USC Catalogue 20182019 [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 adviserapproved courses
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 end of the fall 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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