Information for Applicants

For general information about the Program and the Graduate School consult the Graduate Catalog.

The Master of Science degree program in statistics and analytics is intended to provide training for professional careers, or to serve as a foundation for pursuing a Ph.D. degree. Toward this end, students with degrees other than in mathematics, as well as mathematics majors, are encouraged to apply for admission. Course requirements for this degree may be satisfied by completing course work in one of the following concentrations: Statistics; Business Analytics; Computational Analytics; Educational Statistics & Psychometrics; Quantitative Social Sciences; BioAnalytics; or Operations Analytics. Brief descriptions of each of the concentrations: Statistics and Analytics Concentrations


Frequently Asked Questions:


Is the Statistics & Analytics MS Program a STEM program?

Yes.  Relevant CIP codes include (but are not limited to) 30.7001 (Data Science) and 27 (Mathematics and Statistics).

Is this an online program?

No.  Most of our courses are offered face-to-face on the Fayetteville campus of the University of Arkansas.  Several courses, especially in our Business Analytics and Operations Analytics concentrations, have online offerings, but not enough to complete the degree online.

What academic background is required?

Our graduate school requires “A conferred baccalaureate (bachelor's) degree, master's degree or doctoral degree (excluding professional degrees) from a regionally accredited institution.” The STAN program does not require a mathematics or statistics degree, although demonstration of quantitative skills may help your application’s competitiveness in some of our concentrations.

Must I choose a concentration when I apply?

Yes: applicants to the STAN program are applying to a specific STAN concentration (you will be asked to choose a concentration in the online application form).

Are GRE scores required?

Our Statistics concentration requires GRE scores; our Businees Analytics concentration recommends GRE or MCAT scores for U.S. students and requires GRE or MCAT for international students, all other concentrations recommend GRE or (MCAT) scores but do not require them.  None of our concentrations have minimum score requirements (we do not have cut-off scores).

How do I apply for a Graduate Assistantship?

In your online application (see External Links, below), there is a box that asks if you would like to be considered for a Graduate Assistantship: check that box.

The STAN program does not typically have assistantships, but each STAN concentration is housed in a university department which may have assistantships available to our students.

What are the English language requirements?

If English is the primary language spoken in your home, there are no language requirements (although International Students may have to support this claim).

If English is not your first language, check here:         

What are Undergraduate Deficiencies?

These are courses that we wish you had taken before entering our program.  If you have not taken such courses, you might still be admitted, but would need to take the courses within the first year of study (or show proficiency in the material).

Do you have application fee waivers?

          Unfortunately, no.

Is there a minimum grade point average (CGPA) requirement?

Yes, our graduate school has a minimum CGPA of 3.0 for the last 60 hours of completed coursework at the time of application (this is based on a grading system of A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, and F=0).  This does not guarantee admission but is necessary for consideration.

What are letters of recommendation?

We require at least 3 letters of recommendation.  These are typically (but not necessarily) written by professors who know you and are willing to write a letter in support of your likely success in our program.  While we prefer letters from professors who can speak to your academic potential, if you have been away from academia for several years, then letters written by supervisors in your workplace(s) can be used.

If I am currently in a graduate program at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, can I join the STAN MS program?

Yes.  If you are currently in a master’s program, you can share up to 6 credit hours of coursework between the programs.  If you are currently in a PhD program, there is no limit on the number of shared hours.  In either case, we strongly recommend you obtain permission from your current advisor before applying to the STAN program.

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