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.
Thirty units of course work are required, including:
Plus at least 12 units of adviser-approved courses
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.