With a Master of Science (M.S.) in Statistical Science, you'll learn to effectively apply statistical principles and data analysis in a number of diverse industries. Or, you may choose to teach statistics at the high school (teacher certification is required) or community college level.
An advanced degree in statistics opens doors to an infinite number of career opportunities. Because of the applied nature of statistics, you may begin your studies with a bachelor’s degree in a related program, such as business, biological sciences or chemistry. Our program gives you an understanding of the broad applications and theoretical aspects of statistics, allowing you to explore relationships among variables in your chosen field.
For example, with an undergraduate degree in biological sciences or health sciences and a graduate degree in Statistical Science, you may build a successful career with a pharmaceutical company where you develop experiments and apply statistical methods to prove a drug is ready for the final stages of FDA testing. Or, with a background in economics, you may use your master's degree in statistics to build a career in market research, business analysis or forecasting.
The University of Idaho Department of Statistical Science is made up of an interdisciplinary team of dedicated faculty from business, geography, fish and wildlife resources, economics and more. Depending on your research interest area, you will be assigned a faculty member to act as your adviser. This faculty member will help formulate a study plan designed specifically to meet your goals and to guide you through the program. Topics you may explore include:
- Applying mathematical principles to the collection, analysis and presentation of numerical data.
- Designing and analyzing experiments.
- Planning and interpreting surveys.
- Exploring relationships among variables.
Group projects and research opportunities with faculty, local businesses and government agencies will give you experience you can apply immediately on the job.