For more than ten years, our Master of Professional Studies (MPS) program has offered world-class training in applied statistics and preparation for the 21st-century workplace. The MPS provides a solid foundation in theoretical statistics, a broad education in many applied statistics topics, certification in SAS and a year-long, real-world data analysis project. Our graduates are employed all over the world, in industries ranging from finance to survey analysis to biomedical research.
The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Applied Statistics is for those who are interested in professional careers in business, industry, government or scientific research. Our MPS program provides rigorous training in modern data analytical skills that are sought after in almost any field. Currently, Cornell is the only Ivy League University that provides such a program. This program is recognized as a Professional Science Master's (PSM) program, approved by the Council of Graduate Schools.
The MPS Program Has Two Options
Option I focuses on techniques of Statistical Analysis.
Option II, Data Science, which along with statistical techniques puts more emphasis on computer science than Option I, for example, high performance computing, databases, middleware, and scripting.
The MPS Program Has Three Main Components
- Required common and option-specific core courses.
- An in-depth statistical analysis MPS project supported by the core courses.
- Required coursework, including a two-semester course sequence in mathematical probability and statistics, and elective coursework selected from offerings in both the Department of Statistical Science and other departments at Cornell.
The program can be completed in two semesters by a well-prepared student with the equivalent of an undergraduate degree in statistics, applied mathematics, engineering or computer science. To complete the program in two semesters, the program must be started in the fall semester, since the MPS project begins in the fall semester and is completed in the spring semester.
Students with less preparation can make up missing prerequisites while at Cornell, which will increase the time required to complete the degree requirements by one or two semesters.
A three-semester program can be begun in either fall or spring semester.
A typical four-semester program would normally begin in the fall semester and would be:
Year 1: Calculus & linear algebra (Math 1110/1120, 2310), core applied statistics (BTRY 6010/6020), and math/statistics/computing electives.
Year 2: Required core MPS courses and advanced applied statistics electives.