Master's Degrees


What is Statistics?

Statistics is the science of learning from data, and of measuring, controlling, and communicating uncertainty. Statisticians apply statistical thinking and methods to a wide variety of scientific, social, and business endeavors in such areas as astronomy, biology, education, economics, engineering, genetics, marketing, medicine, psychology, public health, and sports. Many economic, social, political, and military decisions cannot be made without statistical techniques, such as the design of experiments to gain federal approval of a newly manufactured drug.

Career Possibilities

The Master of Science in Statistics program prepares students for careers as statisticians in industry and government, as well as for entry into a Ph.D. program in Statistics or Biostatistics. This highly successful program has placed students in statistical positions with many of Cincinnati's major employers, such as the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Medpace, A C Nielsen Bases, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


Admission Requirements

Students who apply to the MS in Statistics program should have a BA or BS with a grade point average of 3.0 (or an average grade of B). An undergraduate major in Statistics is highly desirable. However, while a strong mathematical background is preferred, we welcome applications from students with any undergraduate major who have completed the prerequisite courses: multi-variable calculus; differential equations; calculus-based probability and statistics; and linear algebra.

The GRE general test is required for admission. A minimum score of 155 is required on the quantitative section (700 on the old GRE scoring system). 

International Student Requirements

Proficiency in English is expected of international students whose native language is not English. A minimum score of 68 on the internet-based TOEFL is required. Also acceptable for admission  are an overall band score of 6.5 on the International English Testing System (IELTS) or a score of 47 on the PEARSON Test of English (PTE). The English proficiency requirement is met for applicants with degrees earned in English from accredited universities and colleges in the US, Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand or other English speaking countries.

Application Deadlines

Applications should be submitted as early as possible. To be considered in the initial review when most of the students are selected, applications should be received by February 1. Decisions on applicants whose files are complete by February 1 are usually made by March 1. The final deadline for submission of applications is March 31. A second round of review takes place in April with decisions made by April 30.



The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Quick Facts

Master of Science Degree in Statistics

Full-Time Program Duration

2 Years


Uptown Campus West


4121 French Hall -West
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0025
Phone: (513) 556-4053
Kamellia Smith