Applied Statistics Master’s Degrees

Broadly speaking, an M.S. in Applied Statistics is designed to provide you with hands-on, practical experience in statistical methods – methods you can apply to solving real-world problems. Think sabermetrics (see below), election prediction and more.

In contrast to programs that focus on pure theory, this degree may help you with a career in big data in the public or private sector. To that end, educational programs may supplement statistical knowledge with courses in interdisciplinary data science, research and other essential business skills.

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Syracuse University info

Master of Science in Applied Data Science

Syracuse University’s online Master of Science in Data Science can be completed in as few as 18 months.

  • Complete in as little as 18 months
  • No GRE scores required to apply

Southern Methodist University info

Master of Science in Data Science

Earn your MS in Data Science at SMU, where you can specialize in Machine Learning or Business Analytics, and complete in as few as 20 months.

  • No GRE required.
  • Complete in as little as 20 months.

University of Denver info

Master of Science in Data Science

Earn your MS in Data Science online in as few as 18 months. Bridge courses are available.

  • Complete in as few as 18 months
  • No GRE required

University of California, Berkeley info

Master of Information and Data Science

Earn your Master’s in Data Science online from UC Berkeley in as few as 12 months.

  • Complete in as few as 12 months
  • No GRE required



Applied statistics degrees are a mix of foundational theory and elective topics. In addition to exploring problems of statistical design, analysis and control, you’ll often be required to complete a practicum or capstone project. Degrees usually take one to two years to complete.

Typical courses may include:

  • Mathematical statistics
  • Statistical methods
  • Advanced SAS programming
  • Data mining
  • Predictive analytics
  • Biostatistics
  • Applied data analysis

Admission requirements vary from school to school. Although a degree in statistics or mathematics is not always required, candidates are expected to have a relevant bachelor’s degree, knowledge of computer programming and coursework in calculus, linear algebra, probability theory, and statistics.

Statistics Visualization Examples

1. Global Corruption Barometer (Developer: Transparency International)

2. History of the FIFA World Cup (Developer: Jacopo Ferretti)

3. The Odds of Dying (Developers: James Fransham, Lloyd Parker, Robert Jones and Phil Kenny)

Master’s in Applied Statistics Programs

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