Statistical Science

The Master of Applied Statistics Statistical Science Specialization emphasizes the practical application of statistics. The innovative curriculum with 31 credits over 19 courses can be completed full-time in one year or part-time in two to four years. The program can be completed on-campus or online. This broad background in applied statistics will allow students to start working immediately as practicing statisticians upon graduation.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • A four-year bachelor’s from a regionally accredited university
  • Calculus up to and including multivariable calculus
  • A course in linear algebra
  • At least one undergraduate-level statistics course
  • 3.0 GPA minimum

Program Highlights

  • Full-time students can complete the program in one year
  • Students earn 30 credits
  • Courses are taught by experienced CSU statistics professors
  • Available online through CSU Online

Required Courses (22 credits)

This program begins with required math and computing skills courses. These courses are known as MSSA/GSLL 3095 and CSSA/GSLL 3096 and run during the 12-week summer session. Each course is five weeks long.

Course Number Course Title Credits
STAA 551 Regression Models and Applications 2
STAA 552 Generalized Regression Models 2
STAA 553 Experimental Design 2
STAA 554 Mixed Models 2
STAA 555 Statistical Consulting Skills (Full Semester) 1
STAA 556 Statistical Consulting 2
STAA 561 Probability with Applications 2
STAA 562 Mathematical Statistics with Applications 2
STAA 565 Quantitative Reasoning 1
STAA 566 Data Visualization Methods 1
STAA 567 Computational and Simulation Methods 1
STAA 574 Methods in Multivariate Analysis 2
STAA 575 Applied Bayesian Statistics 2

Select 8 credits from the following:

Course Number Course Title Credits
STAA 571 Survey Statistics 2
STAA 572 Nonparametric Methods 2
STAA 573 Analysis of Time Series 2
STAA 576 Methods in Spatial Statistics 2
STAA 577 Statistical Learning and Data Mining 2
STAA 578 Machine Learning 2

On-Campus Program Costs

  • Application processing fee is $60 ($70 for international students).
  • On-campus tuition rates can be found here. Tuition rates are different for residents and non-residents of Colorado. Use the tuition calculator for an approximate tuition rate per semester. Students completing the program in 1 year will take 14 credits in the fall, 15 credits in the spring and 2 credits in the summer.
  • Differential tuition charged at $110 per credit.
  • Textbook costs will vary.
  • Computing programs are available on campus for free use.
  • This is not a traditional graduate program and therefore, the department is unable to offer funding or assistantships to MAS students. You can explore funding options with Financial Aid and scholarship opportunities with the College of Natural Sciences.

Online Program Costs

  • Application processing fee is $60 ($70 for international students).
  • Tuition is $835 per credit for all STAA courses and $811 each for MSSA and CSSA. Current tuition information can be found here.
  • A $32 technology fee per semester applies to all students taking credit courses.
  • Textbook costs will vary.
  • Computing programs:
    • R – available by free download
    • SAS
      • available through RamTech at a student discount (approximately $65)
      • online version also available to students free of charge
      • Note: SAS is not supported for Mac computers. Additional information is given here.
    • Other computing programs may be required. Cost will vary.

Application Deadline: April 15

  • Our program admits only during the fall semester. However, all students will begin online in the summer session prior to the fall semester of admission with math and computing skills courses.
  • For international applicants and those needing a visa, we recommend applying by October. These applications will be reviewed mid-October.
  • A complete application must include a resume or CV, statement of purpose, three letters of recommendation, and official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended.
  • The Math Entrance Exam is recommended for those who have not taken the required prerequisites within the past 5 years. There is no fee for this exam; however, the exam must be taken at an approved university testing center, which may charge a testing fee. To request preparation materials for the exam, please contact Alex Peitsmeyer at