The MS in Statistics is a popular degree as either a terminal degree or together with a doctorate in another field. Visit the Admissions pages for instructions on applying to add this degree.
Starting in Fall 2013 a Stats MS Data Science subplan is offered as a focused track within the current MS program in Statistics and ICME (Stanford Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering). See the Data Science page for curriculum requirements and further details.
The department requires that the student take 45 units of work from offerings in the Department of Statistics or from authorized courses in other departments. Of these 45 units, eight statistics courses from the list of required courses must be taken for a letter grade. The mathematics and programming requirements must also be taken for a letter grade. The Statistics elective courses may be taken for a letter grade or Credit/No Credit.
Units for a given course may not be counted to meet the requirements of more than one degree, with the exception that up to 45 units of a Stanford M.A. or M.S. degree may be applied to the residency requirement for the Ph.D., D.M.A. or Engineer degrees. (GAP 3.2)
For example, students who have already taken STATS 116 and have counted it toward their undergraduate or another Master's degree should discuss with their adviser a choice of a suitable replacement course.
An overall 3.0 grade point average (GPA) is required.
The Master's Program Proposal is to be submitted by the student to the major department's student services administrator prior to the end of the first quarter of enrollment in the program. A revised program proposal must be submitted if your degree plans change.
There is no thesis requirement.
Masters Program Proposal Form (PDF)
Department seminars are an integral part of the program and provide an opportunity to interact with leading academic and industry speakers. Students cannot count more than a total 6 units of the following toward the master's degree requirements: Stats 260ABC (Workshop in Biostatistics), Stats 298* (Industrial Research), Stats 299 (Independent Study), Stats 390 (Consulting Workshop), toward the master's degree requirements.
* International students will need to apply for CPT if they intend to work off-campus while in the U.S. For eligibility rules and procedures, please see: Curricular Practical Training (F-1) - Stats 298 enrollment instructions: step 4
Courses below 200 level are generally not acceptable, with the following exceptions:
With the advice of the master's program advisers, each student selects his or her own set of electives and pace of study.
All requirements for the Statistics master's degree, including the coterminal master's degree, must be completed within three years of their first quarter of graduate standing.
Ordinarily, four or five quarters are needed to complete all requirements. Students who do not complete all requirements within three years of admission will have their program terminated.
Honors Cooperative students must finish within five years.
Examples of program completion:
The time limit is not automatically extended by a student's leave of absence. All requests for extension, whether prompted by a leave or some other circumstance, must be filed by the student before the conclusion of the program's time limit. Departments are not obliged to grant an extension. The maximum extension is one additional year. Extensions require review of academic progress and any other factors regarded as relevant by the department, and approval by the department; such approval is at the department's discretion. http://exploredegrees.stanford.edu/graduatedegrees/#masterstext
Students' academic progress is monitored by a faculty advisor.
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Students with a master's degree have found employment in industry, health and medicine, government and business, or have completed further study toward a PhD (at Stanford or another institution).
ASA Job Search: http://www.amstat.org/jobweb/
The book 101 Careers in Mathematics(3rd Ed.), published by the Mathematical Association of America. The essays in this volume describe more than 101 careers for which a background in the mathematical sciences.