Dept Information

NEW MASDA PROGRAM - Starting Fall 2012

Master of Science in Applied Statistics and Data Analytics

The Department of Statistical Science will offer a new Master of Science in Applied Statistics and Data Analytics (MASDA) beginning in the Fall 2012 semester.  The MASDA degree provides training that is designed to produce graduates who are proficient in statistical methods while at the same time are trained in topics such as data base management, the use of SAS and other statistical software, and data mining.  The new degree is ideal for

  • students who have recently received an undergraduate degree (both US and international) who seek to prepare for a career in data analytics.
  • professionals who are employed locally in industry, medical and/or pharmaceutical fields, government, or business and find that their careers require more statistical analysis than their previous degrees had prepared them to do.
  • statistics majors at SMU who extend their training by one year to obtain the MASDA degree.

The following is a typical 36 hour curriculum.

 First Year    

 Fall      Spring
 Statistical Methods I* Statistical Methods II*
 Statistical Fundamentals I* Statistical Foundamentals II* 
 SAS Programming* Regression Analysis

Second Year

 Fall Spring
 Computing with R* Lifetime Data Analysis           
 Time Series Analysis Statistical Consulting 
 Data base Management Data Mining

 *The courses listed with an asterisk (*) are required courses.


  1. The MASDA degree is considered to be a terminal masters’ degree in the sense that it prepares students to directly enter the marketplace as applied statisticians/data analysts.  It is not designed for students planning to pursue a Ph.D. degree in Statistical Science.
  2. In general, the courses are less mathematically demanding than those in our Ph.D. track.  However, a strong foundation in calculus is a requirement for entry into the program. 
  3. Electives can be used to provide focus in a particular area (eg. biostatistics.).
  4. No tuition or TA support is available for students in this program.