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 We offer four very distinct programs of study for our graduate students. 

DOCTORATE IN STATISTICS

Offering advanced exploration and investigation of the theory and applications of mathematics and statistics.  If you choose to emphasize statistical theory you might pursue an academic career in research or teaching.  An emphasize statistics applications could lead to a career in government or industry.

MASTERS PROGRAMS

Students interested in pursuing a Master's program have two options available.  The basic differences in each program are highlighted to help you choose the right program for you.
For more information on either of these programs click on your program choice.

M.S. / Ph.D.Master of Applied Statistics

Emphasis

Statistical Theory
and Applications
Statistical Applications only
*No substantial research component

Career
Goals

Preparation for Ph.D.,
Research oriented Career
in Academics, government
or industry

Practical application of
Statistics in government or
industry

Financial
Support

Generally includes some
level of financial support

No financial support provided

Application
Process

Major: Statistics
Degree: MS

Major: Applied Statistics
Degree: M A S

 
GRADUATE MINOR IN STATISTICS

Provides a broad perspective on the fundamentals that will demonstrate capability in statistics and add depth to study in many disciplines.

Operations Research (OR)

Operations Research is the use of scientific methodology in the formulation, analysis, and solution of problems in decision making. It draws on techniques from many fields, including economics, mathematics, and engineering. Students with a strong interest in operations research techniques can apply for an Operations Research Dual-title degree, such as a Dual Master degree in OR, Dual Ph.D. degree in OR, and Minor Ph.D. degree in OR. Interested students must submit an application for admission to the Chair of the OR Program and meet the necessary course requirements. Relevant information can be found at: http://www.or.psu.edu/.