Capstone Consulting Course

The M.A.S program culminates with the Capstone Consulting Module, STAA556. The course runs for six weeks, from mid-May until the end of June. This is a team based learning experience in which student teams are assigned a genuine client-based project. The teams perform a principled and thorough statistical analysis of client data in response to some well-defined questions posed by the client. The results of the analysis are documented into a formal technical report which constitutes the main assignment of the course.

Final Term and Graduation

The M.A.S. program concludes in the summer term. However, the Graduate School does not offer a commencement ceremony during the summer term. M.A.S. graduates can choose to walk in the spring commencement ceremony prior to the completion of the program or the fall commencement ceremony following completion of the program. To be eligible to graduate, a student must have successfully completed all of the requirements for the M.A.S. program and submit an Application for Graduation (GS25) form. (The GS25B form is not required for M.A.S. students.) A student applying to graduate can start the process using the “Apply or Reapply to Graduate” link in RAMweb.

The Graduate Commencement Ceremony is held at 11:30 am in Moby Arena on the Friday of Finals Week each spring and fall semester. Visit the Graduate School’s Commencement page for more details.


Winter and early spring is a good time to start working on your resume.  You will want to include any information you think may be important to potential employers.

For information on career paths, including job requirements and responsibilities, salary figures, and interviews with current professionals in the Data Science field visit Master’s in Data ScienceDiscover Data Science, Data Science Programs and The Dollars Attached to a Career in Data Science.


RAMweb provides online access to application status, registration, financial information, personal records, jobs, and more for applicants, new, and current students.

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Colorado State University uses Canvas by Instructure as its online learning management system (LMS). Use Canvas to interact with your instructor and other students, learn from the course materials, participate in discussions, submit assignments, take tests and view grades. To log in to Canvas and see your courses, you must have an active CSU eID account, and be registered for a class.

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Colorado State University’s NetID system facilitates a simplified and secure form of authentication and authorization across multiple university electronic systems and services. Go here for more information.


RamTech is the on-campus software provider. It is worth checking their prices because CSU subsidizes a number of ‘site licenses’ for commonly used software, such as SAS, which may reduce or eliminate the price. However, in some cases, you may be better off visiting a retailer near you, such as Office Depot or Best Buy, or visiting a retail software website.

R is available by free download. This page includes information on obtaining a free download of R for your computer.


The CSU Bookstore sells both new and used textbooks for all of our courses; however, you may order your books from whatever source you wish. Other sellers might include a university bookstore near you, or several online retailers.