Professors: Aboueissa, El-Taha, McCormick; Assistant Professor: Viles
The graduate program in statistics is designed to provide students with a broad knowledge of the concepts and practice of statistics and related fields. Students are prepared to assume positions of responsibility and expertise. Graduates may find employment involving diverse statistics-related activities in business, industry, government, regulatory agencies, insurance companies, biotechnology firms, and marketing research firms. Graduates possess a good foundation to pursue further advanced studies in statistical sciences and allied disciplines.
This professional science master’s degree in biostatistics provides formal training in applied statistical methods commonly used in biomedical, bioinformatics, environmental, and health-related fields. It emphasizes solving real-world problems that influence health by focusing on up-to-date statistical methodologies and their implementation with strong statistical programming capability. Areas of study include biostatistical study designs, modeling, and reporting of rigorous statistical results for scientific decision making. Statistical areas of study include clinical trials, experimental design, categorical and longitudinal data analysis, and survival analysis. Internship, technical writing, and management skills are required components of the program. Graduates ideally will find positions in professional settings such as health care agencies, governmental agencies, and the pharmaceutical industry.
The graduate program is offered in a flexible accelerated degree pathway, where currently enrolled undergraduate students in mathematics and other disciplines at USM may earn both an undergraduate degree and the M.S. degree in statistics in five years. Candidates planning to earn both the undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years are advised to take MAT 281 Introduction to Probability and MAT 282 Statistical Inference in the sophomore year, to take upper-level undergraduate courses in relevant concentrations in the junior year, and to take graduate-level courses in the senior year. A student will receive graduate standing (full matriculation) after satisfactory completion of all requirements for the undergraduate degree. Candidates holding baccalaureate degrees from accredited institutions may join the program directly at the master’s level.