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Applied Statistics, M.S.

Applied statistics is a practical, hands-on program that provides a comprehensive set of applied statistical techniques, which allows students to succeed as applied statisticians in academia and industry.

Michigan Job Growth

Job opportunities in the applied statistics field are expected to grow 12% in Michigan by 2026.

Michigan Jobs Available in 2021

There were more than 7,000 statistics-related jobs available in Michigan in 2021. That is 5% more than the national average.

A Multi-Industry Profession

Statisticians are in high demand across a variety of industries: retail, manufacturing, healthcare, and educational services.

Source: EMSI, 2022

Program Overview

The Master of Science in applied statistics is a Professional Science Master's program that allows students to combine strong communication skills with an ability to interpret and present statistical findings. The curriculum emphasizes practical experience and statistical applications, so students are ready to make an immediate impact on the applied statistics industry.

The degree emphasizes teamwork, problem-solving communication, scientific knowledge, and technical skills. An internship is required. Visit for more program information.


Good performance in undergraduate statistics will strengthen an application. This coursework should include SAS and be equivalent to STA 216 at GVSU. Completion of this course and other statistics courses is recommended either concurrent with an application or later. Some other programming language experience is advantageous as part of an application (R, Python etc.) but it is not required. Quantitative/data-oriented work experience would also be considered relevant but is not required.

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