The M.S. in statistics at UAF was originally designed in collaboration with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to supply well-trained biometricians. A quarter century later, our statistics master’s program continues to offer unique opportunities to work with other departments and programs that relate to our location in the Arctic — wildlife biology and fisheries, in particular.

All graduate courses in statistics are offered in hybrid format, and you can complete the degree entirely online — working full- or part-time. Most of our students also take part in teaching (or research) assistantships, which provide a stipend and tuition credits.

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Why Study Statistics at UAF?

Earn your master’s degree in statistics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and discover one-of-a-kind opportunities for cross-disciplinary learning and research. If you’re looking for broad learning options in the context of a small, personalized program, you’re in the right place.

Get valuable experience with real-world equipment and systems

  • UAF is strong in biology, wildlife, fisheries and environmental engineering, and has strong connections with state and federal agencies that employ biometricians. Our statistics master’s program in particular has excellent connections with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the institutional research branch of UAF, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife.

Work with faculty in diverse research areas

  • All of our faculty are active in research and have experience in many applied areas in statistics (including biology, wildlife, fisheries, petroleum and mining engineering, among many others). Areas of research expertise include measurement error models, nonparametric statistics,  Bayesian modeling, and spatial statistics. Learn more about research in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

Pay your tuition through teaching assistantships

  • Many of our statistics and mathematics students are supported via teaching assistantships that include full tuition and a stipend for living expenses. These opportunities, which are available on a competitive basis, are a great way to complete your M.S. in statistics degree without creating student loan debt.



What Can You Do With a Statistics Master’s Degree?

With a projected growth rate of 33% over the next decade, mathematician and statistician jobs are some of the fastest growing careers in the nation. From marketing, to finance, to scientific research and development, your expertise in statistics and data analysis will open a wide range of professional opportunities. Earning your master’s degree will give you even more of a professional edge.

Our M.S. in statistics graduates include research statisticians and data analysts; statisticians and biometricians; teachers and university professors; and university data analysts who conduct institutional research. Many work here in Alaska, with agencies such as the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife. Some also go on to earn doctoral degrees at prestigious universities.




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