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Online Master of Science in Applied Statistics

Become a qualified candidate for the rapidly growing number of positions for data professionals

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Benefit from high-quality courses developed specifically for this program by industry pros at high-profile organizations

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Take advantage of a practical, case study-based approach to learning and free access to SAS (Statistical Analysis System) software

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Get a solid return on investment from a degree that positions you immediately for jobs with a median base salary of $80K

— Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Program Summary

The projected growth rate of job demand for statisticians between 2014 to 2024
Bureau of Labor Statistics

The University of Delaware has built an online master’s degree in applied statistics with this goal: Transform students into data professionals who can satisfy the increasing demand for data analytics expertise and enjoy long-term success in their careers.

The 100% online Master of Science in Applied Statistics (ASTAT) at the University of Delaware provides students with a theoretical foundation in statistical theory and advanced training in model building and the use of real data for real analysis and decision-making.

Who Can Benefit

Professionals from a broad spectrum of industries and functional areas whose work brings them in contact with data can benefit from this program. These individuals typically are intrigued by data and seek to substantively increase their skills; learn how to think differently to solve problems; expand or shift their professional role; and enhance their career opportunities. They recognize that returning to school for an advanced degree is the optimal path for achieving their goals.

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Program Highlights

The online master’s degree in applied statistics provides students with a range of knowledge, skills, and experiential training including:

  • A theoretical foundation in probability and mathematical statistics
  • Applied applications in these areas and more:
    • Regression
    • Experiment design
    • Logistic regression and models of counts
    • Multivariate methods
  • Exposure to and the opportunity to acquire proficiency in essential technology including Statistical Analysis System (SAS), JMP and R—JMP 13 software license has a value of more than $1,700 annually and is included in tuition
  • The ability, acquired through case study, to analyze a wide variety of data and apply appropriate techniques, according to data type and research objective
  • The opportunity to design and conduct an applied research project with advisor assistance and approval


Statistics is the second best master’s degree for jobs
Forbes, August 2016

As a top research university in a business-friendly state, the University of Delaware enjoys close relationships with large, locally-based companies in industries including financial services, healthcare, chemical, pharmaceutical, technology, and farming. The Department of Applied Economics and Statistics (APEC) has recruited expert statisticians from these and other organizations to develop case-study based coursesspecifically for our online students. This approach helps ensure that you have multiple opportunities to learn from and apply your developing skills to current, real-world problems.

The online master’s in applied statistics program also includes numerous courses that were developed by the same APEC faculty members who teach our on-campus students. Online courses are managed by master’s degree level statisticians who are full-time APEC faculty members.

Online Learning Experience

ASTAT courses are 100% online. They are led by instructors who engage students in a range of learning activities that may include reading, watching lectures and demonstrations, participating in asynchronous online discussion boards, taking online tests and quizzes, and completing a broad range of assignments.

In support of the program’s MBA-like case-study approach to learning, students will have the opportunity to conduct and obtain credit for a research project, using a data example at their workplace or in their field. Ideally, students will be able to immediately apply what they learn in class to their work environment for the duration of the program.

For every credit hour, there are approximately five hours of lecture, and students typically spend three hours of study (reading, tests, assignments) for every lecture hour. Instructors will be available to answer student questions via email or via telephone—by appointment.