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The Master's in Statistics degree at The University of Texas at Austin is administered through the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences, but has its own graduate advisor and graduate studies committee. The Graduate Studies Committee for this program consists of faculty members from a variety of departments across campus. The focus of the program is a mix of theory and application.

A master’s degree may be obtained with report or without report (coursework only). Both options require a Program of Work consisting of 30 semester hours of coursework (10 courses).

The report option also requires satisfactory completion of a written report and one associated three-hour report course taken on credit/no credit basis for a 33-hour total. Pursuit of the report option requires the student to find a willing supervising professor who is a member of the Statistics and Data Sciences Graduate Studies Committee.

Degree requirements for both Options are distributed as follows:

  1. Six core courses that provide a foundation for further study, including a two-course sequence in theoretical statistics, two courses in statistical modeling, one course in computational methods, and one course in research. These courses must be taken on a graded basis earning a B or better;
  2. Six hours of statistics courses chosen from an approved list;
  3. Six hours of supporting coursework, which may be in a subject area other than statistics but must be logically related, and together with the other degree coursework makes a coherent degree program;

*Three hours of master’s report. The program culminates in a master’s report, which is expected to approximate a publishable journal article in length and quality.

Upon admission to the program, the student should demonstrate background knowledge of mathematics and statistics equivalent to that acquired in an upper-division course in probability and statistics. Deficiencies may be made up by taking courses suggested by the graduate advisor. In most cases, these courses may not be counted toward the degree.

Helpful Links

Course Progression Worksheet

Approved Electives

Master's Report course (SDS 398R) Registration Form

2018-19 Student Handbook

Teaching Assistant and Assistant Instructor Grievance Procedures

College of Natural Sciences Graduate Education Resources