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Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics

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Program Description:

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics is a 12-hour certificate that will allow students to take foundational statistics and mathematics coursework to provide a strong background for data analytics work. In addition, the certificate provides an opportunity for students who may not be interested in a full master's degree, but want to strengthen their skills in statistics and mathematics. Like the existing Master of Science in Data Analytics (MSDA), this certificate will provide students opportunities to obtain fundamental and specialized skills in analyzing large data sets and communicating results and interpretations in a wide range of professions ranging from criminal justice, businesses, education, health agencies and institutions, and the natural and social sciences.

In addition, practicing high school or community college teachers who are looking to earn graduate credit in mathematics in order to teach college-credit mathematics courses in their current institutions. The 12-hour certificate will allow them to take 4 of the 6 courses needed to fulfill the SACSCOC requirement of 18 hours in the field.

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Admission Requirements 
Admission requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics are designed to identify applicants who have the ability, interest, and qualities necessary to complete the program. Admission is competitive and selective. Applicants must demonstrate that they possess the abilities, interests, and qualities necessary to successfully complete the program. 

Applicants seeking admission will provide the following application materials for review by the Graduate Curriculum Committee. Please submit all documents to the Graduate Admissions office at ​​​:
  • A completed Apply Texas application (Click on Apply Now below)
  • ​​Submit (1,000 words or less) personal statement that addresses why you want to study applied statistics
  • Baccalaureate degree conferred by a regionally-accredited institution.
  • Official University transcript(s) from which the applicant earned Bachelor's degree and any advanced degree (if applicable). Official transcripts must reflect:
    • the last 60 semester credit hours of course work and
    • evidence of Bachelor's degree awarded and the cumulative GPA.
As admission to the certificate is competitive, candidates with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher and B or higher in an Undergraduate Statistics or Probability course will be preferred.
  • Resume documenting any work experience that emphasizes personal and professional accomplishments.
  • One letter of recommendation or recommendation form ​an individual well-acquainted with your work and who are able to address your academic potential, for example, work supervisors and professors.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score, if you are a graduate of a university where English is not the primary language of instruction (preferred TOEFL scores are: an internet-based score of 81, a paper-based score of 553 or an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher.

If a student wishes to appeal their admissions decision, all written appeals must be directed to the Director of the Graduate program by emailing For example, if a student feels that there was an error in any documentation received.

Application Deadlines

Summer 2021 US residents May 15 and International April 1
Fall 2021 US residents July 15 August 1st  and International May 1
Spring 2022 US residents November 15 and International October 1

Please view all of the application requirements on the UHD Admissions website before submitting your application.

Degree Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics requires a minimum of 12 graduate semester credit hours including:


  • STAT 5301 Statistical Foundations for Data Analytics and 
  • 9 hours from the following course options:


Required Courses
STAT 5302
Mathematical Statistics
STAT 5307
​Time Series Analysis
​​STAT 5309
​​Design and Analysis of Experiments
STAT 5310
​Applied Regression Analysis
STAT 5311
​Multivariate Analysis and Nonparametric Statistics
STAT 6312
STAT 6390
​Special Topics
STAT 6399
Directed Study

For course descriptions please see the Graduate Catalog.

Questions About Graduate Admission

Graduate Admissions Office

For any other information about the Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics contact the Assistant Director of Graduate Studies, Angel Griffin at


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Last updated 10/15/2021 7:00 AM