Applied MS Program

Applied MS in Statistics and Data Analytics Program


The explosion of data from sensors, the internet, business processes, surveys, medical instruments, social media, and other data collection devices, has created an ever increasing demand for specialists in applied statistics and data analytics. In the next few years of this new “big data” era, there is an anticipated need for 4.4 million new data professionals. 

Now, Southern Methodist University offers a graduate degree that will prepare you for a career in this exciting field of applied statistics and data analytics.

A Master of Science in Applied Statistics and Data Analytics (MASDA) degree from the Department of Statistical Science at SMU prepares you with skills in statistical data analysis, big data analytics, data base management, the use of SAS and other statistical software, and data mining.

If you have a background that is strong in mathematics (through multivariable calculus), this degree program can help you take the next step to advance into this new and highly sought-after field.

A recent New York Times article has the headline “For Today’s Graduate, Just One Word: Statistics.” The article provides information about the demand for Internet-age statisticians. 
In it, Hal Varian, chief economist at Google is quoted as saying, “I keep saying that the sexy job in the next 10 years will be statisticians. And I’m not kidding.” 

Time magazine lists statistician as one of the nine “Jobs of the (near) future.” Information Week declares that there is a big demand for “Big Data” professionals. According to the article, the top-dollar jobs are going to professionals who know how to use “big data.”

The SMU MASDA Degree Program

  • A curriculum designed to allow you to graduate in 18-24 months.
  • Courses that concentrate on practical applications of statistical data analytics for real-world problems.
  • Instructors from a world-class Statistical Science Department.
  • Instruction in using statistical software, specifically the SAS program.  Many students are able to pass SAS Certification exams after taking the SAS-oriented classes.
  • Experience working with real clients in the Center for Statistical Consulting Services.

An Exciting Job Market for Graduates

  • A recent salary survey found that the middle fifty percent of master's statisticians have annualized salaries between $95,000 and $155,000. 
  • A 2011 report by a private consulting firm projected a necessary increase of nearly 200,000 professional statisticians (a 50% increase) by 2018.
  • Because of the high reputation of the SMU Statistical Science department and the quality of the on-site training received, graduates will command a competitive starting salary.
  • Jobs range from research consultants to corporate analysts and these include potential managerial and executive positions.
  • Potential employers for graduates with analytics degrees include universities, governmental agencies, corporations, small businesses, and multinational organizations.
  • Graduates may obtain valuable professional certifications as a result of the coursework.

The SMU/Dallas Experience

  • On-campus, face-to-face instruction by faculty members from the SMU Department of Statistical Science, a nationally recognized department with a history of producing outstanding, highly marketable graduates and being at the forefront of statistical research and innovation.
  • SMU is located on a beautiful campus in Dallas, Texas and is in the heart of a large metropolitan area that has numerous cultural, sporting and leisure opportunities.
  • The job market in Dallas (and Texas) is one of the best in the United States.