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Gain a profound understanding of statistical and computational methods through our master’s degree in statistics.

Offered as either a master of arts (MA) or master of science (MS), this two-year program will prepare you to tackle a variety of research and analytical roles in today’s data-centric world. The degree also provides excellent preparation for pursuing a Ph.D. in statistics.

What You Will Learn

When you pursue a master’s degree in statistics from Ball State, you’ll benefit from courses covering everything from probability and stochastic processes to regression analysis to multivariate statistics.

During our program, you’ll also learn to use statistical packages, used and required often in businesses, industries, and government agencies.

What It’s Like to Major in Statistics at Ball State


Our master’s program in statistics offers flexible coursework from a variety of related subjects, depending on your particular track of interest. This will enable you to tailor your degree to your specific career goals.

As a member of our mathematical sciences department, you’ll gain essential research, analysis, and critical thinking skills. You will also acquire the required computational experience to help you enter the job market after you’ve earned your degree.

Students in our program have access to real-world learning opportunities through summer internships, which may lead to employment with a variety of businesses and organizations.

A statistician is among the top 10 jobs in the United States. This program will prepare you to be a highly qualified, in-demand job applicant.

Prepare to earn a well-regarded and in-demand industry certification by taking our “Introduction to Statistical Programming: SAS Base 9” course. The certification exam is offered on our campus. For more information SAS Base Certification.

In the mathematical sciences department, our class sizes are small, giving you the opportunity not only to get to know your peers but to receive the one-on-one attention you need from your instructors.

Program Requirements

This program consists of two-degree options, both of which require 32 total credits to graduate.

  • Master of Arts – does not require a thesis
  • Master of Science – requires a thesis

For a complete list of all the courses you will take and their descriptions, please see our Graduate Catalog.

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What Can You Do with a Master’s Degree in Statistics?

This program will prepare you to tackle a variety of research and analytical roles in the real world.

You will acquire an educational background suitable for employment as a statistician in business, industry, or government.

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Paying for Your Education

Department Graduate Assistantships

A graduate assistantship is an excellent opportunity to gain meaningful professional experience while helping cover the costs of your degree. Learn more.

Ready to Apply?

Are you interested in pursuing this degree? Then you will need to meet our admissions criteria and apply.

More Information

If you would like to learn more about this program or about Ball State’s Graduate School in general, please complete our online form to request more information. Or, if you’d like to speak with someone in our department directly by phone or email, please contact us.