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WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana – Predictive analytics has become a crucial organizational resource. Organizations – from businesses to government agencies – are swimming in massive amounts of data that must be collected, sorted and analyzed to be useful.
Because data is so important to modern organizational decision-making, the demand for skilled professional statisticians has skyrocketed. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in statistics are expected to grow 35% through 2029, much faster than the average for other fields.
To meet the growing demand for statistical analysts, Purdue University’s Department of Statistics is offering a new online service Master of Science in Applied Statistics. The 33-credit-hour program can be completed in 24 to 30 months. All courses are offered completely online, so students can enroll from anywhere in the world and take courses at a flexible pace.
“Our online MS in Applied Statistics was created with working professionals in mind,” said Timothy Keaton, professor of practice in Purdue University’s Department of Statistics. “If you don’t want to put your career on hold to learn the data analytics skills you need in today’s market, our program gives you that flexibility. Classes are asynchronous but follow a typical semester schedule to still provide structure.
The new program will teach students marketable skills in probability, statistical theory, statistical methods, experimental design, and data management. All courses are taught by faculty from Purdue’s Department of Statistics, one of the largest and most computationally modern departments of statistics in the United States. Students in the online program take the same courses and earn the same degree as students who complete the applied statistics graduate program on campus.
“Our courses cover the core areas of applied statistics, including model building, computational methods, quality control, time series, and consulting,” Keaton said. “In these courses, students will learn and use several statistical programming languages.”
The curriculum of the program aims to give students the tools and context they need to apply advanced statistical skills in their professional roles. Graduates of the program will be prepared to work in a wide range of industries as statisticians, data scientists, business analysts, market research analysts, and in other roles requiring statistical expertise.
“One of the key strengths of this program, and of our department as a whole, is our long Statistical consulting service“, said Keaton. “This service offers students the opportunity to work on real-world problems alongside our experienced faculty to design, analyze and, above all, communicate the results of studies in various fields.
Applicants to the program must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and at least one semester of calculus on their undergraduate transcript. It is recommended that applicants also take an undergraduate course in statistics before enrolling in the program.
“We are excited to bring this program to more students outside of West Lafayette,” Keaton said. “The opportunity to work with new students with diverse backgrounds and work experiences will add strength to our department while equipping these students for greater work ahead.
For more information on the online Master of Science in Applied Statistics, including application procedure and application deadlines, visit the program Web page.
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Source: Timothy Keaton, [email protected]