Master of Statistics (MStat) Degree

Program Learning Outcomes for the MStat Degree 

Upon completing the MStat degree, students will be able to:

  1. Master fundamental theory in probability and statistics.
  2. Become familiar with a broad range of statistical methods for applications.
  3. Become proficient at statistical computing.
  4. Develop effective communication skills as a professional statistician.

Requirements for the MStat Degree 

The MStat degree is a non-thesis master's degree. For general university requirements, please see Non-Thesis Master's Degrees. Students pursuing the MStat degree must complete:

  • A minimum of 30 credit hours of approved coursework at the 500-level or above.

Areas of Specialization:

  • Bioinformatics, Statistical Genetics, and Biostatistics 
  • Environmental Statistics 
  • Financial Statistics and the Statistics of Risk
  • Statistical Computing and Data Mining 

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the MSTAT Degree30

Degree Requirements

Core Requirements 1
STAT 518PROBABILITY3
STAT 519STATISTICAL INFERENCE3
STAT 605R FOR DATA SCIENCE3
STAT 615REGRESSION AND LINEAR MODELS3
STAT 616ADVANCED STATISTICAL METHODS3
Areas of Specialization 2
Select 5 from the following areas of specialization:15
Bioinformatics, Statistical Genetics, and Biostatistics
GLM & CATEGORICAL DATA ANALYSIS
SURVIVAL ANALYSIS
BIOSTATISTICS
PROBABILITY IN BIOINFORMATICS AND GENETICS
Environmental Statistics
ENVIRONMENTAL RISK ASSESSMENT & HUMAN HEALTH
ENVIRONMENTAL STATISTICS AND DECISION MAKING
Financial Statistics and the Statistics of Risk
APPLIED TIME SERIES AND FORECASTING
QUANTITATIVE FINANCIAL ANALYTICS
MARKET MODELS
Statistical Computing and Data Mining
BAYESIAN STATISTICS
MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS
SIMULATION
STATISTICAL MACHINE LEARNING
Elective Requirements
Students should complete their remaining coursework from electives in their targeted area of interest. 3
Total Credit Hours30

Footnotes and Additional Information 

Policies for the MStat Degree

Department of Statistics Graduate Program Handbook

For more detailed information regarding the MStat degree program policies, please see Statistics department's Graduate Handbook, which can be found here: http://gradhandbooks.rice.edu/2017_18/Statistics_Graduate_Handbook.pdf

Program Restrictions and Exclusions

Students pursuing this degree should be aware of the following program restriction:

  • Courses comprising the 30-credit hour requirement shall not be taken or completed on a pass/fail grading basis.

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities.

For additional information, please see the Statistics website: https://statistics.rice.edu/

Opportunities for the MStat Degree

For additional information, please see the Statistics website: https://statistics.rice.edu/