Master of Science in Statistics

The M.S. degree in Statistics is designed to provide individuals with the academic foundation needed to pursue doctoral studies; to prepare competent statisticians who are equipped to accept responsibilities in business, industry, and public service positions; and to present a supplemental graduate program for students specializing in areas where statistics are readily used, such as social sciences, criminal justice, and the physical sciences. Core classes include mathematical statistics, regression analysis, multivariate analysis, and experimental design.

The SHSU Statistics program is widely respected across the state and beyond. Our graduates are sought after by top statistics Ph.D. programs nationwide. Others are employed as data analysts for major medical centers and pharmaceutical companies, as research scientists for marketing and banking firms, and as college instructors and professors

Mathematics Prerequisites

The prerequisites for the master's degree program in statistics consist of calculus series, linear algebra and calculus-based statistics.

Applicants who do not have all the prerequisites for full admission into the graduate program may be conditionally admitted and will be required to complete the prerequisite courses after entry into the program. Students should have completed all the prerequisite courses to be considered for teaching or graduate assistantships.

Program Breakdown

  • Catalog Entry: Master of Science (MS)
  • Length: 37 Credit Hours
  • Enrollment: Fall, Spring

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 1

Please note that application deadlines will occasionally change. Please contact your academic advisor (listed in the contact section) for confirmation on application deadlines.


Applicants seeking admission to the graduate program in Statistics must submit the following directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application fee
  3. Official transcript(s) of all previous college work
  4. Official GRE scores
  5. Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (for international applicants)
  6. Three letters of recommendation

An overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred for admission into the Statistics program. However, GPA and GRE scores do not constitute the primary criteria for admission. Based on a review of an applicant's undergraduate transcript, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics may require completion of undergraduate stem courses as a condition for admission.


The degree requires a minimum of thirty-seven hours of graduate credit. An oral comprehensive examination is administered by the advisory committee for each degree candidate. The oral examination must be scheduled with the Graduate Advisor at least three weeks in advance. Students must be enrolled the semester in which they take the comprehensive examination. Requirements specified in the degree plan are subject to minor modification by the department. Also, to ensure a balanced program, all electives must be approved by the graduate advisor or an authorized representative of the graduate Statistics faculty.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated November 2, 2018
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
37 hours
5,069 USD
Graduate - Texas Resident: Approximate Cost (12 Semester Hours); Graduate - Non-Resident: Approximate Cost (12 Semester Hours) $10,049
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