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Overview

The primary goals of this Portfolio program are to:
  1. Offer a cohesive course of study for graduate students seeking to enhance the statistical modeling component of their research and to prepare for successful careers upon graduation.
  2. Provide a forum for graduate students from across UT to work together and exchange ideas regarding the application of statistical modeling methods to a broad range of areas.
  3. Leverage the existing expertise of faculty members in departments across UT whose research focuses on statistics at foundational and applied levels.

Students must complete 12 semester hours of courses as follows in Course Requirements. All coursework used toward the portfolio program must be taken for a letter grade (B or better with 3.5 GPA for combined portfolio coursework).

How to Apply

CLICK HERE to access the online application form.

Once you submit the above online form, you must email the following documents to stat.portfolios [@] austin [dot] utexas [dot] edu in order to finish your application:

  1. A signed statement from your thesis or graduate program advisor stating their approval of your entering the portfolio program.
  2. Your own written statement (no more than one page) about how this portfolio would contribute to your overall academic goals.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but please wait to apply until after completing the prequisite (see details below).  To be admitted into the program, a student must be in good standing in an approved graduate degree program. If applying before completing the first semester as a graduate student, the student must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0. If applying after completion of at least one full semester as a graduate student, the student must have a minimum cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0.

Course Requirements

PREREQUISITE KNOWLEDGE

A grade of an 'A' in SDS 380C Statistical Methods I

*Students who have taken one or more courses equivalent to the prerequisite course, and students who took SDS 380C but did not get an 'A', may take the Prerequisite Exam administered by the Portfolio Committee.

CORE REQUIREMENT

SDS 380D Statistical Methods II

ELECTIVES

Choose two electives:  Click here for a current list of approved electives.

To ensure courses taken for the portfolio are interdisciplinary in nature, at least one of the two elective courses chosen must meet one of the following three criteria.

1. The elective is a SDS course (if cross-listed, it must be with a department other than the student's home department), or
2. The elective is an approved elective course from outside the student’s home department, or
3. The elective is in the student's department but outside the student's area (e.g., Counseling Psychology and Quantitative Methods are two separate areas, both within the Educational Psychology Department).

INDEPENDENT STUDY

Under the supervision of a Portfolio Adviser, the student must successfully complete a research project (as part of a 3-credit independent study course) designed to apply advanced statistical modeling techniques to the student's research area of interest. The independent study should be conducted after all other coursework is complete or concurrently with the last program course. Any qualified UT faculty member can be the supervisor. All students must present their final projects at the Portfolio Program's end-of-semester colloquium.

For more information and to register for the SDS research course, download the Research Registration Form.

Students completing their research project should use the official Cover Page Template.

FAQs

Q: What are the requirements?


A: You will complete 12 semester hours, including a research project, as specified in the coursework guidelines. You must earn a letter grade of B or better in all courses required for certification and maintain an overall GPA of 3.5 or better in courses counting towards the Portfolio.



Q: How do I sign up?

A: Fill out the online application and email the related documents (see instructions above). Students are encouraged to apply early in their course of graduate study. The SDS department can help each student choose an appropriate course sequence.



Q: Can Portfolio courses also fulfill my graduate degree requirements?


A: Depending upon the student's degree program, courses taken towards the portfolio may or may not count towards their degree.

Q: Will the portfolio appear on my transcript?


A: Yes. Your official UT transcript will state that you completed the Graduate Portfolio Program in Applied Statistical Modeling.

Prerequisite Exam

The 1.5 hour long exam will be held multiple times per year. Summer 2019 date:  August 22, 2019 10:00 to 11:30 AM, GDC 7.514. To sign up for the exam, please contact Sasha Schellenberg at sasha.schellenberg[@]austin[dot]utexas[dot]edu by August 10, 2019.

The following topics will be covered: descriptive statistics (e.g., mean, median, standard deviation), z-scores, point and interval estimation, sampling distributions, power and errors in hypothesis testing, p-values, t-tests, ANOVA, chi-square test of independence, correlation, bivariate linear regression.

Contact and Office Hours

Have more questions about this portfolio or the application process?  Come to an "office hours" session to find out more:

*No summer office hours will be scheduled.  Check back in the fall for more office hour times and locations!

For additional information, email Sally Ragsdale at stat.portfolios[@]austin[dot]utexas[dot]edu.