Earning the M.S. Degree Online

The Master of Science (MS) degree in statistics is currently offered online to students who have already taken STAT 520, STAT 530, STAT 525, STAT 540, STAT 605 and STAT 640. New students will not be able to start this degree by distance, but may pursue the MAS degree. The MS and MAS degrees are the same as those earned by our resident instruction students. (For information on the on campus MS program, click here.)

Credit Requirements: Thirty-four credits of advanced statistical theory, probability, methods, and data analysis, including linear and generalized linear models, time series, stochastic processes, sampling, design, biostatistics, spatial and environmental statistics, Bayesian methods, computing, and other topics.

Prerequisites: The math prerequisites for the MS program include Calculus I, II & III, Linear Algebra and Advanced Calculus (an introductory course in real analysis). The skills learned in these courses are used extensively in our coursework. There are some distance options for taking the math prerequisites. Please contact Dr. Jana Anderson for recommendations. Note: 3-6 credits of undergraduate statistics as, well as some computer programming experience, are also recommended.

Time to Completion of MS 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 more than one course per semester if you have a job, a family, or a life. Therefore we recommend taking only one course at a time. Click here for further comments about pace. On-campus students--devoting 40-60 hours/week to their studies--typically finish the MS degree in 2-3 years. Thus, you can estimate how much longer it might take your part-time effort. At the pace of one course in autumn, one in spring, and zero in summer, you will complete the degree in five years. Or, if you choose to take one course in autumn, one in spring, and one in summer you will be able to finish in three and half years. [These timelines assume that you will take the one credit courses (STAT 501 and STAT 586) concurrently with another course.]

Note: Since we are in the process of ending our online offering of this degree program (and starting up the distance offering of our MAS program), students are advised to stay in close contact with Jana Anderson regarding timing of coursework.

Degree Requirements: When planning the coursework for your study please follow these guidelines:

Note regarding admission: We strongly recommend that students apply for admission to the MS program soon after taking STAT 520. STAT 540 will be offered by distance for the last time in Fall 2012. Students must take STAT 540 by that time to be able to continue pursuing the MS degree by distance. Please contact Dr. Jana Anderson if you have questions in this regard.

Click here to request more information about the program.


Contact the Statistics Department Online Learning Program Office:

Phone: (970) 491-5268

Fax: (970) 491-1084

Email: stats_ddp@mail.colostate.edu

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Jana Anderson, Director of Online Learning