Graduate Certificate in Statistical Science

The Graduate Certificate in Statistical Science is a two-semester course of part-time study that equips students with applied statistical techniques beyond those covered in a standard undergraduate program. A graduate of the certificate program is prepared to perform statistical data analysis in a variety of professional contexts. Students may enroll in just the certificate program or be simultaneously enrolled in a graduate degree program at UC.

Admission Requirements

Students applying for the program should have or be expecting to obtain a bachelor’s degree in a discipline that employs data analysis. GRE is not required; however, students should have taken STAT 2037 and STAT 3038 (Probability & Statistics I and II) or equivalent courses (i.e., two semesters of calculus-based probability and statistics) with a grade of B or higher in each course. Students who are currently enrolled in good standing in the Statistics M.S. or Statistics Ph.D. degree programs at the University of Cincinnati, or those who have previously completed either degree at the University of Cincinnati, are not eligible for admission to the certificate program.

Proficiency in English is expected of international students whose native language is not English. A minimum score of 80 on the Internet-based TOEFL is required for admission. Also acceptable for admission are an overall band score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), a score of 56 on the PEARSON Test of English (PTE), or a score of 110 on the Duolingo English Test. The English proficiency requirement is met for applicants with degrees earned in English from accredited universities and colleges in the US or other English-speaking countries

Application Instructions

Applicants will need to meet the minimum requirements to be considered for the program. Completed applications will be reviewed beginning February 1.

Most students enter in the Fall semester since the core courses are full-year sequences. Please contact us if you are interested in admission for the Spring semester.

All application materials from international students requiring a US visa must be received prior to April 1 (but sooner is better) in order to allow time for the necessary paperwork to be processed. The visa application process can often take 90 days or more to complete.

How to apply: 

1. Create an online application

2. Include these documents in your application:

  • Unofficial copy of transcript (official transcript will be required if you are admitted to the program). 
  • Statement of purpose/cover letter 
  • English Proficiency for international students.

3. Pay the application fee

UC’s CEEB college code is 1833, as established by The College Board. CEEB codes are used to ensure that test scores are sent to the correct institution. 

Program Description

Students are required to complete a minimum of 12 graduate credits with a GPA of 3.0 or higher with no individual course grade lower than B-. 

The following courses are required:

  • STAT6031 Applied Regression Analysis
  • STAT6032 Design and Analysis of Experiments∗
  • STAT6045 Statistical Computing

One further course must be chosen from the following list:

  • STAT6041 Time Series
  • STAT6042 Survival Analysis and Logistic Regression
  • STAT6043 Applied Bayesian Analysis
  • STAT6044 Nonparametric Statistics
  • STAT6051 Statistical Consulting
  • STAT6071 Statistics and Machine Learning
  • Any other graduate (6000-level or higher) STAT course, with advisor approval.
  • Any other graduate (6000-level or higher) course with significant statistical content, with approval of the Graduate Program Director.

Students entering the program with appropriate background may have specific course requirements waived but are still required to complete 12 graduate credits of statistics courses.

∗If appropriate for the student’s educational goals, STAT 6032 may be replaced by another STAT course at the 6000-level or higher with permission of the Graduate Program Director.

Visit the curriculum guide to learn about the required courses. More details concerning the requirements of the program are explained in the Mathematical Sciences Department’s Graduate Handbook. See the course descriptions for information on the content.

Financial Support

It is university policy that students enrolled only in a graduate certificate program are not eligible for tuition or stipend support with university funds. 

About Cincinnati

Cincinnati is a big city with a small-town feel.  The cost of living is low, but the quality of life is high. Forbes named Cincinnati the #5 most affordable city and the #9 best city for raising a family. Cincinnati has ranked the best place to live in Ohio by U.S. News & World Report, also the fourth-best city in the country for parks. UC is home to over 10,500 graduate students, 20% of which are international students.


For further information, please contact the Graduate Program Director, Dr. Robert Buckingham:

See the full list of our graduate programs