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Statistics, M.S.

College of Arts and Sciences

If you're passionate about data and want to be at the forefront of solving complex problems, an advanced degree in statistics will develop the skills and knowledge you need to excel in a rapidly growing field.

Data is big business, and our graduates are in demand in health care, finance, technology, government and academia. Job possibilities include data collection, analysis and interpretation for problem solving and data-driven decision making. Gain the theoretical and practical training required for these careers.

Program Highlights

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    Rigorous Curriculum

    Cover statistical theory, applied statistics and computational methods with an emphasis on data analysis and modeling.

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    An Expert Faculty

    Learn from a faculty full of experts in the field of statistics with extensive research and teaching experience.

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    Bright Futures

    Gain valuable skills and knowledge that can help you advance in your current career or pursue a new position.

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    Supportive Program

    Receive personalized attention in an active, friendly, engaging and supportive learning environment.

What You’ll Study

Study a broad range of both statistical theory and application, and enjoy the flexibility to address your particular interests. Courses include data analysis, mathematical statistics and linear statistical models. You'll apply statistical knowledge to substantial problems and learn to successfully communicate knowledge to others. A non-thesis option is available.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Data Analysis

    Examining and interpreting information to uncover insights and inform decision making

    Data Simulation

    Using mathematical or statistical models to replicate real-world scenarios and predict outcomes


    Writing code, developing software and creating applications for automation and problem-solving

  • Statistical Inference

    Drawing conclusions, making predictions and uncovering insights by analyzing and interpreting data

    Interdisciplinary Communication

    Connecting disciplines, exchanging knowledge and bridging perspectives for holistic understanding

    Problem Solving

    Identifying, analyzing and resolving problems or challenges using creative and effective strategies

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Data Scientist
  • Statistician
  • Biostatistician
  • Data Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Market Research Analyst

Workplace Settings

  • Healthcare
  • Finance
  • Government
  • Insurance
  • Research
  • Technology

Advanced Degrees

Advance your career or options with post-graduate education.

USC offers a blend of application and theory. It is a small program at a big research university. Not only does everyone in the department support each other, but the university also has so many additional learning resources available.

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Is USC Right For You?

There are many reasons we could be your ideal university. There's the award-winning academics, the globally modeled student life, and abundance of study abroad and experiential learning options. Take a closer look at what USC could mean for you.

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