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The programs offer various tracks leading to the master's degrees in statistics. The traditional track is designed for students wishing to continue toward a Ph.D. in Statistics, either at UMBC or elsewhere.

The applications- oriented tracks are designed for students interested in master's degrees that will prepare them for employment in industry. Applications-oriented tracks are offered under the M.S. program in statistics to meet the educational needs of students who intend to obtain employment in industry and government. The program offers a track in Environmental Statistics and a track in Biostatistics.

The student should declare the intention to pursue a specific track soon after entering the M.S. program. Approval of a plan of study must be obtained from the department before the student starts taking courses toward satisfying the track requirements. Each entering student will have a program advisor who will help design a program meeting the degree requirements set forth below.

Traditional Track
Required Core Curriculum
(consisting of 12 credit-hours)
Stat 601:   Applied Statistics I
Stat 602:    Applied Statistics II
Stat 611:    Mathematical Statistics I
Stat 612:    Mathematical Statistics II
(Math 601 and Math 430 are highly recommended)
Plus one of the following two options:
Comprehensive Examination Option
Course requirements: A total of 30 credit-hours, including the core above. 
The candidate must pass the written comprehensive exam which is based on material from Stat 611, 612.
Thesis Option
Course requirements:  24 credit-hours, including the core above, plus Stat 799:  Master's Thesis (6 credit-hours).
The candidate must pass the oral thesis defense.


Applications-Oriented Tracks
(for students interested in a terminal MS degree and employment in industry and government)


Environmental Track
Required Core Curriculum
(consisting of 15 credit-hours)
Stat 601:   Applied Statistics I
Stat 602:    Applied Statistics II
Stat 651:    Mathematical Statistics I
Stat 653:    Mathematical Statistics II
Stat 614:    Environmental Statistics
Four additional Stat courses, two of which must be related to environmental statistics
Plus one of the following two options:
Comprehensive Examination Option
Course requirements: A total of 27 credit-hours, including the core above. 
Plus a Capstone Project (3 credit hours): Stat 699
The candidate must pass the written comprehensive exam on Stat 651/653.
Thesis Option
Course requirements:  24 credit-hours, including the core above, plus Stat 799:  Master's Thesis (6 credit-hours).
The candidate must pass the oral thesis defense.


Biostatistics Track (joint program with UMB)
Required Core Curriculum
(consisting of 18 credit-hours)
Stat 651:   Basic Probability
Stat 653:   Basic Mathematical Statistics
Stat 601:   Applied Statistics I
Prev 600:  Principles of Epidemiology
Two of the following three:
Stat 602:   Applied Statistics II
Stat 603:   Categorical Data Analysis
Stat 619:   Biostatistics: Princples and Design
Three additional courses, one of which must be at UMB
Plus one of the following two options:
Comprehensive Examination Option
Course requirements: A total of 27 credit-hours, including the core above. 
Plus a Capstone Project (3 credit hours): Stat 699 or Prev 789
The candidate must pass the written comprehensive exam on Stat 651/653.
Thesis Option
Course requirements:  24 credit-hours, including the core above, plus Stat 799:  Master's Thesis (6 credit-hours).
The candidate must pass the oral thesis defense.

MS Stat:
Graduate Catalog: Applied Math
Graduate Catalog: Stat
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