Applied Statistics Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Person-in-ChargePrabhani Kuruppumullage Don
Program CodeSTATC_GCT
Campus(es)World Campus

The graduate certificate in Applied Statistics helps quantitative professionals in a variety of fields become knowledgeable and skillful in applied statistics. The certificate was designed specifically for researchers working with statistical data who wish to advance their careers, and for those who seek career changes.

Effective Semester: Fall 2021
Expiration Semester: Summer 2026

Admission Requirements

Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-300 Admissions Policies. International applicants may be required to satisfy an English proficiency requirement; see GCAC-305 Admission Requirements for International Students for more information.

Qualified applicants will have successfully completed one course in statistics and have knowledge of matrix and linear algebra.

Certificate Requirements

Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements listed in Graduate Council policy GCAC-212 Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Programs.

Students earn the certificate by completing 12 credits of instructor-led online course work. Two 3-credit courses are required, and the remaining 6 credits are selected from a list of electives. Students who successfully complete the certificate earn 12 academic credits and receive the graduate certificate in Applied Statistics. Students subsequently admitted to the Department of Statistic's professional Master of Applied Statistics degree program may count up to 15 credits of certificate courses toward the M.A.S. degree, subject to restrictions outlined in GCAC-309 Transfer Credit. Certificate students who wish to have certificate courses applied towards the Master of Applied Statistics must apply and be admitted to that degree program. Admission to the Applied Statistics graduate degree program is a separate step and is not guaranteed.

Required Courses
STAT 500Applied Statistics3
STAT 501Regression Methods3
Select at least 6 credits of the following:6
Introduction to Probability Theory
Introduction to Mathematical Statistics
Introduction to SAS 1
Intermediate SAS for Data Management 1
Advanced Topics in SAS 1
Statistical Programming in SAS 1
The R Statistical Programing Language
Intermediate R Statistical Programming Language
Introduction to Statistical Analysis with Python
Analysis of Variance and Design of Experiments
Design of Experiments
Analysis of Discrete Data
Applied Multivariate Statistical Analysis
Sampling Theory and Methods
Epidemiologic Research Methods
Applied Data Mining & Statistical Learning
Design and Analysis of Clinical Trials
Applied Time Series Analysis
Problem-Solving with GIS
Total Credits12

Credits cannot be taken for both STAT 483 and STAT 480, STAT 481, or STAT 482.


Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Data analytic skills: students will be able to demonstrate their ability to apply common statistical techniques such as regression and analysis to real world problems
  2. Interpretation of Statistical results: students will be able to communicate data analysis results orally, in writing, and visually in the context of the problem to nonstatistical audience
  3. Statistical software: students will be able to use statistical software such as R, SAS and Minitab to conduct data analysis
  4. Data visualization: students will be able to select and create appropriate graphs and tables to visualize data effectively.


Campus World Campus
Graduate Program Head Prabhani Kuruppumullage Don
Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) or Professor-in-Charge (PIC) Prabhani Kuruppumullage Don
Program Contact

Amy Lyn Schmoeller
315 Thomas Building
University Park PA 16802
(814) 863-7658

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