Statistics: Data Science

Master of Science in Statistics

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The Master of Science in Statistics: Data Science program gives you the skills to make sense of complex data to achieve organizational goals.


Is this program right for you?

The Master of Science in Statistics—Data Science program (MS-DS) at UW–Madison combines a background in statistical theory, methods, and practice related to data science with the communication skills you need to use data effectively for planning and decision making.

The program enables graduates to move into leadership roles in their organizations or move laterally and upward into other roles.

Leveraging the power of statistical thinking will prepare to you to put data into context and communicate its meaning to others. You will build analytical, reasoning, and communication skills in realistic strategic planning sessions, giving you the skills to work in professional and leadership teams, and lead discussions grounded in data reasoning.

Is this program right for you?

The Master of Science in Statistics—Data Science program (MS-DS) at UW–Madison combines a background in statistical theory, methods, and practice related to data science with the communication skills you need to use data effectively for planning and decision making.

The program enables graduates to move into leadership roles in their organizations or move laterally and upward into other roles.

Leveraging the power of statistical thinking will prepare to you to put data into context and communicate its meaning to others. You will build analytical, reasoning, and communication skills in realistic strategic planning sessions, giving you the skills to work in professional and leadership teams, and lead discussions grounded in data reasoning.

Admissions Requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have an undergraduate degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale based on the last 60 credits earned from a degree-granting institution.
  • Submit GRE test scores. For score reporting, use UW–Madison institution code 1846.
  • Non-native English speakers must take the TOEFL (minimum score of 92, internet version) or IELTS (minimum score of 7.0) exam. For score reporting, use UW–Madison institution code 1846.
  • Have some experience and skill with abstract conceptual thinking and task definition, such as that developed in typical engineering, mathematics, and computer sciences courses.

Students admitted to the MS-DS program are expected to have courses equivalent to the following UW–Madison courses:

  • STAT 303 R for Statistics I
  • STAT 304 R for Statistics II
  • Four semesters of calculus:
    • MATH 221 Calculus and Analytical Geometry I
    • MATH 222 Calculus and Analytical Geometry II
    • MATH 234 Calculus-Function of Several Variables
    • MATH 421 The Theory of Single Variable Calculus
  • MATH 340 Elementary Matrix and Linear Algebra
  • Highly recommended:
    • STAT/MATH 309 Introduction to Probability and Mathematical Statistics I
    • STAT/MATH 310 Introduction to Probability and Mathematical Statistics II

To apply:

  • Online graduate school application.
  • Supplemental Department of Statistics application.
  • Unofficial transcripts.
  • Statement of interest.
  • CV/Resume.
  • Three letters of recommendation.

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Program Highlights

  • The Statistics: Data Science master’s program is designed to fit your schedule. Take courses full-time and graduate in just one year, or enroll part-time and finish when it works for you.
  • UW–Madison’s Department of Statistics is on the cutting edge of Big Data and predictive analytics research, and we are constantly innovating to keep up with the industry.
  • You have the opportunity to attend many data conferences throughout the year, allowing you to gain insights in the field and network with statistics and data science leaders.

How You'll Learn

  • Flexible 15-21 month program on the UW–Madison campus.
  • Work in teams to develop and expand skills that enhance your value in the workplace.

Sample Curriculum

Core Courses

  • Statistical Methods I and II
  • Introduction to Statistical Inference
  • Statistical Learning
  • Data Science Computing Project
  • Data Science Practicum
  • Professional Skills in Data Science
  • Electives from statistics and other related areas

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