Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to frequently asked questions about Michigan Technological University graduate programs, tuition costs, program details, admissions requirements and more. To speak with an Enrollment Advisor who can help answer questions over the phone, call 888-442-6885.

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Are all courses online?

Yes, all courses for the MSAS program are entirely online.

Are the online programs accredited?

Yes, Michigan Tech’s online master’s programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

What are the requirements for the online MS programs?

For the MS in Applied Statistics, hold a bachelor’s degree (STEM Degree is best aligned):

  • Submit transcripts
  • Include a resume
  • Submit a personal statement
  • Submit a Statement of Purpose
  • Provide two letters of recommendation (one academic preferred, but not required)
  • GRE not required
How much does this program cost?

The Applied Statistics program costs $1,228 per credit hour plus $38 per credit hour online fee.*

*Tuition and fees subject to change.

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Is financial aid available to online students?

A variety of financial aid is available to online students. Find more information on our Tuition & Financial Aid page.

Where can I find information about the online program?

Michigan Tech online statistics graduate degree program information can be found on our Programs page.

Where can I find instructions for applying to Michigan Tech online?

Visit the Become a Student page.

Are exams proctored?

Whether an exam is proctored depends upon what percentage of your overall grade the exam accounts for. Some exams, such as finals, which make up a large percentage of your overall grade may be proctored. It is best to check with your professor for specific requirements related to each individual course.

Program Details
Can the online Master of Science in Applied Statistics (MSAS) program be completed in one-year if taken full time?

The online MSAS program is made up of 10 courses, or 30 total credit-hours. Students take two courses each semester. Each course is seven weeks long. The program is designed so that students always take one, seven-week course at a time. The program takes five semesters to complete, or just under two years. Students can transfer up to three courses, or nine credits, going into the program depending on previous educational experience. Even if the maximum number of courses are transferred in, the program will still take four semesters to complete, or just over one year. For more information, or to discuss your specific situation with an enrollment advisor, please schedule an appointment.

What is the Applied Statistics Grad Certificate program at Michigan Tech?

The certificate program in applied statistics is a specialized program designed to provide students with a solid foundation in statistical analysis, data interpretation, and statistical tools.

The certificate program can typically be completed in a year or less and includes courses in areas such as statistical analysis, regression analysis, experimental design, data visualization, and statistical programming.

Courses completed in the certificate program can be applied toward a master's degree in applied statistics, allowing students to graduate with both their master’s and a certificate simultaneously.

Do I need a strong math background for this program?

While some basic knowledge in Linear Algebra is required, the program offers a 10-week bridge course in Linear Algebra for those who are not familiar with the required concepts. Connect with an enrollment advisor to learn more.

What is the graduate certificate in applied statistics, and how is it different from the master's program?

The graduate certificate is a shorter program requiring three courses, equivalent to 9 credits. It can be completed in as little as 6 months and focuses on essential statistical skills.

How can an MS in Applied Statistics degree benefit my career?

This degree is designed to be versatile and not limited to a specific field. It provides valuable statistical knowledge and skills applicable to various industries, making it adaptable to your chosen career path. Earning a master's degree in applied statistics can position you for leadership opportunities, promotions, and high-paying jobs, as data-driven decision-making is in high demand across various fields such as financial analysis, marketing research analysis, business intelligence analysis, and even as a statistician helping physicians make data-based decisions in healthcare.

How does the MS in Applied Statistics program compare to an MS in Data Science?

The MS in Applied Statistics program primarily focuses on statistical methods and modeling, using tools like R and Python, while the MS in Data Science emphasizes the technical aspects of computers and data science, with more of a focus on computer programming.

How can I become familiar with the required software?

Students can become familiar with the software through the bridge courses and course materials and take advantage of free online resources and support available for each software package used in the program. Connect with an advisor to learn more.