MSAS FAQ

  • The depth of understanding of statistics depends on a basic knowledge of calculus. The focus of the MSAS program is to develop graduates that have in-depth knowledge of the techniques they will be using. "Plugging into" formulas or computer a routine is not the objective. This approach will enable students to develop meaningful careers and be in demand in the marketplace.
  • No. The MSAS program only accepts students in the Fall Semester.
  • Yes. You can substitute up to 9 hours of credits from other graduate programs, with the permission of the MSAS Program Coordinator.
  • MATH 1190 (Calculus I), MATH 2202 (Calculus II) and MATH 3260 (Linear Algebra) are offered every semester. These would prepare students for the calculus part of the program. Courses in the Minor in Applied Statistics and Data Analysis (STAT 3010, STAT 3120, STAT 3130, STAT 4120 and STAT 4210) would help students prepare for the statistics part of the program. These are not requirements for admission to the program.
  • The entry degree for most positions requiring statistical training is the Master of Science degree. A recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report indicated that 18% of the country's statisticians work for the federal government, 16% for state and local governments and the remainder for private industry. University based statisticians are a relatively small percentage. Thus, a large percentage of MAS degree students will likely be placed in the private sector.
  • Yes, as long as you have the prerequisite mathematics knowledge (Calculus I and II).
  • Yes. There are a limited number of graduate research assistantships to be awarded. In addition, financial aid and loans are available. Visit Graduate Admissions »
  • There is a $40 per course technology fee, in addition to the University's tuition and fees for each semester. For current costs, visit KSU Office of Finance and Accounting »
  • The word "applied" in the title of our program indicates that the emphasis of the program is on using statistics to solve problems, not on proving theorems or developing new statistical methodology.
  • No. There is no requirement to take any American Society for Quality certification test. At the end of the first year, students will be ready to take the Green Belt exam and can do so if they choose. At the end of the program, students will have covered the Body of Knowledge for the Black Belt exam. MSAS is unique in that the Body of Knowledge is addressed for both exams within the MSAS courses.
  • Graduates of universities outside the United States must be able to document that their degree is the equivalent of a four-year bachelor's degree awarded by an accredited United States college or university. For more information, visit Graduate Admissions »
  • You will leave this program with skills that you can immediately use in the workplace or to go out and get a job. Our eleven PhD statisticians have experience in a wide range of applied settings.
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