This graduate certificate 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 Systems 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.


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) and have taken at least one course in calculus and one course in linear algebra. 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) and MATH 203 Linear Algebra , or MATH 321 Abstract Algebra. Candidates must also be computer literate.


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

Banner Code: EC-CERG-FSSY

Formerly: EC-CERG-ASTA

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 12

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

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: 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 Visualization
Categorical Data Analysis
Survey Sampling II
Total Credits9

Certificate courses are eligible for credit toward the Statistical Science, MS in alignment with graduate academic polices under A.P.6.


Select 3 credits from the following:3
Special Topics
Applied Statistics and Visualization for Analytics
Experimental Design
Total Credits3