Loyola University Chicago

The Graduate School

Applied Statistics

Applied statisticians and biostatisticians are in high demand, both in the Chicago area and nationwide.

With only a small number of qualified candidates in the field, graduates of Loyola’s MS in Applied Statistics program enjoy a wide array of career options. Whereas other statistics programs in the Chicago area tend to focus more on theoretical statistics, Loyola’s emphasis on applied statistics gives students an advantage in many evidence-based fields such as the industrial, biomedical, educational, financial, and contract (CRO) sectors.

  • Length of Program. Full-time students usually complete the program in three semesters of full-time study, equivalent to 1½ years. Part-time students typically complete the program in 3–5 years, depending upon their level of studies.
  • Statistical Consulting Practicum. In addition to required coursework, students in this program are required to participate in a course in Statistical Consulting in which consulting techniques are explored and discussedInitially, researchers present important background and research hypotheses to the class as a whole so that the class can discuss the project in a case study format. Subsequently, students report their findings and experiences back to the class upon completion of the project.
  • Assistantships. Many full-time statistics students receive some form of support, such as a teaching assistantship or tuition award. As they near graduation, students receive extensive assistance from Loyola faculty members to secure employment in applied statistics.

Students pursuing undergraduate studies in Statistics or Mathematics at Loyola are encouraged to apply for this 5-year combined degree. Beyond the requirements for the BS degree, students in this program are required to complete seven additional graduate Statistics courses, which can typically be completed in two semesters.

Learn more about faculty, curriculum, and how to apply.