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These days, interpretation of data is an integral part of every field. Think of government officials, engineers, scientists, businessmen, educators, social scientists, lawyers, and those in the medical sciences, all of whom must be able to collect, analyze, and interpret data in order to present intelligible information! A graduate degree in Statistics will allow you to work in any industry you wish! The master’s degree program in Statistics offers a wide variety of courses in the late afternoon and evening hours to meet the needs of both full time students and busy professionals!


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Master of Science in Statistics

Admission Requirements

Application Checklist

Program Description

The Department of Statistics began offering a masters degree program in Statistics in the fall term of 2000. Applications for admission into this program are now being accepted at FIUs Office of Admissions. Teaching assistantships are available on a competitive basis. Applications for assistantships are made directly to the Graduate Committee of the Department of Statistics




The Master of Science in Statistics at FIU is primarily an applied statistics program, which offers a balance of statistical theory, statistical methodology, and, through electives, an area of application concentration in the fields of Biostatistics/Environmetrics or Reliability Analysis.


The program offers a thesis option and a non-thesis option. Regardless of the concentration or thesis option, the program requires a total of 36 credit hours as follows: a core of six courses (18 hrs), a concentration area of four (elective) courses (12 hrs), and either a thesis (6 hrs) or two additional elective courses (6 hrs) and a comprehensive examination.



To be admitted into the program, applicants must meet the universitys graduate admission requirements and the following departmental requirements:

1. Bachelors degree in statistics, mathematics, or applied mathematics from an accredited university or college. A bachelors degree in some other discipline is also acceptable provided the applicant has a suitable mathematics background.

2. A 3.0 or higher (on a 4-point scale) GPA in mathematics and statistics courses.

3. Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicants academic qualifications.

4. Approval of the departmental graduate committee.


THE CURRICULUM (36 hrs total)

Core Courses (18 hrs)

STA 6244 Data Analysis I

STA 6247 Data Analysis II

STA 6326 Mathematical Statistics I

STA 6327 Mathematical Statistics II

STA 5206 Design of Experiments

STA 6246 Linear Models

Concentration Area (12 hrs)

Students interested in a concentration in Biostatistics/Environmetrics must select two courses from List A and two track-related electives. At least one of these electives must be from outside the department.

Students interested in a concentration in Reliability Analysis/Quality Control must select two courses from List B and two track-related electives. At least one of these electives must be from outside the department.

All elective courses must be approved by the graduate advisor.


List A: Biostatistics/Environmetrics

STA 6176 Biostatistics

STA 6678 Environmental Statistics

STA 5826 Stochastic Processes


        List B: Reliability Analysis/Quality Control

STA 5676 Reliability Engineering

STA 5666 Advanced Quality Control

STA 5826 Stochastic Processes


List C: Elective Statistics Courses

STA 5207 Topics in Design of Experiments

STA 5236 Regression Analysis

STA 5507 Nonparametric Methods

STA 5906 Independent Study

STA 6505 Analysis of Categorical Data

STA 6807 Queueing and Statistical Models

STA 6940 Supervised Statistical Consulting

STA 7707 Multivariate Methods I

STA 7708 Multivariate Methods II


Elective Courses from Outside of the Department

Elective courses from outside of the department must be approved by the graduate advisor.


Thesis Option (6 hrs):

Students opting to write thesis must enroll in STA 6971 Thesis Research and STA 6972 Masters Thesis (6 credit hours total).


Non-Thesis Option (6 hrs):

Students who opt not to write a thesis must take two additional elective courses selected from List C or from outside of the department. These courses must be approved by the graduate advisor.



1.  Completion of all coursework as follows: a grade of B or higher in each core course, a grade of C or higher in each concentration or elective course, and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in all courses.

2.  A candidate who opts to write a thesis must successfully defend the thesis orally and have the written document approved by his/her thesis committee.

3.  A candidate who chooses the non-thesis option must take and pass a comprehensive examination.

4.  Students must follow all regulations of the University′s Division of Graduate Studies.



For more information, please contact the Graduate Committee.  







Department of Statistics, Florida International University, 11200 SW 8th Street, Miami, Florida 33199
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