Students enrolled in the professional Master’s Degree will be required to:

  1. Complete a total of 30 credit hours of coursework.

    1. At least 18 credit hours must be from APPM/STAT at the 5000+ level. These credits must include a two-course in-department sequence (APPM/STAT) related to the student’s specialty (see specialties below). The sequence must be approved by an advisor or the professional MS director.

    2. Six credit hours must be a two-course out-of-department sequence. The sequence must be approved by an advisor or the professional MS director (pre-approval recommended), must be at 5000+ level, and should not duplicate material taught in APPM/STAT. The purpose of this sequence is to help students become proficient in some application area of applied mathematics and statistics.

  2. Complete a Culminating Experience (CE). There are two options for completing a CE--a project or internship/fellowship. Each option must have a written and presentation component. 

    1.  Project. A CE project is intended to have goals that are different from a traditional master’s thesis. In particular, students working on a project are expected to fulfill any of the following three goals: (1) master an important set of mathematical or statistical methods used in industry; (2) gain experience working with a large, high dimensional, or “messy” dataset; or (3) gain exposure to some tools (e.g., SQL and database management) that aren't typically taught in the program but that are useful for future employment. 

      1. Students interested in statistics and data science are encouraged to complete their CE project with LISA. The most natural way to do this would be to produce a written report and presentation of a collaborative project from STAT 5680 Statistical Collaboration or STAT 5690 Advanced Statistical Collaboration. Students who do not take both STAT 5680 and STAT 5690 will have a deficit of 3 credit hours; such deficits can be filled in by elective coursework as determined with the faculty advisor to reach the 30 credit hours required for the degree.  This option will not require a final examination with committee.

      2. Students pursuing areas other than statistics and data science would propose a project to a potential advisor. If interested, the student and advisor would come to an agreement on the work required to meet goals (1)--(3) above. Such projects do not need to meet the criteria of a formal master’s thesis.  Students will have the option of enrolling in up to 3 credits of independent study to work on their CE project. These credits would count toward their 30 credits for the degree, and a grade (A-F) will be assigned based on how well the student met the goals of the CE set out at the beginning of the independent study. Students who do not take independent study hours (or who take fewer than three independent study hours) will have a deficit of up to three credit hours; such deficits can be filled in by elective coursework as determined with the faculty advisor to reach the total 30 credit hours required for the degree. This option will not require a final examination with committee.

    2. Internship or Fellowship. Students who secure an internship or fellowship related to applied mathematics, statistics, or data science while in the program can use their work as part of their CE. Students choosing this CE option should work closely with their PMD advisor to decide what components will be necessary for successful completion of the CE (e.g., a presentation or written report of the details of the internship/fellowship). Students pursuing this option will also have the option of enrolling in up to three credits of independent study (counting toward their 30 credits for the degree) so that they can be supported by faculty during their internship, discuss progress, and possibly collaborate with their advisor to dive deeper into some of the concepts that students are gaining exposure to during their internship.  Students who do not take independent study hours (or who take fewer than three independent study hours) will have a deficit of up to three credit hours; such deficits can be filled in by elective coursework as determined with the faculty advisor to reach the total 30 credit hours required for the degree. This option will not require a final examination with committee.

    3. In rare cases where a student and department agree that a formal master’s thesis is appropriate, 4-6 hours of thesis hours must be taken as part of the total 30 required hours, and a thesis defense conducted with three faculty committee members, as required by Graduate School rules. 

  3. Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better, and earn at least a C in each class.

  4. Complete the program in four years.