Applied Statistics - Master of Science

Offered by the Department of Economics, Applied Statistics and International Business, the Master of Science (MS) degree in applied statistics is designed to produce graduates proficient in current practices in statistics and able to enter directly into positions in industry, government or private business. A person completing this degree will have the requisite skills to help researchers outside of statistics execute data analyses, design experiments and/or plan and analyze biological surveys or surveys obtained by mail, phone or personal interview. In addition, a person completing this degree will be familiar with the major statistical packages for computers. Students in the program will receive instruction in both theory and application of statistics, oriented strongly towards linear models and sampling, as well as extensive training and experience in statistical consulting.

The MS degree serves two basic groups of students:

  1. students with degrees in areas other than mathematics who wish to strengthen their quantitative skills and
  2. students with a degree in mathematics or statistics or those with a strong minor in mathematics who wish to apply statistics in one or more subject matter areas.


Requirements for regular admission to the MS in Applied Statistics include the following:

  • A minimum 3.0 grade-point average overall or in the last two years of study. Complete graduate and undergraduate transcripts must be supplied.
  • Three semesters of engineering calculus, equivalent to MATH 191G Calculus and Analytic Geometry I, MATH 192G Calculus and Analytic Geometry II, and MATH 291G Calculus and Analytic Geometry III at NMSU, completed with B or better grades.
  • A one-semester course in introductory statistics. Students entering with only one undergraduate course in statistics will generally take A ST 505 Statistical Inference I. NOTE: A ST 505 Statistical Inference I does not carry credit toward the MS in applied statistics.
  • Three letters of reference from former professors or others able to evaluate the student’s academic potential.
  • A one- to two-page typewritten letter of application, discussing academic objectives, and professional plans, plus giving specific reasons for selecting statistics as a field for advanced studies.

In addition to the formal requirements above, some expertise in computer use or programming experience is strongly recommended.

Applicants whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Fluency in written and spoken English is essential to successful completion of the program. Further information regarding the TOEFL can be obtained from:

Test of English as a Foreign Language
CN 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151

Course Requirements

Credit Requirements (Minimum)

A ST 565Statistical Analysis I4
A ST 566Statistical Analysis II4
A ST 567Applied Linear Models I3
A ST 568Applied Linear Models II3
A ST 503SAS Basics2
A ST 504Statistical Software Applications1
A ST 506Statistical Inference II3
Research (Research Option)
A ST 598Special Research Problems4-6
or A ST 599 Master's Thesis
Elective Requirements
Select 6-8 credits in research option electives and 12 credits of course-only option electives20
A ST 551Introduction to Statistical Consulting1
A ST 552Advanced Statistical Consulting1
A ST 553Practicum in Statistical Consulting1
Total Credits47-49