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MS in Statistics

The M.S. in Statistics has become an exceedingly popular degree as either a terminal degree or together with a doctorate in another field. Visit the MS Admissions pages on this site for applicant eligibility and requirements.

Statistics Program Summary

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.

Students must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (or better) for courses used to fulfill degree requirements and classes must be taken at the 200 level or higher. No thesis is required.

All students are expected to abide by the Honor Code and the Fundamental Standard.

 

University Milestone: Program Proposal

The Master's Program Proposal is to be submitted by the student to the department's student services administrator prior to adviser approval.

The proposal form is due before the end of the first quarter of enrollment in the program. The department reserves the right to place an enrollment hold on future quarters for those who do not return an acceptable proposal form by this deadline.

A revised program proposal must be submitted if your degree plans change. There is no thesis requirement.

Masters Program Proposal Form 2017-18

Masters Program Proposal Form 2018-19

 

Coursework

Courses below 200 level are generally not acceptable, with the following exceptions:

  • Stats: 116, 191
  • Math: 104, 113, 115, 151, 171, 180 
  • CS: 106A, 106B, 106X, 140-181

Meeting program requirements, at most, one of these two courses may be counted:

  • Math 104 or Math 113

With the advice of the master's program advisers, each student selects his or her own set of electives and pace of study.

 

Length of the Program

All requirements for the Statistics master's degree, including the coterminal master's degree, must be completed within three years of the 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 Program students must finish within five years.

 

Examples of program completion:

  • Normal load (15-18 months - more common scenarios)September-June, September-December or March; This allows for greater flexibility in choosing electives and a lighter course load in the last quarter (which can then be dedicated to job interviewing).
  • Normal load (12 months)September-August; 3-4 courses per quarter for 4 quarters, including one summer quarter
  • Accelerated load (9 months - not typical)September-June; typically 5 courses per quarter for 3 quarters

 

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. Degree-specific requirements for master's degrees are described fully in the Stanford Bulletin.

 

ADMISSIONS QUESTIONS: Please visit our list of frequently asked questions. Do not email faculty or staff regarding application status or eligibility and assessment. Such requests will be discarded. Do not email unsolicited documents to Statistics administrators or faculty.

The individuals listed below are advisers for current, matriculated Masters students. Individuals who are not affiliated with Stanford are prohibited from emailing program advisers.

Masters Program Advisers

Students' academic progress is monitored by a faculty adviser.

2018-2019 Advisers:

Students whose last name starts with A - J

Sourav Chatterjee
Contact info: souravc@
Office hours: Fridays - 1:30-3:30pm
Location: Sequoia Hall room 108

Students whose last name starts with K - L

Richard Olshen
Contact info: olshen@
Office hours: by appointment
Location: Sequoia Hall room 228

Students whose last name starts with M - S

Tengyu Ma
Contact info: tengyuma@
Office hours: by appointment
Location: Sequoia Hall room 241

Students whose last name starts with T - Z

Tze Lai
Contact info: lait@
Office hours: Thursdays, 5:15-6:30pm
Location: Sequoia Hall room 207