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Graduate Catalog 2018/2019


Statistics (STC)

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Master of Arts (M.A.)
CIP Code: 27.0501
College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 30

Contact Information:
College of Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics Department (MTH)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue PHY114
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Gangaram Ladde
Phone: 813-974-2664
Email: gladde@usf.edu

Website: http://www.math.usf.edu


Faculty Search: Arts and Sciences Faculty List


Major Information

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers a Ph.D. in Mathematics with concentrations in Pure and Applied mathematics and in Statistics. The major provides the experience and knowledge to understand and appreciate prior accomplishments in the discipline and develops the skills necessary for a meaningful contribution to the intellectual advancement and applications of the discipline. It prepares its graduates to pursue long-term careers in their field by providing solid and cutting-edge knowledge. Graduates receive training that enables them to conduct independent research and write research papers publishable in peer-reviewed journals of their discipline, as well as a technical education enabling them to take on leading positions in a modern economy.

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: February 1
Spring: October 1
Summer: ---

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • Students should have at least 3.50 GPA average in courses taken during the last two years of their undergraduate or graduate studies.
  • Students must have a BA or BS in one of the following areas: Statistics, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Engineering, or Business.
  • Students who expect to specialize in graduate work in statistics are advised to study as much mathematics as possible during their undergraduate years. Some interdisciplinary experience in natural sciences, engineering, economics, or psychology is also highly desirable. Students who do not have at least three semesters of successful course work in calculus will be required to complete additional courses in mathematics before being admitted. Prior course work in intermediate analysis, advanced calculus, and in statistics is strongly recommended, but not mandatory.

At least a 55th percentile Quantitative score on the GRE; Verbal and Analytic Writing scores on the GRE are also considered. The University of South Florida and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics encourage applications from qualified individuals with disabilities and qualified individuals from all cultural, racial, religious, ethnic, and gender groups, and sexual orientations in accordance with all university regulations.

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

Total Minimum Hours - 30 hours

Core 15 hours
Electives 15 hours

Core Requirements
Sequences:
STA 5166 Statistical Methods3
STA 6167 Statistical Methods II3
STA 5326 Mathematical Statistics I3
STA 6327 Mathematical Statistics II (proposed course)3
STA 6208 Linear Statistical Models3
The student must earn a 3.00 average in Statistics Methods I and II and the student must earn a 3.00 average in Mathematical Statistics I, Mathematical Statistics II, and Linear Statistical Models.

Electives:
STA 5446 Probability Theory I3
STA 6447 Probability Theory II3
STA 5526 Nonparametric Statistics3
STA 6746 Multivariate Analysis3
STA 6876 Time Series Analysis3
MAT 6932 Special Topics (Survival Analysis)3
STA 6206 Stochastic Processes3
STA 6823 Stochastic Dynamic Modeling (proposed course)3
MAT 6932 Special Topics (Time Series Analysis II)3
MAT 6932 Special Topics (Nonlinear Time Series Analysis)3
MAT 6908 Independent Study (as indicated by professor)
MAT 6932 Special Topics Courses3

Non-thesis/Thesis
Students opt for either a non-thesis research project or thesis.

Non-thesis Research Project 3 hours minimum
Completing at least 3 hours of Research Project work which is counted towards the 30 credit-hours requirement.

  • Taking the course MAT 6908 Independent Study (Non-Thesis Option) and presenting a paper exemplifying the creative component of the major. This may be, but is not restricted to, a literature review, a report of independent research, design and (or) analysis of a sample survey or experiment, a report on consulting with research workers outside the department, or a report on the construction of a computer program requiring statistical numerical analysis.
  • Passing one Qualifying Exam on Statistical Methods or Math Statistics at master's level.

    Thesis Option 6 hours minimum
    MAT 6971Thesis 6 hours
    Students may opt to complete a thesis in lieu of 6 hours of electives.

    A master's thesis is a scholarly composition that demonstrates the ability of the author to do independent and creative work. It explores in some depth a problem or issue related to the major field of study. Although considerable variations in format and style are acceptable, precise expression, logical construction, and meticulous attention to detail are essential. A thesis in statistics should deal with some aspect of statistical methodology or theory, or the development of statistical models for a class of problems related to a scientific question. While most theses will include a case study or example that involves scientific data, the analysis of a particular data set does not, alone, constitute the level of scholarly accomplishment required for a thesis.

    Student's Graduate Committee
    Students working toward a thesis will have the benefit of a committee of members of the graduate faculty, appointed by the graduate director/departmental chairperson and approved by the Dean of the College. The Committee will approve the course of study for the student and plan for research, supervise the research and any comprehensive qualifying exams, and read and approve the thesis for content and format.

  • Successful Oral Defense of the Thesis
  • Final Submission of Approved Thesis.

    Other requirements
    A candidate must complete at least 30 credit hours for a MA. At least twenty hours must be in formal regularly scheduled course work, ten of which must be at the 6000-level. The student must maintain a 3.00 average to remain a candidate for a degree. Failure to do this will result in being placed on probation. A letter from the major professor is required to remove a student from probation after he/she regains a 3.00 average. Department may waive some of the course requirements for those students who have taken equivalent course work at another institution. In such instances, students will be required to complete other coursework to meet the minimum hours required for the degree.

    Comprehensive Examination
    Graduation from the Master's major also requires the completion of either a thesis or both written and oral examinations.

    Written Comprehensive Examination
    The written exam is designed to cover material presented during the first year of graduate work. The purpose of the exam is to make sure the students have reviewed their first year's work before starting the second year and to point out weaknesses which should be overcome during their second year in order to graduate. Students are expected to pass this exam in at most two attempts. More specifically, the material for the above examination will be taken primarily from the following sequences of courses Semester 1: STA 5166 Statistical Methods I and STA 5326 Mathematical Statistics I; Semester 2: STA 6167 Statistical Methods II and MAT 6326 Mathematical Statistics II, and STA 6208 Linear Statistical Models.


  • College Degree Requirements

    Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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    Registration Process

    First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

    To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

    New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

    Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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    Graduate Course Information

    Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

    STA5166, STA6167, STA5326, MAT6932, STA6208, STA5446, STA6447, STA5526, STA6746, STA6876, MAT6932, MAT6932, MAT6932, STA6877, MAT6932, MAT6908, MAT6932, MAT6971,