Statistics and Data Science MS
About the Program
The Department of Statistical Science offers the Statistics and Data Science MS program to allow students to acquire in-depth knowledge of data science and statistics. The program prepares “super analysts” who have stronger and deeper skills in predictive analytics. Students learn to:
- differentiate descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics and recognize when each is appropriate, as well as understand the fundamental methods and techniques used in each;
- understand the applications, assumptions and limitations of data science models and techniques at a deep level; and
- develop expertise in the use and application of cutting-edge analytical tools and software.
Time Limit for Degree Completion: 6 years
Campus Location: Main and Center City, with some courses offered online
Full-Time/Part-Time Status: The degree program can be completed on a full- or part-time basis.
Job Prospects: Graduates of the master's program are trained to serve as professional statisticians in industry, research organizations or government.
Non-Matriculated Student Policy: This program requires the student to be matriculated in the degree program.
Financing Opportunities: Assistantships are typically reserved for those engaged in doctoral study.
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
This program is not accepting applications for the 2023-2024 academic year.
Letters of Reference:
Number Required: 2
From Whom: Academic or professional references are acceptable.
Coursework Required for Admission Consideration: Students must have completed a minimum of two semesters of university-level Calculus or its equivalent. Adequate preparation in Linear Algebra and in Programming are also required. Prerequisites include:
|CIS 5011||Programming and Data Structure (or equivalent)||3|
|MATH 5001||Linear Algebra (or equivalent)||3|
Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: The equivalent of a four-year U.S. baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college is required. For three-year degrees, mark sheets must be evaluated by WES or another NACES organization.
Statement of Goals: Essay prompts can be found in the online application portal.
Standardized Test Scores:
GRE/GMAT: Required. Consult an admissions advisor with any questions.
Applicants who earned their baccalaureate degree from an institution where the language of instruction was other than English, with the exception of those who subsequently earned a master’s degree in a country where the language of instruction is English, must report scores for a standardized test of English that meet these minimums:
- TOEFL iBT: 90
- IELTS Academic: 6.5
- Duolingo: 110
- PTE Academic: 68
Any student admitted with a TOEFL score below 100 iBT must pass an English skills course during the first term of enrollment at Temple University.
Resume: Current resume or CV is required.
Transfer Credit: Upper-level graduate credits from an accredited graduate program, but not previously applied to a conferred degree, may be transferred into the MS program. The credits must be part of the required degree program at Temple University. To be transferred, the grade must be a "B" or better. The Admissions Committee makes recommendations with regard to transfer credits to the Director of the Graduate Program in Statistical Science. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6.
General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30
|STAT 5602||Visualization: The Art of Numbers and the Psychology of Persuasion||3|
|STAT 8003||Statistical Methods and Concepts||3|
|STAT 8004||Statistical Modeling and Inference||3|
|STAT 8109||Applied Statistics and Data Science||3|
|STAT 8121||Statistical Computing and Optimization||3|
|Select four from the following: 1||12|
|Long-Term Actuarial Modeling|
|Advanced Long-Term Actuarial Modeling|
|Short-Term Actuarial Modeling|
|Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining|
|Text Mining and Language Processing|
|Advanced Statistics for Urban Applications|
|High Dimensional Inference|
|Survey Techniques for Business Applications|
|Categorical Data Analysis|
|Time Series Analysis and Forecasting|
|Design and Analysis of Complex Experiments|
|Data Wrangling and Curation|
or CIS 5516
|Principles of Data Management|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Business Analytics Capstone|
|Internship or Externship in Business 2|
|Capstone in Analytics|
|Total Credit Hours||30|
Other electives may be selected with the approval of the program's Academic Director.
Selection of BA 5685 requires approval from the program's Academic Director.
Culminating Event: Satisfactory completion of coursework is required to earn the Statistics and Data Science MS.
Program Web Address:
Fox School of Business and Management
1801 Liacouras Walk
701 Alter Hall (006-22)
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Submission Address for Application Materials:
527 Alter Hall
Assistant Director, Business Analytics and Data Science Programs:
Specialized Master's Programs Coordinator:
Senior Associate Director for Specialized Master's Programs