Sep 26, 2023  
USC Catalogue 2021-2022 
USC Catalogue 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

Statistics (MS)

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The object of this program is to provide academic instruction in statistical theory with a solid mathematical foundation while emphasizing applications to real world problems. Some probability theory is included to provide a rigorous foundation. The program is intended for individuals who are seeking or currently hold positions that involve statistical methodology and practice. A student may orient his or her course of study toward a particular field of application through appropriate selections from the program listings plus elective courses from other disciplines.

Course Requirements

Thirty units of course work are required, including:

And one from each of options A, B, C:

Plus at least 12 units of courses from the following categories, or additional courses approved by the adviser:

Biological Science

  • Course selected in consultation with an adviser Units: 4
Prerequisite Note:

*GSBA 548  is a prerequisite that may not be waived.


The following courses may not be used as electives for the degree:

DSO 401 , DSO 402 , DSO 510 , EE 503 , FBE 529 , FBE 540 , FBE 543 , MATH 505a  and MATH 505b  or MATH 507a  and MATH 507b  (other than the course used to satisfy Requirement A), MATH 525a  and MATH 525b , MATH 532 , MATH 574 , PPD 502x , PPD 525  and PPD 570 

Additional Requirements

Students may opt for a master’s thesis (and registration in MATH 594a , MATH 594b ) or a written examination covering material from MATH 505a  or MATH 507a , and MATH 541a , MATH 541b . The examination will normally be given at the beginning of the fall and spring semester. Students must pass MATH 505a  or MATH 507a , and MATH 541a , MATH 541b  with a grade of B or higher. If a student receives a grade of B- or lower in any of these courses, the requirement can be waived upon passing the screening exam for the course at the master’s level or higher.

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