Statistics, MS

College of Arts & Sciences

Program Description:

Concentration: Applied Statistics.

The Master of Science degree student should have taken introductory statistics, linear algebra and a calculus sequence including multivariable calculus. Promising students lacking an adequate undergraduate background may be admitted to the graduate program but are required to remove undergraduate deficiencies.


Admission Requirements:

      The Master of Science in Statistics degree is awarded under either:

Plan I: 26 credit  hours and 6 credit hours of thesis (thesis option), or 
Plan II: 32 credit hours (non-thesis option).

There is no minor requirement. At least 18 credit hours (Plan I) or 24 credit hours (Plan II) of the program must be in the department. Knowledge of a foreign language is not required. The following courses are required for all students: STAT 561, 540, 545, and 553. Students must take a minimum of 14 elective credit hours for Plan I or 20 elective credit hours for Plan II. These courses are approved by the student’s faculty advisor. Students planning to pursue a Ph.D. should elect Plan II and are encouraged to include MATH 510, 563, and STAT 546 in their program.

NOTE: MATH 501 and 502 cannot be counted toward credit hours needed for graduate degrees in Mathematics or Statistics.


Career Opportunities:

  Conduct research in fundamental mathematics or in application of mathematical techniques to science, management, and other fields. Solve or direct solutions to problems in various fields by mathematical methods.  A bachelor's degree is the minimum formal education required. However, many employers also require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree). 


Contact Information:

Ana Parra Lombard: Coordinator, Program Advisement
(505) 277-5250
alombard@unm.edu