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2021-2022 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog

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Applied Statistics

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The Master of Science in applied statistics is one of five professional science master (PSM) degree programs at Grand Valley State University. All five programs emphasize teamwork, problem-solving, communication, scientific knowledge, and technical skills. Each program is designed to integrate university coursework with business/industrial internships to better prepare students for a variety of career pathways in their chosen field. The overall objectives and interactions of these programs are described in the PSM section of the Grand Valley State University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog.

The Master of Science in applied statistics is a practical hands-on program that provides graduates with a comprehensive set of applied statistical techniques. Upon graduation, graduates are career ready and immediately contribute as applied statisticians. The diverse comprehensive statistics curriculum is data oriented with an emphasis on the application of statistical software. The required internship with community partners provides valuable professional industry experience to complement the curriculum. Potential students should discuss their statistical career interests with the graduate director for specific advising regarding the choice of the applied statistics or biostatistics PSM program.

Admission to Master of Science in Applied Statistics Program

Admission to the PSM in applied statistics will be based on a set of application materials. An undergraduate major or minor is not required but strong performance in several undergraduate courses will strengthen the possibility of a successful application. Prerequisite material may be suggested prior to program acceptance. Relevant work experience is also considered in the evaluation of an application. In conjunction with satisfying general graduate GVSU admission policies, the following requirements must be satisfied or included as part of the application:

  • Grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from all undergraduate coursework or a satisfactory score on the GRE
  • Resume detailing work experiences and accomplishments
  • Personal statement of career goals and background experiences, including an explanation of how this program will help achieve educational and professional objectives
  • Letters of recommendations from at least two individuals who are in positions to attest to the applicant's successful completion of the program


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