Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics

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Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics

Stand Out with a 100% Online Graduate Certificate

In a data-driven world, build the specialized skills needed to meet the growing demand with Michigan Technological University’s Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics. This fully online statistics certificate combines fundamental methodology with applied experience navigating industry-standard statistical and data analysis software.

Gain the quantitative skill set and confidence you need to solve real-world problems and boost your career potential.

Program Overview

  • 100 percent online; designed for working professionals
  • Flexible enrollment (Fall, Spring, Summer)
  • Accelerated, 7-week courses
  • 9 credit hours; 3 courses
  • Coursework applicable toward Michigan Tech's online Master of Science in Applied Statistics
  • National Graduate Service Reduced Tuition Rate available to Military, AmeriCorps and PeaceCorps personnel; Learn more

Admission Requirements

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Previous college coursework in calculus, linear algebra, and statistics
  • Completed graduate application with resume and student statements
  • GRE/GMAT not required, no application fee

What You’ll Study

All students will enroll in an introductory core course to learn fundamentals of the design, conduct and analysis of statistical studies. Two electives are also required, giving students a deeper understanding of a variety of traditional and modern topics.

A sample of courses are shown here. For a full list, schedule an appointment with an advisor.


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics, students can expect to advance their basic understanding of:

  • Foundations of statistical methods: Identify an advanced statistical method that is appropriate for a given problem, apply that method, draw appropriate conclusions and communicate your findings.
  • Statistical computing and reporting: Use popular statistical software (including R and SAS) to solve realistic problems.
  • Real-world data analysis: Ability to work with real data, to clean the data, deal with missing data values, generally appreciate the complexities of handling real-world data.
MA5701 Statistical Methods (3 credits)

Introduction to design, conduct, and analysis of statistical studies, with an introduction to statistical computing and preparation of statistical reports. Topics include design, descriptive, and graphical methods, probability models, parameter estimation and hypothesis testing.

Master’s vs. Certificate – Which is right for me?

  Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics Master of Science in Applied Statistics
Delivery Mode 100% online, part-time 100% online, part-time
Courses 9 credits; 3 courses 30 credits; 10 courses
Software Used R and SAS R, SAS, Python
Learning Outcomes Boost your STEM background: Gain experience in data analysis and statistical methods by working with real datasets Elevate your statistics career: Prepare for leadership as you further develop specialized skills and become a data expert.
Career Possibilities This introductory coursework is immediately applicable to many industries and professionals, particularly those seeking to transition into data-centric roles. Leverage advanced understanding of statistical methods and emerging technology trends from this program to obtain high-paying and leadership roles in statistics and data science.

Big Data, Big Opportunities

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the employment growth rate for statisticians will be 29% higher than the average of all other occupations between 2019 and 2029 (source). Our Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics online program is designed for busy professionals and those with a background in STEM to elevate their understanding of statistics and data analysis concepts, while building confidence and experience of navigating real data.

Focusing on one course at time allows you to keep up with your career and gain knowledge that is immediately applicable. Completion of this graduate certificate may qualify you for leadership opportunities, project management responsibilities or the opportunity to work with more specialized projects.

Applied Statistics Careers by the Numbers

35 percent
Employment of statisticians is projected to grow by 35 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.