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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

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


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Program Information

Accreditation Information:

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


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 1
Summer: ---

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 1
Spring: August 1
Summer: ---

Admission Requirements

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

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

To be admitted for graduate study in the Statistics program, students:

  • Should have at least 3.50 GPA average in courses taken during the last two years of their undergraduate or graduate studies.
  • Must have a B.A. or B.S. 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 advanced calculus and in statistics is preferable, but not mandatory.
  • GRE is required with a quantitative score of at least 650 required for admission. Students whose native language is not English must score at least 550 (paper based) or at least 79 (internet based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam. However, for students who have a BA or higher degree from an accredited U.S. institution that requirement is waived.

International students whose native language is not English must submit satisfactory scores on the Test of Spoken English (TSE) or the SPEAK test to be eligible for teaching assignments. Students who score 50 or above on the Speak Test are allowed to teach in the classroom. Those who score 45 to 50 are allowed to teach on the condition that they enroll concurrently in ENS 4502. (See the Graduate Catalog for more details.)

The University of South Florida and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics encourage applications from qualified individuals from all cultural, racial, religious, ethnic groups, gender, sex orientation, disabilities in accordance with all university regulations.

The most recent supplementary document for the Statistics graduate students. THE HANDBOOKS FOR BOTH M.A. AND Ph.D. GRADUATE STUDENTS IN STATISTICS/PROBABILITY PROGRAMS at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA, dated October 2007 (revised October 2009) are available at the following websites: and

Prospective graduate students in Statistics are welcome to read the information on the Handbooks. In addition, a HARD COPY OF THESE HANDBOOKS will be provided to graduate students at the time of their FIRST time academic advisement process.


Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements







Statistical Methods I
Statistical Methods II
Mathematical Statistics I
Mathematical Statistics II
Linear Statistical Models





Probability Theory I
Probability Theory II
Nonparametric Statistics
Multivariate Analysis
Time Series Analysis
Survival Analysis
Stochastic Processes
Stochastic Dynamic Modeling
Time Series Analysis I
Nonlinear Time Series Analysis
Independent Study – (as indicated by professor)
Special Topics Courses



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. Up to 6 credit hours at the 4000 level or graduate courses from other departments at USF can be counted upon approval. A student who elects the thesis option must register for a minimum of 6 credit hours in MAT 6971, only 6 hours of which may be applied toward the 30-hour degree requirement. 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.



Graduation from the masters program also requires the completion of both written and oral examinations. For the non-thesis option, there is no language or thesis requirement for the M.A. degree.

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.

Non-thesis Option
At least 30 hours of statistics and Mathematics graduate courses. Specifically:

  • The Statistics and Mathematics graduate courses of 5000 level or higher, offered regularly for statistics and mathematics majors from our department are counted towards the 30 hours requirement.
  • Up to 6 hours of 4000 level or higher courses, taken from our department or other departments at USF, may be counted towards the 30 hours requirement with approval by the Statistics Faculty.
  • Completing at least 3 hours of Research Project work which is counted towards the 30 credit hours requirement.
    • Taking the course MAT 5912 – Research Project (Non-Thesis Option) and presenting a paper exemplifying the creative component of the degree program.. 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.
    • Taking the sequences Statistical Methods and Mathematical Statistics with at least a “B” average for each sequence.
    • Passing one Qualifying Exam on Statistical Methods or Math Statistics at master's level.

Under this degree option, the student is required to present a paper representing the creative component of the degree program. This may be, but is not restricted to, a literature review, a report of independent research, the 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.





Thesis: Master's


Thesis Option
Student's Graduate Committee
Students working toward a thesis degree will have the benefit of a committee of members of the graduate faculty, appointed by the program director/departmental chairperson and approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies. 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.

  • At least 30 hours of stat and math graduate courses (see above for details).
  • Taking the sequences Statistics Methods and Mathematical Statistics with at least a “B” average for each sequence.
  • At least 6 hours in MAT 6971, Master's Thesis, only 6 hours of which are counted in the 30 hours requirement.
  • Oral Defense of the Thesis.
  • Final Submission of Approved Thesis.

Under this degree option 6 research credits may be applied to the total of 30 required on the student's program of study. These reductions are made to allow the student sufficient time to complete a formal master's thesis. 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.






College Degree Requirements

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


USF Degree Requirements

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to 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: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: 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.


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,