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Combined Degree: Statistics B.S. and Applied Statistics, M.S.

Grand Valley State University combined degree programs offer students the opportunity to complete both an undergraduate and graduate degree, meeting their unique personal, academic, and career goals. Pursuing a combined degree can reduce the cost and total time required to complete both.

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Michigan Job Growth

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

Michigan Jobs in 2021

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

Less money. Less time.

Combined degree programs offer students the opportunity to complete both an undergraduate and graduate degree, meeting their unique personal, academic, and career goals.

Source: EMSI, 2022

Program Overview

Qualified undergraduate statistics students may be admitted to the program and obtain the B.S. in statistics and the M.S. in applied statistics within the accelerated time frame. The requirements for applying to the combined degree program:

  • At least 65 hours of undergraduate academic credit have been completed or is in progress.
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 at the time of application.
  • Completion of the following courses with at least B in each: STA 215 (or STA 312), STA 216, at least one of STA 310, STA 321, STA 315.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Resume and letter of intent.

Why Pursue a Combined Degree at Grand Valley?

  • The program offers a comprehensive curriculum in applied statistics at the graduate level, providing experience in a greater variety of applied statistical techniques.
  • Statisticians are in high demand across a variety of industries: retail, manufacturing, health care, and academia.
  • Accelerate your career trajectory and complete your degrees one step ahead of the competition.
  • Respond to emerging job markets.
  • Meet the growing national need for more master's trained employees.
  • Students gain valuable experience in the application of statistical software.

Location & Format

All undergraduate students begin their academic career at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus; classes for graduate students in this major meet downtown on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

  • Face To Face


Students may choose four courses to dual-count toward the B.S. degree and the M.S. degree, up to 12 credit hours total. Students are encouraged to work with the graduate program director and their advisor to ensure all requirements are met.

  • STA 518 or STA 526
  • STA 610 (Section 03)
  • PSM 650
  • STA 628

Registration for 600-level courses is to occur only after acceptance into the combined degree program.

Career Options

Data-driven decision-making is occurring in a diverse array of fields, and individuals with these applied statistical skills are in high demand. Forbes now lists a Master's in Statistics as one of the most desirable master's degrees.

Skills Employers Want

The M.S. in Applied Statistics at GVSU will develop the skills you need to land the job you want. Whether the skills are advanced or general, you will build a resume of qualifications that are sure to attract employers. The following skills correlate with those pulled from actual job postings in the statistics field.

  • Statistics
  • SAS (Software)
  • Statistical Methods
  • Biostatistics
  • Data Management
  • R (Programming Language)
  • Algorithms
  • Data Quality

Source: EMSI, 2022

Admission Requirements

Visit the online catalog for information about admission requirements for the combined bachelor of science in statistics and master of science in applied statistics. 

For More Information

Department of Statistics

Dr. Robert Downer
[email protected]
A-1-178 Mackinac Hall
(616) 331-3355

Graduate Admissions Office


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