What will I learn?

The Master of Science degree in statistics at Montana State University gives students a solid background in the applications as well as the theory of statistics. Students in this program prepare either for further graduate work or for academic, industrial, business, or government employment. Upon entrance, each student meets with the department's Graduate Program Committee to discuss career objectives and first year course work. During the second semester in the program each student forms a Graduate Committee and together, they outline the student's degree program. The prerequisites for the master's degree program in statistics consist of the following semester courses or their equivalent: Multivariable Calculus (M 273Q), Linear or Matrix Algebra (M 221), Methods of Data Analysis (STAT 411 and STAT 412), Probability (STAT 421), and Mathematical Statistics (STAT 422). Students who have not completed these courses may be accepted into the master's program with the understanding they should make up these courses by adding one or two additional semesters to their program of study.

Either Plan A (thesis and 20 credits of course work) or Plan B (30 credits of course work) can be chosen. In either case, all courses on a graduate program must be numbered 400 or higher and STAT courses must be numbered 408 or higher. The specific program of study depends on the student's previous training and experience. Regardless of the plan chosen, (i) at least half of the required non-thesis credits must be STAT courses, (ii) at least two-thirds of the required non-thesis credits must be numbered 500 or higher, and (iii) the following core course credits are required.

Which department am I in?

College of Letters and Science

Study options

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$17,692.00 per year
Start date

16 May 2022


College of Letters and Science

Montana State University,

2-205 Wilson Hall,



59717, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

A bachelor's degree (or higher) or the equivalent from an accredited, government-recognized university. These degrees are generally four-year-long programs.
B average or higher from your undergraduate study (3.0/4.0 GPA, or equivalent).

English Proficiency for Graduate Applicants:

Internet-based TOEFL Test (iBT): 80

Paper-based TOEFL Test (PBT): 550

IELTS: 6.5

PTE Academic: 54

Application Deadlines Fall Semester: May 15; Spring Semester: October 1; Summer Session: February 1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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