Master of Applied Statistics

Charts of applied statistics


Credits Required
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Watch our video about the Applied Statistics programs at Penn State World Campus.

Spotlight on the Faculty

Dr. James Rosenberger, Penn State and World Campus professor of statistics

Dr. James L. Rosenberger, professor of statistics at Penn State, has been elected vice president of the American Statistical Association (ASA), the world's largest community of statisticians.

A Master of Applied Statistics Degree Can Help Advance Your Career

The demand for trained statisticians continues to increase as the world becomes more dependent on predictive data and numerical reasoning. With a Master of Applied Statistics degree you can advance your career in almost any field, including education, science, technology, health care, government, or business.

To help you gain the necessary credentials to progress in this flourishing field, Penn State World Campus has partnered with Penn State's Eberly College of Science to offer an online professional Master of Applied Statistics degree. 

Why a Master of Applied Statistics Online at Penn State

If you handle data as a professional and want to conveniently study a wide range of statistical application areas, our online Master of Applied Statistics program could be for you. The online degree is based on the highly regarded resident program and taught by many of the same faculty. The requirements for both the online and resident Master of Applied Statistics programs are identical.

The expertly designed curriculum enables you to use industry-standard software such as Minitab, R, and SAS to improve your data analysis proficiency. In two to five years you can complete the degree, selecting from courses covering a variety of statistical applications areas, including:

  • data mining
  • predictive analytics
  • biostatistics techniques
  • statistical consulting

Students who successfully complete the master's program have the option to prepare for the SAS Base Programming Certification Exam, or to seek PStat® accreditation through the American Statistical Association as an Accredited Professional StatisticianTM.

Choose the Online Applied Statistics Graduate Program That Fulfills Your Goals

Penn State offers both a master's degree and a graduate certificate online in applied statistics.

Master of Applied Statistics
The master's program is designed to help you develop your data-analytic skills and explores the core areas of applied statistics (DOE, ANOVA, Analysis of Discrete Data, MANOVA, and many more) — without delving too deeply into the foundations of mathematical statistics.

Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics
The certificate program consists of 12 credits designed to help professionals from various backgrounds improve their data-analytic skills.

Application criteria for the Master of Applied Statistics degree are more rigorous than for the graduate certificate. Based on your application portfolio, if you are at the borderline of admission into the master's program, preference will be given to applicants who have demonstrated excellent performance in the completion of the certificate program. If you are accepted into the master's program, the credits you earn in the certificate program will be applied to the master's degree. 

Who Should Apply?

If you want to hone your ability to make data-driven decisions, understand predictive analytics, and apply data science to achieve results in your field — whether in business, education, health care, science, government, or technology — the World Campus Master of Applied Statistics could be right for you.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

As a statistician with a master's degree, you can promote your skill set in business, industry, government, health care, and educational and research organizations.

Our graduates work as:

  • economists
  • financial planners
  • insurance researchers
  • quality control managers
  • market researchers
  • project managers
  • public health researchers
  • statistical consultants  

Online Education at Penn State

Penn State has a history of 100+ years of distance education and more than a decade of experience in online learning. We create an online learning environment that offers you the same quality education our residential students experience in a face-to-face setting. Learn more about Penn State World Campus.