Candidates for the Master's of Science in Applied Statistics degree must pass two comprehensive examinations (Part I and Part II). Comprehensive examinations are offered twice per year, in the autumn and spring quarters, during last two weekends in October and April.
The Part I comprehensive examination covers material from the MAT 451-452-453 course sequence, and is split into two parts, Part I-A and Part I-B. The Part I-A exam is a three-hour closed-book exam, covering analytical and theoretical concepts of probability. No tablets or cell phones may be used while taking the Part I-A exam. The Part I-B exam is a three-hour open-book exam, covering topics of statistical inference. Notes, books, tables, and calculators, but not cellphones, may be used while taking the Part I-B exam. The Part I-A and Part I-B exams are administered on the same day.
The Part II comprehensive examination is based on the student's area of concentration. It is a three-hour closed-book exam.
- Part II - Biostatistics: Covers material from MAT 421, 424, and 456.
- Part II - Data Science: Covers material from MAT 449, 450, and 456.
- Part II - General Applied Statistics: Covers material from MAT 456, 526, and 528.
Students should register with the graduate program director at the beginning of the quarter they plan to take the comprehensive examinations.