Master of Science in Statistics
The Statistics Program offers biostatistics, statistics, and probability courses for the entire University community along with traditional degree programs and individually designed degree programs emphasizing statistics applied to other fields. The degree programs are designed primarily for students who plan careers in business, actuarial science, industry, and government or advanced training in disciplines that make extensive use of statistical principles and methods. The Program faculty is deeply involved in consulting and collaborative research in a wide variety of fields, including industry, agriculture and in the basic and clinical medical sciences. These research activities along with the research of other quantitative UVM faculty offer students unique opportunities to apply their classroom training to "real world" problems.
Qualified students with the goal of learning statistics to use in a specialized area of application are especially encouraged to take advantage of these cooperative arrangements.
Program faculty have active statistics research efforts in areas such as bioinformatics, sequential analysis, three stage sampling, time series analysis, survival data analysis, discriminant analysis, bootstrap methods, categorical data analysis, measurement error models, and experimental design. Students seeking the traditional graduate degree in statistics (along with course work in mathematics and computer science, if desired) have excellent opportunities to participate in the faculty's research. The Statistics Program has established an internship affiliation with the Vermont Department of Health. The internship program provides an excellent opportunity to interact with researchers from various disciplines on a variety projects.
Undergraduates at the University of Vermont are encouraged to consider the Accelerated Master's Program (AMP). Please contact Jeff Buzas, our Statistics Program Director, for further information about this opportunity.
Full-time graduate students in Statistics and Biostatistics at UVM typically take two years to complete their M.S. degree.
The department offers both a thesis option and a non-thesis option within the MS degree in Statistics.
Under both plans, students must have or acquire knowledge of the material in STAT 211 in addition to their required course work. Additional specific courses may be required depending on the student's background and interest. Other courses in statistics or related areas are selected with the approval of the student's advisor.
Under both plans, the student is expected to participate in the colloquium series and the Statistics Student Association Journal Club. The student must pass the comprehensive examination, which covers knowledge acquired in the core courses of the program.
Statistics and biostatistics as professional careers offer a wide variety of stimulating challenges and opportunities. Their appeal derives from the fact that they are mathematical sciences, with the rigor and beauty of that discipline, and that they are also intended to address problems of great importance to society.
Statisticians help solve incompletely specified problems by designing questionnaires, experiments or other studies to collect appropriate data. They also design the methods of data processing and statistical analysis, and finally interpret the results in order to take action. The statistician is often part of a team bringing his or her special expertise to bear on an issue to aid other scientists or management come to reasonable conclusions and make the appropriate decisions.
Job opportunities are excellent.
There a number of traditionally strong areas of need for statisticians and recently there has been a very wide recognition of the importance of statistics in the quality improvement efforts of American businesses and health care organizations as well as other institutions. Our own students have taken jobs with:
- Industry (e.g. computer manufacturing, research laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, quality control)
- Business (e.g. market and survey research)
- Federal and state agencies (e.g. Health Dept., Census Bureau, National Security Agency, Environmental Protection Agency, Social Service Agencies, U.S. Army)
- Health care organizations or medical colleges
Other graduates have continued on to medical school and graduate study in such fields as psychology, education, economics, epidemiology, public health, business administration or mechanical engineering, as well as doctoral programs in biostatistics and statistics.
Many of our students already have earned graduate degrees in other fields and view the additional statistics degree as a means of expanding their career opportunities.
The following are required for admission to our graduate programs in statistics or biostatistics.
- A baccalaureate degree
- Three semesters of calculus, through multivariable calculus (UVM MATH 021, 022, and 121 or equivalent)
- A course in matrix methods (UVM MATH 124 or equivalent)
- At least one course in statistics (such as UVM STAT 211). Certainly more background, in terms of formal coursework in statistics and/or experience with data analysis is highly desirable.
- GRE (Graduate Record Exam) - general test
It is possible to be admitted to our programs (but not to candidacy) if some of the course pre-requisites have not been satisfied. All pre-requisites must be completed prior to receiving the MS degree.
For international students taking the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), scores of at least 90 are required for admission, and at least 100 for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship. The Institution Code for test scores for UVM is 3920.
All applications must be completed online.
Applications will require three letters of recommendation, college transcripts, Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) scores, and TOEFL scores for those whose native language is not English.
Applicants whose files are complete by March 1 receive full consideration for admission and for financial support starting in the Fall Semester. The deadline for all other applicants is April 1. Typically, we don't consider admissions for the Spring Semester, although we do sometimes make an exception for highly qualified applicants that need to complete some of the prerequisites. Financial support is not available in such cases.
If English is not the applicant’s first language, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score is required. UVM requires a minimum band IELTS score of 6.5. and 7.0 for funding. For TOEFL see scores see attached chart. For information about test dates and sites for TOEFL, contact TOEFL ; and for IELTS, contact IELTS . If an international student has attended a U.S. institution for three or more years, the Office of Admissions may waive the requirement for TOEFL or IELTS scores on a case-by-case basis.
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