Have earned, at a minimum, one of the following:
- A 3.0 GPA over your entire undergraduate career
- A 3.0 GPA during your last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits of your undergraduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail")
- A 3.0 GPA in a graduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail")
- In consideration of the different grading scales used around the world, each academic department evaluates international transcripts to determine on a case-by-case basis whether they demonstrate one of the above requirements.
To apply, you must submit the following materials. For general guidelines for these materials, see the Admission Requirements website.
- Online graduate degree application with graduate degree application fee.
- Transcripts from each college or university that you have attended.
- Personal statement of 2 to 3 pages describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to the graduate admissions committee.
- Résumé or curriculum vitae.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- Official GRE scores.
International students must also submit the following materials.
For more information about these materials, see the International Students section of the Admission Requirements website.
- International Student Financial Statement (ISFS) form.
- Supporting financial documentation (such as bank statements, scholarship or sponsor letters, etc.).
- Proof of English proficiency (such as official TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Academic scores).
This information is subject to change. While we make every effort to update these program pages, we recommend that you contact the department with questions about program-specific requirements.
Fall: January 30 (Funding) / April 15
Spring: November 30
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