Statistics program at Montclair State University

Statistics (MS)

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Statistics (MS) – STEM Designated Degree Program

The MS in Statistics has been developed for students interested in becoming practitioners of statistics, who are trained in statistical methodology. The program emphasizes the foundations and concepts of statistics as well as the new and developing areas of statistics. Though the applications of statistical sciences are emphasized, the theoretical foundations are presented as well. Specifically, students are prepared for professional work in the design and analysis of statistical experiments, development and analysis of statistical models, data analytic techniques and the associated computational methods, and statistical computing.

Through the accessibility of computers and the availability of powerful statistical software to analyze huge data sets, the use of statistical methods has now become quite widespread in many industries. Students and faculty in the department have access to state-of-the-art interactive computing environments for data analysis and data graphics. This program also offers MS students the opportunity to obtain applied experience by becoming involved in the data collection, analysis and interpretation of ongoing projects. In addition, our proximity to the pharmaceutical industry permits students the exciting option of an applied industrial experience, working under the supervision of a practicing statistician.

Along with the Statistics (MS) degree, the department also offers a Statistics (Combined BS/MS) program.

Please refer to our programs of study page for a comprehensive list of all of the graduate programs offered within the university.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission into this program, a student must have completed the following six undergraduate courses with a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale:

  • Single-Variable Calculus (equivalent to the Montclair State University courses AMAT 120 and AMAT 220)
  • Multivariable and Vector Calculus (equivalent to the Montclair State University course MATH 222)
  • Linear Algebra (equivalent to the Montclair State University course AMAT 240)
  • Probability (equivalent to the Montclair State University course AMAT 345)
  • Fundamentals of Statistics (equivalent to the Montclair State University course STAT 330)

The Office of Graduate Admissions requires the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree in order to be eligible to apply for a graduate program. Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the international applicants to review the U.S. degree equivalency information.

Application Checklist

In order to make applying for graduate school as seamless as possible for you, we have
created an application checklist. This checklist can be a reference point for you during the
application process to ensure that you have a comprehensive understanding of the steps
needed to apply, as well as all corresponding supplemental materials for your specific
program of interest.

  • Application Deadline: Rolling admission.
  • Submit Online Application: Please create your online account and submit your application by following the general application instructions and pay (or waive) the non-refundable $60 application fee. Once this step has been completed, the online portal will allow you to upload your supplemental materials.

The following is a list of the supplemental materials that will accompany your application for the Statistics (MS) program:

  • Transcript: One from each college attended.
  • Essays/Personal Statement: Please write an integrated essay providing a response to each of the following questions:
    • What are your goals for graduate study and your future career?
    • In what ways do your academic background and your professional experiences provide evidence of your potential for success in the program you selected and in your eventual career?
    • Please give specific examples of relevant coursework and/or experience.
    • Is there any further information we should consider in assessing your candidacy?
  • Letters of Recommendation: Two.
  • Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Applicants page to review the US degree equivalency information.

This program is 30 credits. The curriculum is designed to allow students to develop the skills needed to achieve positions in the many pharmaceutical, chemical, health services, public service and consumer product corporations and other industries that require significant research and development efforts as well as data analysis. For more information, please visit the program listing in the University Catalog.


If you have any general questions regarding the application process and requirements, please email or call us:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Telephone: 973-655-5147
Fax: 973-655-7869

If you have specific inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact the Statistics (MS) Program Coordinator:

*During the summer months, there will be a rotating department chair available to answer your inquiry. Find the updated summer chair for this program.*

Program Coordinator: Dr. Youngna Choi
Office: Conrad J. Schmitt Hall 382
Telephone: 973‑655‑7782