Master’s Degree Program

What You’ll Gain From Our Program


Graduates of our program develop a strong methodology for working with diverse types of data in multiple programming languages.  Their skills at building and assessing predictive and inferential models are honed as well as their ability to communicate to diverse audiences.

We have students from all walks of life.  Some come to us directly after their undergraduate coursework, but most are working professionals looking to further their careers or move to a new phase of their lives.  Students have six years to complete the degree. Most take one course per semester, including the summer, and are able to finish in three to four years. Other students take a full-time load of three courses per semester and are able to finish in one year.  

Our graduates are employed in many fields that use statistics at places like SAS Institute, First Citizens Bank, iProspect, the Environmental Protection Agency, North Carolina State University, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield.  

About the Degree

The Online Master’s 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. Other 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. You can find out more about how our online courses work here.  

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 Principles of Clinical Trials and Epidemiology: ST520
  • Applied Time Series: ST534
  • Applied Bayesian Analysis: ST540
  • Statistical Programming in SAS II: ST556
  • Data Science for Statisticians: ST558
  • Introduction to Statistical Learning: ST563

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. Due to the large differences in the backgrounds of our online students compared to that of our on-campus students, the application processes are completely separate.

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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 for North Carolina residents (2019-2020 rates) is $ 13,857 for 30 hours of coursework ($39,327 for nonresidents).

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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Upcoming Application Deadlines

  • Apply by April 20th for Summer 2020
  • Apply by July 15th for Fall 2020

Upcoming Courses

Important Dates

Spring 2020:

  • January 6-May 5, Semester start and end
  • March 9-13, Spring Break
  • April-May 27-5, Final Examinations

Summer 2020:

  • May 13-June 19, 1st five week session start and end
  • June 22-July 28, 2nd five week session start and end
  • May 13-July 28, 10 week session start and end

Tuition & Monthly Payment Plans

Tuition and fee information for the upcoming semester can be found on the Cashier's Office & Student Accounts website.

NC State offers a monthly payment plan.