Statistics (MA)

Program Overview

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers a professionally oriented Master’s of Arts degree program in statistics. The lively and versatile curriculum focuses on training that is applicable in the real world, and the program aims to prepare skillful statisticians for professional careers in industry. The track includes an integral lab component that emphasizes the practice of contemporary data analysis and exposes students to methods, software and theory commonly used in applications of statistics.

The program requires courses specific to the area of statistics, and the student is required to finish 10 courses and two 1-credit capstone seminars for a total of 42 credits. An exit exam or final thesis is not required.

Degrees Offered

  • MA in Statistics

Internships, Research Opportunities and More

The MA is designed to provide students with a solid foundation of practical knowledge to work with statistics in depth, for future careers in the public and private sectors as statistical scientists, consultants and engineers to manage and analyze data. The department emphasizes faculty guidance and support; there are regularly seminars such as the annual Peter Hilton Memorial Lecture, where distinguished mathematicians and scholars are invited to discuss their research.

After You Graduate

Due to retirements, the McKinsey Global Institute projected in a recent study that by 2018 the United States will need 140,000 to 190,000 professional statisticians. The New York State Department of Labor also estimates optimistic employment opportunities for statisticians. Graduates of the program will be trained to pursue careers in a variety of fields that require data-crunching and quantitative analysis such as electrical and computer engineering, bioengineering, pharmaceutics, economics, finance, management and many more.

Admission Requirements


There are many funding and scholarship opportunities at Binghamton. We encourage prospective students to review available program-specific scholarships and awards, and visit the program's website for additional information. Note: Master's students are generally self-funded, although funding opportunities occasionally arise.

Accelerated/4+1 Degrees

You may also be interested in our accelerated/4+1 degree programs which allow students to complete their bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in just 5 years!

For more information, visit the Statistics website.

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