F.A.Q. - Choosing Programs, Online Classes and Schedules


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What are my degree options?

We offer the Master of Applied Statistics (MAS) degree, as well as two certificate programs, the Certificate in Data Analysis and the Certificate in Theory and Applications of Regression Models. If you would like to take a course without seeking a specific degree, you are welcome to register for any of the courses that we offer, provided you have the necessary prerequisites, as well as permission to register for STAA courses. Prerequisites for all courses are enforced and are listed on the Distance Course Descriptions page. You should contact Jana Anderson if you have questions about prerequisites.

What courses are being offered now/next?

Schedule of Online Courses

What course should I take next?

Please use the list of course requirements for the MAS, Certificate in Data Analysis and Certificate in Theory and Applications of Regression Models, as well as our Schedule of Statistics Online Course Offerings and the prerequisites listed on our Statistics Course Descriptions to help you plan your classes. You may also contact Jana Anderson for course recommendations.

If I'm not pursuing the master's degree or a certificate, what is the best course to enhance my statistical training?

See the Non-Degree page or contact Jana Anderson.

How much time should I expect to devote to a class?

The CSU general catalog says "students should expect that each credit hour will require approximately three hours of effort per week". Since our classes are at the graduate level, some courses might require more. Keep in mind that STAA courses are compressed into 8 weeks, rather than 16 and will, therefore, require approximately six hours of effort per week. Fulltime resident instruction MAS students will generally take 14 credits of coursework per semester. These students typically are not employed!

How long will it take me to earn my certificate?

A certificate requires 10 credits. Most students will complete a certificate in 2-3 semesters depending on which courses they take and whether they are able to study during summer term. There are 3 terms per academic year: fall, spring, and summer, though most of our courses are offered during the Fall and Spring semesters.

Will I be provided with a physical certificate and/or have a notation on my transcript once all course requirements are completed?

You will receive a physical certificate signed by the Statistics Department Chair. The courses you have completed are recorded on an official transcript, identical to the transcripts issued to on- campus students. The transcript will not have a notation about the certificate issued.

How long will it take me to earn the MAS degree?

We prefer to see you finish as quickly as you can, but our overriding concern is to ensure that you successfully complete the degree even if it requires a slower pace. Experience has shown that it can be very difficult to take a regular load of graduate level coursework if you have a job, a family, or other important commitments. In those cases, we recommend taking no more than 7-8 credits per semester, though some students will want to only take 3-4 credits. On-campus students--devoting 40-60 hours/week to their studies--will be able to finish the MAS degree in 11 months. At the rate of 7-8 credits per term, plus 3 credits in the final summer term, distance students can expect to complete the MAS in less than 2 years. It may be possible to draw the MAS out to 4-5 years, if a student has a limited amount of time for coursework.

What if my priorities change while pursuing the MAS degree?

Then you should consider our Certificate in Theory and Applications of Regression Models. The classes you have already taken for the MAS are likely to qualify you for this certificate, thus providing you with a symbol of your accomplishments that you can proudly cite to employers.

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