2024-2025 Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog

Mathematics M.A. with Specialization in Statistics

Program Rationale:

The Master of Arts in Mathematics with Specialization in Statistics prepares students for a career or advanced study in statistics by understanding the discipline as a collection of inferential tools derived mathematically from models and/or assumptions.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students in this program will be expected to:

  • comprehend the theory behind methods of statistical inference;
  • develop proficiency in the design and analysis of univariate, multivariate, stochastic, and categorical data;
  • become familiar with regression, log linear, and time series models;
  • understand and apply parametric and nonparametric procedures; and
  • develop expertise in using the latest statistical analysis software.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Applicants must also have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.70 on a 4.00 point scale (where A is 4.00), or its equivalent, and good standing (3.00 GPA) in all post-baccalaureate coursework.

The Department of Mathematical Sciences may, at its discretion, admit an applicant with a GPA between 2.40 and 2.70 on an unconditional basis provided that the prospective student has both sufficient undergraduate course work and standardized test scores that meet any of the following standards:
• GRE (math subject area): 600 (45th percentile)
• GRE (general test quantitative reasoning): 720 (80th percentile)
• GMAT (quantitative): 50 (95th percentile)

The graduate application, application fee, and official transcripts are to be submitted to the Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office. Official transcripts must be sent directly to the Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office from each institution attended except Central Connecticut State University.

Contact: 860-832-2835


Course and Capstone Requirements

(Plans A, B and C are offered as options.)

The student and faculty advisor will work out an appropriate plan of study within the framework of the following requirements.


Statistics Core

STAT 534Applied Categorical Data Analysis


STAT 551Applied Stochastic Processes


STAT 567Linear Models and Time Series


STAT 575Mathematical Statistics III


Three courses chosen from

ACTL 565Graduate Long Term Actuarial Models


ACTL 566Graduate Short Term Actuarial Models


DATA 511Introduction to Data Science


DATA 512Predictive Analytics: Estimation and Clustering


DATA 513Predictive Analytics: Classification


DATA 514Multivariate Analytics


MATH 519Principles of Real Analysis I


MATH 520Principles of Real Analysis II


STAT 535Graduate Loss and Frequency Distributions and Credibility Theory


Electives appropriate to the area of specialization (up to 9 credits): No more than nine credits in the program may be earned in 400-level courses.


Plan A:

Thesis (MATH 599) (3 credits) with 30 credits of coursework

Plan B:

Comprehensive Exam with 33 credits of coursework

Plan C:

Special Project in Mathematics (MATH 590) (3 credits) with 30 credits of coursework

Total Credit Hours: 33

Note: Once a graduate student has elected one of the three plans A, B or C, any change to one of the other plans must be made prior to the completion of 21 graduate credits and requires the approval of the student's advisor and the dean, School of Graduate Studies.