MS in Statistics: Information Sessions

Thinking about graduate school? Interested in data and statistics? Attend an information session to learn more about the MS in Statistics programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign!

  • Thursday, January 18
    • 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    • 1022 Lincoln Hall
  • Tuesday, January 23
    • 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    • 1022 Lincoln Hall
  • Thursday, January 25
    • 5:00 PM – 5:50 PM
    • 1022 Lincoln Hall

We’ll discuss:

  • Statistics and Analytics programs
  • Application process
  • Available courses
  • Internship opportunities
  • Funding opportunities via the MAGNet program
  • Any questions you might have!

Spring 2018, Registration

Spring 2018 registration is underway! Some potentially useful information:

If you have questions, be sure to check the Masters in Statistics FAQ or the Registering for Courses FAQ. Going forward, we will try to keep these as updated as possible. Additionally, this post will be updated with answers to Spring 2018 specific questions.

What is the difference between STAT 432 (Basics of Statistical Learning) and STAT 542 (Statistical Learning)?

  • Both courses teach Statistical Learning, and cover much of the same material. STAT 542 is restricted to graduate students, while undergraduates may take STAT 432. STAT 542 often covers additional theoretical details. In general, STAT 542 moves at a faster pace and assumes a stronger theoretical ability. Both courses use R as their main programming language, however STAT 542 mostly assumes you learn the R details yourself, while STAT 432 focuses more on teaching R details.

Can I take courses from other departments?

  • Yes, however depending on the course, it may not counts towards the MS in Statistics. It will count towards your full-time status. Note that courses outside of the Statistics department are not controlled by the Statistics department, so they may be difficult to register for.

Can I register for CS 412? Should I register for CS 412?

  • Your ability to register for CS 412 is controlled by the Computer Science department. Please contact them if you have registration difficulties.
  • Be aware that this course has much more difficult programming requirements than most statistics courses. Note that CS 225 is prerequisites. While you don’t need to explicitly take CS 225, you should be comfortable with the concepts and level of programming required. Consider discussing with the instructor about

What are the STAT 430 sections this semester?

  • See here: STAT 430 – Topics in Applied Statistics
  • Note that STAT 430 RB2 “Advanced Data Science” is a continuation of STAT 430 RB “Foundations of Data Science.” If you are unfamiliar with the material from the Foundations course, you should not take the advanced course.