Loyola University Chicago

Mathematics and Statistics

MS in Applied Statistics | Statistics Degrees at Loyola

Equipped with statistical modelling tools, evidence and big data, applied statisticians with statistics degrees from Loyola influence and drive the decision-making and analytics process at a vast array of organizations.

Applied statisticians, biostatisticians, and data analysts are in high demand, both in the Chicago area and nationwide. Currently, more jobs exist than do qualified individuals. With only a small number of qualified candidates in the field, graduates of Loyola’s Master of Science (MS) in Applied Statistics program enjoy a wide array of career options.

The MS in Applied Statistics puts students ahead of the game.

The MS in Applied Statistics is ideal for recent graduates looking to make a career in data science and/or predictive modelling. While some of our students come from quantitative backgrounds, many students come from programs in biological sciences, psychology, business, and education, as well as for working professionals who are looking to break into a new career. Individuals from a variety of areas have done well in our program and are now gainfully employed applied statisticians and data scientists.

Five Key Strengths of Statistics Degrees from Loyola

Engage in essential courses including statistical computing, applied regression and experimental design, statistical theory, survival analysis, and predictive modelling.

Specialize in biostatistics, environmental statistics/GIS, general statistics, or predictive modelling. Learn more on our Curriculum page.

Benefit from our stellar job placement record and extensive network of graduates. See where our graduates work on our Job Placement page. 

Internships and research opportunities are offered as part of the MS in Applied Statistics program. All students take a capstone Statistical Consulting course, where they work with academic, corporate, and/or research clients on issues of data-preparation, data-visualization and data-mining, and statistical analysis. The capstone equips students with professional communication, project write-up, and presentation skills. This practicum helps synthesize students' coursework in a real-world setting and prepares our graduates for the job search and job performance.

Faculty offer office hours and regular seminars in keeping with Loyola’s student-focused mission. We also include students in research activities and include them as joint authors, and the Graduate Program Director is in weekly contact with important information (such as course planning, forthcoming deadlines, internship and job opportunities, etc.). 

Industry-Tailored Specializations with Statistics Degrees from Loyola

Students choose between four specializations—Biostatistics, Environmental Statistics, General Applied Statistics, or Predictive Analytics/ Modeling—and generally complete the program in just three semesters of full-time study. The Biostatistics specialization covers non- and pre-clinical statistical methods, bioassay, statistical genetics, clinical trials, and bioinformatics. The Environmental Statistics specialization addresses Geographic Information Systems (GIS), spatial statistics, and environmetrics. The specialization in General Applied Statistics includes non-medical applications such as actuarial, commercial, data-mining, industrial, marketing, and national defense. The Predictive Modeling specialization focuses on big data analytics and modeling.

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