This professional program is targeted at upgrading the skills of practitioners. The federal statistical system is a complex data collection and analysis system that requires a wide variety of multidisciplinary skills for its maintenance. The federal statistics certificate is intended to respond to the need for broad training in statistics, survey methods, and data analysis, including graphics and data visualization. The program is extremely flexible and can be tailored to the needs of students within the federal statistical sector. It is also intended to be responsive to the needs of those in state and local governments, and those in the private sector involved in the collection, interpretation, or statistical analysis of federal data.
The graduate certificate may only be pursued on a part-time basis.
Potential candidates must hold a bachelor's degree and have taken at least two courses in calculus and one course in calculus-based probability and statistics. These minimal course requirements are normally satisfied by students who have successfully completed courses equivalent to the following Mason courses: MATH 113 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core), MATH 114 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II, and STAT 344 Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I. Candidates must also be computer literate. Applicants typically have degrees in such fields as sociology, economics, engineering, mathematics, statistics, and business. Candidates should inquire with the department's graduate coordinator for information on program planning. Courses are offered in late afternoon and evening and are particularly suitable for part-time students.
Total credits: 12
Some courses may have prerequisites beyond minimal admission requirements for which students must qualify or seek a waiver from the appropriate instructor.
The certificate courses build the foundations of statistical analysis and survey methods.
|Select 9 credits from the following list: 1||9|
|Analysis of Experimental Data 2|
|Applied Statistics I 2|
|Survey Sampling I|
|Applied Statistics II|
|Analysis of Variance|
|Multivariate Statistical Methods|
|Statistical Graphics and Data Exploration I|
|Categorical Data Analysis|
|Survey Sampling II|
|Select 3 credits of electives from STAT courses numbered 500-775||3|