Statistical Science, MS
Department of Statistics
Nguyen Engineering Building, 1705
4400 University Drive, MS 4A7
Fairfax, VA 22030
The statistical science MS trains students in the theory and practice of statistical methodology, particularly as it relates to high-technology applications. Statistical science is regarded as one of the oldest and most successful information technology (IT) subjects. It focuses on the conversion of raw data into information. Coursework emphasizes applied statistics, applied probability, and statistical inference, with elective options in mathematics, operations research, and others. The program prepares students for careers in research as well as in industry and government, for positions such as statistician, data scientist, or biostatistician.
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Graduates with a master's in statistics from the Volgenau School of Engineering are prepared to address the technically rigorous demands of a career as a statistician. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth is expected at a very high rate of 27 percent in the next 10 years due to changes and advancement in data collection techniques and applications. Statisticians are interested in the theory and design of data collection, analysis, and application. There are a variety of fields with a demand for highly-trained statisticians, including biosciences, engineering, education, and psychology.