Portland State University

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The Master of Science in Statistics program is designed for students who wish to pursue careers as practicing statisticians in industry and government or academia.

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The department projects its future 600-level offerings. These projections enable students to plan programs that include any necessary 500-level prerequisites. Students also need to plan a program that will prepare them to pass the two MS examinations. Students entering the program with core courses STAT 561, 562, 563 and STAT 564, 565, 566 successfully completed and considering future pursuit of the Ph.D. are encouraged to take MTH 511, 512 and in addition to the required 600 level sequence, at least one additional sequence from among STAT 661, 662, 663, Stat 664, 665, 666, and MTH 667, 668, 669. All students are urged to meet with the graduate program advisor regarding degree requirements and for help with program planning.

Programme Structure

Students must pass two examinations, one in Mathematical Statistics which covers STAT 561, 562, 563 and one in Applied Statistics which includes the core topics covered in STAT 564, 565, and 566 . Examinations are scheduled twice per year, the week before the Fall term and during the first week of Spring term. It is possible for students to sign up for examinations up to 10 days before the exam is scheduled. Students may cancel signups for MS exams up to 48 hours before an exam is given. Students may take any examination at most two times. Students must be registered for and complete at least one graduate credit during the term in which they take an exam. An information sheet detailing the MS examination policy as well as syllabi for the two examinations may be emailed upon request. The last three years of previous MS examinations are also available upon request. For clarity, below is the grading policy for the MS Exam in Applied Statistics.

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IELTS or TOEFL needed


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
3 (required)
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
80 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Submit your application and $50 USD application fee online.
  • Submit all high school transcripts/grades/records along with your graduation certificate/diploma/exam results or certificate(s).
  • Submit evidence of English language proficiency that meets the university’s minimum requirements if you wish to enter university level coursework upon admission.
  • Fill out the Financial Certification and Immigration Information Form and mail or submit it online to PSU.
  • Submit Financial Documentation for I-20

Tuition Fee

  • International

    601 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 601 USD per credit and a duration of  .
  • National

    280 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 280 USD per credit and a duration of  .


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