College of Natural Science and Mathematics
Department of Mathematical Sciences
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B.S., M.S. Degree

Minimum Requirements for Degree: 30 credits

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Statistics is a collection of methods and theories used to make decisions or estimate unknown quantities from incomplete information. Statistical techniques are useful, for example, in estimating plant, animal and mineral abundances; forecasting social, political and economic trends; planning field plot experiments in agriculture; performing clinical trials in medical research; and maintaining quality control in industry. Employment opportunities are excellent for statisticians in many of these areas.

The M.S. degree program in statistics builds upon UAF's strength in the sciences and our setting in Alaska by introducing a strong quantitative alternative or supplement to existing programs. The curriculum is built around four statistics core courses and flexibility in selection of elective courses. The core courses are designed to blend mathematical statistics course work typical of most M.S. programs in statistics with real applications. We believe this blending provides a substantial improvement in the graduate's skills.

Graduates of this program could be labeled quantitative biologists, biometricians, quantitative geologists, geostatisticians, or mathematical statisticians depending upon their specific course work. In addition, this program prepares individuals for Ph.D. level work in statistics or their area of application.

The statistics program is administered by the Department of Mathematical Sciences.

Graduate Program--M.S. Degree

  1. Complete the following admission requirement:
    1. Submit three letters of recommendation concerning the applicant's educational background and quantitative training.
    2. Submit complete transcripts for all college-level work.
    3. Submit a resume.
    4. Submit a written statement of goals.
    5. Submit GRE scores.
    6. The applicant must have completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of at least 3.0.
    7. Must have completed the following courses or their equivalent with a B grade or better: full calculus sequence (MATH 200, 201, 202); or students completing MATH 262 or 272 must take MATH 201 and 202 before acceptance; and a course in linear algebra (MATH 314), at least one introductory statistics or probability course (STAT 200, 300 or MATH 371, 408). Students lacking MATH 314 may be accepted on probation.
  2. Complete the general university requirements.
  3. Complete the master's degree requirements.
  4. Complete the following statistics (core) courses:
    STAT 651--Statistical Theory I 3 credits
    STAT 652--Statistical Theory II 4 credits
    STAT 653--Statistical Theory III--Linear Models 3 credits
    STAT 654--Statistical Consulting Seminar 1 credit
    STAT 698--Project 6 credits
  5. Complete 2 of the following courses:
    STAT 461--Applied Multivariate Statistics 3 credits
    STAT 602--Experimental Design 3 credits
    STAT 605--Spatial Statistics 3 credits
    STAT 631--Categorical Data analysis 3 credits
    STAT 661--Sampling Theory 3 credits
    STAT 611--Time Series 3 credits
  6. Complete at least 6 credits of approved courses from an application area or courses with substantial statistical and/or mathematical content.*
  7. Minimum credits required 30

    * Examples of courses for specific areas of concentration include: Wildlife WLF 621, 625; Fisheries FISH 601, 602, 621, 622, 625; mathematics MATH 641, 660 or other 600-level MATH course.

    Note: Each student must take and pass a three-part comprehensive exam. The first part, written by the statistics faculty, is a written exam (not a take-home exam) covering the material in the core statistics courses. The second part is a take-home exam covering the student's area of application. The last part is an oral exam covering any material from courses the student has taken along with their project.