Graduate Online Course Overviews

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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

image of sigma squaredA 12-credit online graduate certificate program is designed to improve your research and data-analysis expertise and refine and maximize your analytical talents.

Master of Applied Statistics

The Master of Applied Statistics (MAS) 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.Linked in logo


Use the links below to review the university course descriptions or the links to the left to review sample syllabi from our online courses.  (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 department's World Campus web page.

Statistical Analysis System Programming

  • STAT 480 - Introduction to SAS (1 credit)
  • STAT 481 - Intermediate SAS (1 credit)
  • STAT 482 - Advanced Topics in SAS (1 credit)
  • STAT 484 - Topics in R Statistical Language
  • STAT 485 - Intermediate Topics in R Statistical Language

Theoretical Foundations

  • STAT 414 - Introduction to Probability Theory
  • STAT 415 - Introduction to Mathematical Statistics
  • STAT 464 - Applied Nonparametric Statistics

Graduate Level Courses

  • STAT 500 - Applied Statistics*
  • STAT 501 - Regression Methods*
  • STAT 502 - Analysis of Variance and Design of Experiments
  • STAT 503 - Design of Experiments
  • STAT 504 - Analysis of Discrete Data
  • STAT 505 - Applied Multivariate Statistical Analysis
  • STAT 506 - Sampling Theory and Methods
  • STAT 507 - Epidemiological Research Methods
  • STAT 509 - Design and Analysis of Clinical Trials
  • STAT 510 - Applied Time Series Analysis
* For students just beginning the Graduate Certificate or the Masters in Applied Statistics program, STAT 500 then STAT 501 would be the recommended courses to begin your study.

Advanced Application of Statistical Methods

Capstone Experience

Is This 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?

Download a larger version of this image file or a PDF version of the concept map. (This concept map created using CMAP open source software - contact Glenn Johnson for additional information)