The GIDP in Statistics offers interdisciplinary courses of study leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Statistics (regular track or statistical informatics track), a 12-unit Graduate Certificate, and a Ph.D. minor for students already registered into a Ph.D. program other than Statistics at the UA. Our mission is to develop the next generation of data scientists, trained to meet the challenges of modern interdisciplinary data extraction, analysis, and interpretation.
Certificate students are often nontraditional students, several years removed from the university education and possessing considerable work experience. We have seen applications from those in the high tech industries (largely Raytheon Missile Systems), technical staff involved in data intensive science looking to improve their knowledge of modern statistics, and former high school math/stat teacher looking for a change in career. With such an extensive and diverse set of backgrounds, the consideration for admission of these applicants requires an examination beyond the transcript to the nature of their work experience. The Certificate program may be completed either online or on campus.
If you have questions on the admissions process, please contact Kristina Souders, Program Coordinator, at email@example.com.
The Graduate College sponsors several Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDPs) in addition to the many interdisciplinary possibilities available through regular graduate degree programs. GIDPs transcend departmental boundaries by facilitating cutting edge teaching and research at the nexus of traditional disciplines. The high value placed on interdisciplinary research and education is indicative of The University of Arizona's enthusiasm and commitment to fostering innovation and creativity among its faculty and students.
For admission to the Graduate Certificate Program in Statistics, applicants must have or be in the process of completing a Baccalaureate Degree, either in a mathematical field or a field that makes significant use of quantitative methods, with at least a 3.0 overall grade point average (GPA). A previous degree in Statistics or Biostatistics is useful, but not required.
All students entering the Program are required to have a substantive background in mathematics, including at least three semesters of Calculus through multivariable/vector calculus (at the level of MATH 125, MATH 129, MATH 223), one semester of Linear Algebra (at the level of MATH 215), and experience with computer technologies.
The certificate program does not required standardized tests.
We do not offer financial assistance for certificate students.
A minimum of 12 units of coursework (graded C or better) with a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for the Graduate Certificate, made up as follows:
i. Core Statistical Theory Course; 3 units taken for a letter grade as follows:
STAT 566/MATH 566 – Theory of Statistics (available for online students)
ii. Additional Elective Courses; minimum 9 units taken for a letter grade from any of the following options (except for CPH 696S/EPID 696S – see below – no course may be taken more than once):
A minor is not required for certificate students