This graduate certificate trains students in data analysis and statistical methodology. Also, 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.
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.
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.
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|
|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|
|Survey Sampling I 2|
|Survey Sampling II|
STAT 535 is the prerequisite for all other courses besides STAT 574 and STAT 674. A student with sufficient background in statistics may seek a waiver of the STAT 535 prerequisite from the appropriate course instructor.
Enrollment in STAT 574 requires special permission from the course instructor.
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: 1||9|
|Applied Statistics I|
|Survey Sampling I|
|Applied Statistics II|
|Time Series Analysis and Forecasting|
|Multivariate Statistical Methods|
|Statistical Graphics and Data Exploration I|
|Categorical Data Analysis|
|Survey Sampling II|
All of these certificate courses may be used for credit toward the Statistical Science, MS.
|Select 3 credits of electives from STAT courses numbered 500-775||3|