Spring 2020 adjustments due to COVID-19
Under normal circumstances, Applied Statistics MPS students may only take one Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) course per semester. Due to the extraordinary circumstances surrouning COVID-19, Applied Statistics MPS students may elect to take their courses on an S/U basis during the Spring 2020 semester. However, STSCI 5999 Data Analysis Project course still must be taken for a letter grade. Changes to grading must be initiated by the student and can be done through Student Center.
Changes to Admissions Deadline
We have also extended the deadline for admission to begin the program in the Fall 2020 semester: the new deadline to submit applications is June 1, 2020. Students may also apply for admission for Spring 2021, however, these applications cannot be submitted until after the current admission cycle ends in June.
Specific questions about the MPS program may be sent to Phillip Rusher.
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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 semester-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 Cornell University Applied Statistics Master of Professional Studies program is designed to provide its students with high levels of technical training in data science and statistics that are used in nearly all facets of industry. Due to its mathematical rigor, graduates of this master’s level program are exceptionally qualified for most any quantitative or data-driven position. Such positions can include, but are not limited to: industrial engineer, mathematician, operations research analyst, quantitative analyst, data scientist, research scientist, or statistician.
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. Students are expected to finish in two semesters. Exceptions are sometimes made, but attending for a third semester is not guaranteed.