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Online M.S. in Applied Statistics | OU Online





Bring Data to Life

The OU Online M.S. in Applied Statistics (MSAS) is a 100% online, 30-credit-hour program you can complete in as few as 18 months. Led by world-class OU faculty from the Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences, you’ll learn to make data-driven decisions by sharpening your data management and analytics skills. As you master cutting-edge tools and techniques, including R and Python, and software systems like Excel, SAS, and MATLAB, you’ll become prepared to use data to impact critical decisions and solutions in a fast-growing field.

Admission Deadline

Rolling admissions (applications due 14 days before the intended start date).

Program Start Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer

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Benefits of the Applied Statistics Master's Degree

Lead in Today's World

Gain skills highly prized by employers in an increasingly data-driven economy. Students learn scientific computing, statistical paradigms, data management/analytics, and essential tools, techniques, and software, preparing them to apply data to critical organizational decisions and solutions.

Solve Real World Challenges

Apply learned skills in cutting-edge tools, techniques, and software, including R, Python, SAS, SQL, Linux, and JAGS. Focus on applying statistical and data analytics methods to solve real-world business challenges for your organization.

Flexible Format

Learn in a flexible and affordable online program designed for working professionals. Engage in stimulating discussions with your professors and fellow students while you gain valuable knowledge to prepare you for the challenges and opportunities of a data-driven economy.


OU Online graduates find employment within six months after graduation*


OU Online graduates report earning an annual salary of $75,000 or more*


OU Online students say the skills they gained in their program made them more competitive in their career field*

*Source: OU Online Graduate Outcomes Survey, 2023

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Pursue Your 
Applied Statistics
Master's Degree

Take the next step in your career with a degree from the University of Oklahoma. Applications are reviewed year-round for fall, spring, and summer sessions. Choose your program, choose your start, and apply today.

Program Breakdown

The OU online MS in Applied Statistics (MSAS) program is structured to provide students with a firm understanding of statistical concepts and statistical analysis across disciplinary boundaries. 

With an interest in driving critical decisions, students learn to leverage technical and mathematical skills to be crucial problem solvers within their organizations, using data and technologies to drive business improvements and changes.

This program allows students to begin their curriculum in either the spring, summer, or fall terms.

Emphasizing data management and analytics skills, students will take foundational courses in the following areas:

  • Scientific computing
  • Classical and Bayesian paradigms of statistics
  • Data management and analytics
  • Ethics related to applying data
  • Project-oriented capstone course focused on consulting/communication
  • Essential tools include R, SAS, SQL, Linux Bash Shell, Stan, and JAGS

Core Courses (6 credit hours)

  • CAS 5773 - Ethics in Statistical Practice
    Learn how to ethically conduct statistical analysis in a world where data collection and privacy concerns are becoming ubiquitous. 
  • CAS 5873 - Statistical Consulting and Communication
    Learn how to collaborate and communicate effectively with non-statisticians to answer their subject matter questions. 

Electives (24 credit hours)

  • MATH 5743 - Introduction to Mathematical Statistics
    Learn mathematical development of basic concepts in statistics.
  • DSP 5673 - Introduction to Scientific Computing
    Learn the fundamental computational tools used in statistics. 
  • MATH 4753 - Applied Statistical Methods
    Learn applications of statistical methods.
  • LIS 5683 - Database Design for Informational Organization
    Learn the conceptual foundations of database design and theory and practical applications of design and theory to real-world database designs.  
  • MATH 5773 - Applied Regression Analysis
    Learn how to select the "best" regression equation.
  • LIS 5623 - Advanced Data Analytics
    Learn about applying data analytic theories and models to solve real-world problems using various unsupervised and supervised models.
  • MATH 5793 - Advanced Applied Statistics
    Survey advanced applied statistical methods.
  • DSA 5403 - Bayesian Statistics
    Course topics are models, probability, Bayes' Rule and R, inference to a binomial probability, and the generalized linear model.

How to Apply

To apply to the online Master of Science in Applied Statistics program, you must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university (or the international equivalent) and provide the following:
  • Complete the online application at
  • Official transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate institutions
  • Written personal statement on career goals and reasons for applying to the program
  • Professional resume that includes past education and work experience
  • GRE scores*
  • TOEFL exam score**

* GRE scores are optional and not required for admission but may be required by potential faculty sponsors to be considered for a Qualifying Graduate Assistantship.

**TOEFL exam required for international students

The admissions committee operates under a rolling admission process, and admissions may continue until two weeks before classes start. The committee strives to respond to all applicants within two weeks of submitting a completed application.

For more information on the admissions process, please complete the contact form below, and an admissions counselor will be in touch shortly.

If you would like to compare the estimated cost of your program with a typical financial aid package, use the cost calculator on our OU Online financial aid page. 

Graduate tuition waivers cannot be applied to OU Online programs. OU Online programs qualify for the OU Faculty/Staff Tuition Waiver & Fee Exemption and we encourage you to check your eligibility.  

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If you have questions regarding financial aid for your online program, please contact the Online Aid office by emailing or calling 405-325-2929.

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Forge new career connections with faculty, students, and the worldwide OU alumni network. Enjoy support from the dedicated professionals in OU’s Career Services to help turn your valuable degree into rewarding opportunities.

An Investment in Your Future

As you consider the M.S. in Applied Statistics, consider the potential return on investment. This program gives you knowledge and skills in high demand by employers, access to career support, and an expanded professional network as part of the global OU alumni community. In a world increasingly driven by data, this degree can pay for itself and then some.  

Tuition and fees for the program are $24,540 ($818 per credit). Books and additional materials are not included.

Once accepted into the program, students must submit a $350 non-refundable deposit within two weeks. Deposits are applied toward tuition expenses and secure a student’s place in the upcoming class. There is no application fee for this degree.

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