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Master’s in Statistics Program

New program beginning in Fall 2022

 Applications being accepted starting September 2021

Master’s in Statistics Program

The mission of the M.S. in Statistics program is to provide students with comprehensive training in advanced statistical theory and methodology, exposure to cutting-edge research or collaborative experience to practical applications of statistics, and prepare students for careers as a professional statistician for industry, government, as well as for the non-profit sector. This program also prepares students for doctoral study in statistics or related fields.


Why Choose Northwestern


The department is distinguished by the faculty's strong and diverse research interest in statistical theory, applications and recent frontier fields in data science. Most faculty have interdisciplinary collaborations with researchers in other fields, including life sciences, computer sciences, social sciences and policy, medicine, and business, with about half have joint appointments in other Departments.

Rigor and Flexibility of the Curriculum and Program

The M.S. in Statistics program fosters rigor in training while providing flexibility in curriculum and study duration. Students can tailor the elective curriculum to specialize in an area of their interest, whether aiming for professional career in industry or for advanced study. The program provides flexibility of study duration from a minimum of four quarters to two years such that students can fulfill their study goal according to their interest and pace including completing an optional thesis.



The Department of Statistics is located on Northwestern University's 240-acre campus in Evanston, 12 miles north of downtown Chicago. Chicago and its metropolitan suburbs are famous for its welcoming cultural diversity that attracts visitors and immigrants from all over the world. Northwestern, a private university, is one of the nation's outstanding educational and research institutions. With its safe and quiet suburban setting and proximity to the scientific and cultural activities of Chicago, Northwestern is an excellent environment for the student and scholar.

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