Master's in Applied Statistics

If you have a background in mathematics and are looking to earn a master’s degree full or part-time, Marquette’s applied statistics master's program maybe the perfect fit. Whether you’re a recent graduate or a working professional seeking career advancement, a master of science in applied statistics will help you develop strong data analytics skills that can be applied in a variety of fields.



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*Can be completed in as soon as 12 months based on a full-time student.

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Program Highlights

With our courses, students develop skills that give them a competitive edge in the workplace. Classes including modern data topics in Regression Analysis, Computational Probability, Statistical Simulation, Design of Scientific Experiments, and Statistical Machine Learning provide students with the know-how to succeed in various careers.

Along with our required courses, students also take a practicum course in Statistical Consulting, providing hands-on statistical consulting training. In turn, our program produces graduates who can deal with big data and perform statistical, risk factor and predictive analysis. 

Full-time, dedicated students can complete the degree in as little as 12 months. 

Who is this program suited for? 

This program meets the needs for:

  • Recent graduates who are seeking a master’s degree program in applied statistics
  • Mid-career workers with a solid mathematics and/or statistics background who are seeking a graduate program either for career advancement or for a career change
  • Part-time evening study while working full-time

In addition to coursework, students also take a statistical consulting practicum course. The practicum is intended to give students practical, hands-on statistical consulting training. The MS in applied statistics program produces graduates who can deal with big data, perform statistical analysis to detect hidden patterns in data, perform risk factor analysis and perform predictive analysis.

Flexible Learning

We know finding time to earn your master's degree can be tough. That's why with our MS in applied statistics program, we work to fit your busy schedule. You can enroll in the program with full-time, part-time and evening courses.

Admission is not restricted to students with a mathematics degree. The only prerequisites are a sufficient formal mathematics and/or statistics background and previous experience with programming. This means those with an undergraduate degree in finance, economics, engineering and other similar degrees are an excellent fit for this program.

Admission Prerequisites

Admission to this program will be based on a sufficient formal mathematics and/or statistics background and a previous experience with programming. The applied statistics program can accommodate students from a wide variety of disciplines. These include undergraduate degrees in:

  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Engineering
  • Economics
  • Finance

An undergraduate degree in the above fields is not necessary since the main criterion for admitting the students will be their ability to grasp complex mathematical ideas. A minimum mathematics requirement includes:

  • Two semesters of calculus
  • Additional higher level mathematics related courses

For example, a student with an undergraduate degree in economics and grades above B+ in calculus 1 and calculus 2 in addition to courses in economics and linear algebra may be suitable for the applied statistics program.

Applicable Careers

Typical careers with this degree include:

Our M.S. in applied statistics program is a STEM-designated program, which means international students are eligible to apply for 36 months of Optional Practical Training, allowing employers to potentially hire international students for up to three years instead of only one.

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To be eligible for admission to the Graduate School at Marquette University, applicants must meet the following requirements:

Admission to the applied statistics program will be based on a sufficient formal mathematics and/or statistics background and previous experience with programming. This program can accomodate students from a wide variety of disciplines, including mathematics, statistics, engineering, economics, and finance. An undergraduate degree in the above fields is not necessary. However, two semesters of calculus and additional higher level mathematics coursework is required. If the applicant does not have sufficient mathematics and/or statistics in their background, they can be admitted and be required to complete prerequisite coursework in the first semester of their program.  

Application Requirements

Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.

  • A completed application form and fee online.
  • A statement of purpose outlining rationale for seeking admission to this program, possible areas of interest, relevant work experience or education, and career goals.
  • Three letters of reference from professors or professionals familiar with the applicant's abilities, academic work and/or professional background.
  • Transcripts:
    • Submit copies of all current and previous college/universities except Marquette1
  • (optional) GRE scores (General Test only).
  • For international applicants who have not attended an English-speaking university only: TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.

1Upon admission, final official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, with certified English translations if original language is not English, must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record. 

This program has rolling admission, which means you may apply and submit all application materials any time before the following dates:

  • Fall term admissions - August 1 (June 1 for international applicants)
  • Spring term admissions - December 15 (October 1 for international applicants)

Applicants who wish to be considered for merit-based financial aid (graduate assistantships/scholarships) should be aware of the merit-based financial aid deadlines by which all applicant materials must be received by the Graduate School:

  • Fall term: February 15
  • Spring term: November 15

For a comprehensive listing of merit-based aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships), visit the department financial aid web page. Private scholarships may also be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.