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 more details, and curriculum requirements.
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. Units for a given course may not be counted to meet the requirements of more than one degree, that is, no units may be double-counted (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 advisor a choice of a suitable replacement course). An overall 2.75 grade point average (GPA) is required. Additional courses from the list of authorized electives may be used to complete the unit requirement. Because departments often change their offerings, please contact one of the master's advisors for approval of courses not on this list. Each student must also complete the mathematics and the programming requirements. Courses other than the eight required statistics courses may be taken for a letter grade or Credit/No Credit. There is no thesis requirement.
Department seminars are an integral part of the program and provide an opportunity to interact with leading academic and industry speakers. You cannot count more than six units of Stats 260ABC (Workshop in Biostatistics), Stats 298 (Industrial Research), Stats 390 (Consulting Workshop), Stats 299 (Independent Study) or Stats 399 (Research) toward the master's degree requirements.
Courses below 200 level are generally not acceptable, with the following exceptions:
With the advice of the masters advisors and of peer students, each student selects his/her own set of electives and pace of study. 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.
Students' academic progress is monitored by a faculty advisor.
Advisors for Autumn Quarter:
Advisors for Winter Quarter:
Advisors for Spring Quarter:
Students with a master's degree have found employment in industry, pharmaceuticals, government and business, or have completed further study toward a PhD (at Stanford or another institution).
The American Statistical Association, in conjunction with other statistical societies, has prepared a brochure, "Careers in Statistics", that can be obtained by writing to the ASA (1429 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-3402). The ASA also maintains a website, www.amstat.org, and the section on education and careers may be helpful.
The book 101 Careers in Mathematics, published by the Mathematical Association of America (P.O. Box 91112, Washington, DC 20090-1112; phone 1-800-331-1MAA; fax 1-301-206-9789) provides a description of careers in the mathematical sciences, and includes about ten careers in statistics. This book also includes an appendix that provides information about finding a job.