Online Masters Degree Program


The Online Masters Degree of the Department of Statistics is the same degree as the on-campus students receive, with exactly the same requirements (see below). Some online courses run concurrently with on-campus courses, and lectures are viewed as high quality recordings with features to stop or speed up the presentations and accompanied by relevant exercises. Many online courses are specially designed to take advantage of web learning and are not concurrent with an on-campus course. In either case, online tools are used to facilitate interaction between instructors and students and to develop a vibrant community of online learners. Note that we only accept students living in North America.

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Masters Degree Pre-Requisites

The minimal requirements for entry are an undergraduate degree and coursework in calculus through multivariate calculus (comparable to MA 242) and linear algebra (comparable to MA 405). In the application process, your credentials (transcripts and personal statement) will be evaluated for determining acceptance into the Master of Statistics online degree program. Note that GRE scores are not required, but should be uploaded if they are available.

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Masters Degree Course Requirements

A Master of Statistics degree requires a minimum of 30 semester hours. This includes the following 21 hours of required course work:

Substitutions may be made for courses taken elsewhere, but transfer credit is not given.
In addition to the above required courses, 9 hours of electives are taken to fill out the full 30 hours of coursework. Examples of electives include:

  • Statistical Programming in SAS II: ST556
  • Introduction to R and Data Science: ST558
  • Data Mining with SAS Enterprise Miner: ST562
  • Introduction to Statistical Learning: ST563
  • Statistical Reasoning with Big Data: ST564 (offered as 590 in Fall 2016)
  • Statistical Principles of Clinical Trials and Epidemiology: ST520
  • Applied Time Series: ST534

The online masters degree is the same as the on-campus masters degree, but at the moment there are fewer elective offerings available online. The final diplomas are the same for both programs. However, the application process for the on-campus masters program is totally separate from the application process for the online masters, and the course sections are distinct. See also.

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Visit NC State’s Graduate Distance Education Tuition Rates page for detailed information about graduate-level tuition and fees.

The total Master of Statistics online degree cost estimate (North Carolina residents) for 2017-2018 is $ 12,956 for 30 hours of coursework.

Financial aid eligibility is determined by the Financial Aid Office. We encourage you to contact your financial aid advisor in the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. Criteria for funding is based on academic merit, demonstrated financial need, and enrollment in multiple Distance Education courses per semester. For additional information, please visit NC State’s Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid website, or call 919.515.2421. NC State also offers a monthly payment plan.

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