This graduate certificate trains students in data analysis and statistical methodology. It provides a clear record of additional instruction in statistics for future graduate programs or employers.

The General Concentration is intended to complement PhD and MS programs outside the Department of Statistics. It is also intended to be responsive to the needs of those who teach or work in government/ industry and want to increase their knowledge of statistics. The certificate emphasizes the application of statistical tools, not theory.   As such, there are no required prerequisite math courses, although one semester of calculus is strongly recommended.

The Federal Statistics Concentration is targeted at upgrading the skills of current 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.


General Concentration

Applicants should have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution, with a minimum overall GPA of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale). No specific undergraduate degree is required.  Applicants are expected to have basic computer literacy. Successful completion of an undergraduate course in statistics is required for admission. One semester of calculus is strongly recommended.

Federal Statistics Concentration

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.


For policies governing all graduate certificates, see AP.6.8 Requirements for Graduate Certificates.

Banner Code: EC-CERG-ASTA

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 12

This certificate may be pursued on a part-time basis only.

Concentration in General (GEN)


Select 12 credits from the following list:12
Applied Statistics and Visualization for Analytics
Experimental Design
Applied Multivariate Statistics
Nonparametric Statistics and Categorical Data Analysis
Applied Regression Analysis
Introduction to Statistical Software Packages
Analysis of Experimental Data 1
Topics in Applied Statistics
Biostatistical Methods
Survey Sampling I 2
Survey Sampling II
Total Credits12

Concentration in Federal Statistics (FSS)

Some courses may have prerequisites beyond minimal admission requirements for which students must qualify or seek a waiver from the course instructor.


Select 9 credits from the following list: 19
Applied Probability
Applied Statistics I
Biostatistical Methods
Survey Sampling I
Applied Statistics II
Nonparametric Statistics
Time Series Analysis and Forecasting
Multivariate Analysis and Statistical Learning
Statistical Graphics and Data Exploration I
Categorical Data Analysis
Survey Sampling II
Total Credits9


Select 3 credits of electives from STAT courses numbered 500-7753
Total Credits3