About Our Online Statistics Programs Section

The Department of Statistics takes advantage of the internet for the purposes of creatively delivering course content as well as to provide a mechanism for interaction between faculty and students. Faculty employ a range of different approaches to learning online.

Through Penn State's World Campus, the Department of Statistics offers two graduate programs. Here is Dr. Mosuk Chow to talk a bit about these programs.

Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics Section

This certificate program is designed to improve your research and data-analysis expertise and refine and maximize your analytical talents. The skills you can learn in this program can be applied across the business, education, health, science, governmental, and technology fields.

This 12-credit online graduate certificate in applied statistics consists of required and elective mucourses that can deepen your knowledge of statistical analysis and provide you with experience with a variety of statistical software packages, a blend of practical and theoretical data-analysis skills as well as sophisticated tools and knowledge to handle and analyze data.

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Master of Applied Statistics Section

The Master of Applied Statistics (MAS) degree program is designed for professionals who handle data in their current positions, and are interested in studying a wide range of statistical Sigmaapplication areas while developing a skill set that is now in great demand. Employment opportunities exist for applied statisticians in business, industry, government, and in educational and research organizations.

The master of applied statistics degree program is designed to provide training focused on developing data analysis skills, exploring all core areas of applied statistics (DOE, ANOVA, Analysis of Discrete Data, MANOVA, and many more) without going too deeply into the mathematical statistics foundations.

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Graduate Programs

Use the links below to review course descriptions and requirements. You will receive an official syllabus for the course when it opens at the beginning of the semester. For the course catalog of offerings by semester, application and other information related to this program, please visit the University Bulletin or LionPATH.

For students just beginning the Graduate Certificate or the Master in Applied Statistics program, STAT 500 then STAT 501 would be the recommended courses to begin your study.


  • STAT 414
    Introduction to Probability Theory
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  • STAT 415
    Introduction to Mathematical Statistics
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  • STAT 480
    Introduction to SAS
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  • STAT 481
    Intermediate SAS
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  • STAT 482
    Advanced Topics in SAS
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  • STAT 484
    Topics in R Statistical Language
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  • STAT 485
    Intermediate Topics in R Statistical Language
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  • STAT 500
    Applied Statistics
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  • STAT 501
    Regression Methods
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  • STAT 502
    Analysis of Variance and Design of Experiments
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  • STAT 503
    Design of Experiments
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  • STAT 504
    Analysis of Discrete Data
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  • STAT 505
    Applied Multivariate Statistical Analysis
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  • STAT 506
    Sampling Theory and Methods
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  • STAT 507
    Epidemiological Research Methods
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  • STAT 508
    Applied Data Mining & Statistical Learning
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  • STAT 509
    Design and Analysis of Clinical Trials
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  • STAT 510
    Applied Time Series Analysis
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  • STAT 580
    Statistical Consulting Practicum I
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  • STAT 581
    Statistical Consulting Practicum II
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  • STAT 800
    Introduction to Applied Statistics
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Applied Statistics

There are many topics involved in applying statistical methods and analyses. But how do they all go together? One of the over-arching challenges of our MAS program is to help build your own network of synergistic understanding!  Below you should find a copy of a concept map that tie together the concepts and skills associated with our MAS program. (You may need to tell your browser not to block this content from Prezi!)

Use the arrows at the bottom, double-click or drag around the image in order to explore our concept map.

What would your concept map look like?