Loyola
University Chicago
Master
of Science Program in Applied Statistics and Predictive Modelling
Useful websites to get info:
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Funding Info from the Graduate School
Graduate School  Important Policies (including info for
International Students)
Important Notes:
Our 29credit, threesemester Master of Science program (based on fulltime
study) is novel in that it requires students to have completed just one
introductory statistics course plus two calculus courses (differential and
integral) during undergraduate studies for entrance into our program;
multivariate calculus is not required to gain admission (although some students
have indeed covered the third calculus course). While some of our students come
from quantitative backgrounds, others have come from fields such as English
Literature, Psychology, and Public Policy, have done well in our program, and
are now gainfully employed applied statisticians. Our program can also be
completed on a parttime basis, as has been the case for several of our
students and graduates. Indeed, although some of the classes are taught in the
late afternoon and evenings, others are taught during the day, so parttime
students (who are working fulltime) need to have some flexibility in their
work schedules, making up time outside of traditional working hours.
How to Apply:
It is best (and free) to do so online and using the link above. Note that the
general GRE exam is required. Although we have no prescribed minimum GRE score
thresholds, students whose quantitative GRE percentiles are low would struggle
in our program.
International Students:
The first place to start is to get your foreign transcripts translated over to
the US system using either ECE (www.ece.org) or EP (https://www.edperspective.org/); we
cannot assess foreign transcripts otherwise nor can we give any indication of
the likelihood of admission or any funding. Further, students who have
completed undergraduate and/or graduate studies outside of the United States
(or Australia, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, or New Zealand) need to
complete the TOEFL exam (with at least a 79
on the internetbased exam or at least a 550
on the writtenbased test) or IELTS (with at least a 6.5).
Application Deadlines for
Consideration of Merit Award Funding: 15^{th}
February, and this is a firm
deadline. Merit Award Funding is only provided starting in the Fall semesters.
Review of Calculus:
Before taking STAT404 and STAT405, it is important that students review
differential and integral calculus, and this is especially true for students
who are a little rusty and took these classes some time ago. Students are
suggest to obtain Schaum's Calculus Review and work
through lines, circles, equations and graphs, limits, continuity, derivatives
and rules, implicit differentiation, applications of derivatives, trigonometry,
rates, integrals, logs and exponentials, l Hopitals
rule, exponential growth/decay, applications of integration, techniques,
improper integrals, double integrals, infinite series and sequences.
Preparing for STAT408
(Regression) and STAT407 (Design): Students are
advised to familiarize themselves with basic matrix/linear algebra before the
start of the class; these topics are covered in most course textbooks and
online materials posted on the Web. No worry, you do not need to become a
linear algebra wiz, just familiar with how to perform linear regression using
matrices.
Sequencing of and Notes
about Courses:

Graduate classes are not
offered during the Summer semester, as most students serve
as interns during the Summer months and faculty are travelling to conferences.

Fallonly courses: STAT403
(Computing), STAT404 (Probability), STAT407 (Design), STAT408 (Regression),
STAT411 (Survival), Predictive Analytics, and Statistical Consulting.

Springonly courses:
STAT405 (Inference), STAT410 (Categorical), and Nonparametric Methods.

As often as possible: STAT406
(Stochastic Processes), STAT421 (Simulation and Modelling), STAT426 (Advanced
Theory), Data Visualization & Missing Data, Sampling Methods, Longitudinal
Data Analysis, Spatial Statistics Methods, Bayesian Methods, Nonlinear
Regression Methods, Hierarchical Modelling, and other special topics classes.

Students wishing to take
course(s) outside of STAT need prior approval of the Graduate Program Director.
Here is the typical sequence
for students entering during the Fall semester:

First Fall Semester 
Spring Semester 
Second Fall Semester 

STAT403 
STAT405 
STAT407 

STAT404 
Elective 
Elective 

STAT408 
Elective 
Elective 


Statistical Consulting Capstone
(2 credits) 

Total Credits 
9 credits 
9 credits 
11 credits 
Scheduling Notes:
It is possible to start our program in the Spring
semester, and such students work with the Graduate Program Director (GPD) to
work out their individual schedules. Additionally, some of our Fallentrant
students do choose to remain in our program for a fourth semester, but
International Students in such situations are advised that visa requirements
are such that, with the exception of the final semester, these students much
take at least 9 credits to maintain their visas; students who meet these
criteria must work with the GPD on their schedule.
Important Deadlines
Regarding Graduation:
* Application deadline
is 2/1 if graduating in August of the same year
* Application
deadline is 8/1 if graduating in December of the same year
* Application
deadline is 12/1 if graduating in May of the following year