Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics
PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY
FARIBORZ MASEEH DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS
Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics
Program Overview
There are many people, some in other departmental graduate programs, who share a common interest in the application of statistical methods to the analysis of data and the solution of problems (e.g. Psychology, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Economics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Engineering and Technology Management, Environmental Sciences and Resources, Mechanical Engineering, Political Sciences, Sociology, Urban Studies, Systems Science).
The Graduate Certificate Program in Applied Statistics (GCAS) is primarily designed to provide a companion credential for students in departmental graduate programs (including Mathematics) who have demonstrated expertise in methods and techniques for the quantitative analysis and modeling of data. However, the program equally serves those who want to pursue just the graduate certificate. This Graduate Certificate credential may be completed with a minimum of 24 credit hours of statistical graduate coursework with no comprehensive exam, while the MS in Statistics requires more extensive coursework and examinations. Please note that this program is not appropriate for students currently enrolled in the MS Statistics program.
The Department approved and implemented the Graduate Certificate in Applied Sciences in Winter 2001. In addition, the Department implemented the MS Degree in Statistics in Spring 2003.
Program Goals, Objectives
Many graduate programs include a research methods component that requires the student to acquire some exposure to statistical methods as the basis for the design of experiments and analysis of data. The Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics (GCAS) goes well beyond those requirements  the student develops both a depth of understanding of methods and a breadth of application across disciplines. It is expected that a student who earns this certificate would be capable of performing sophisticated statistical analysis and modeling for problems within his or her particular discipline. They would also be expected to be able to access and understand consultation with professional statisticians and provide consultation in the application of statistical methods for research purposes and in the solution of practical problems. The goal of the GCAS program is a coordinated plan for which students will be assured of exposure to statistical techniques needed in most applications.
Course of Study
The program of study leading to a GCAS requires the successful completion of a minimum of 24 graduate credit hours of course work distributed as three components:
 The threeterm core course sequence:
STAT 564 Applied Regression Analysis (3 credits) and
STAT 565, 566 Experimental Design: Theory and Methods, (3 credits each)  a minimum of 12 additional hours chosen from the attached list of interdisciplinary courses. Please note that 510/610 courses are not acceptable,
 STAT 570 Statistical Consulting (3 credits) Please note that this course is only offered during Spring term.
Prerequisite requirements: Prospective students must have a basic preparation in mathematics and statistics and in a particular disciplinary field that would allow for advanced work in statistical methods as well as applications in one or more content areas. This preparation must be demonstrated by the completion of calculusbased courses in probability and distribution theory. A background in basic statistical methodology is assumed. Prerequisites for the GCAS are: 3 terms of Calculus, Linear Algebra (MTH 261), and STAT 452/552 or STAT 244 or an equivalent Statistical Methods course. As the sequence STAT 551,552 is a prerequisite, it is not applicable toward program requirements.
Applied statistics core sequence: All students would be expected to complete the core sequence in applied statistics: STAT 564 Applied Regression Analysis and STAT 565, 566 Experimental Design: Theory and Methods. The goal of this sequence is to introduce students to fundamentals of applied statistics.
Additional applied statistics courses: Beyond the required sequence, the student will be required to complete three or more courses totaling at least 12 credits with the objective of developing a breadth of knowledge in the application of statistical methods within the discipline and in related areas. The following list of courses is designed to help meet this requirement. Please note that 510/610 courses are not applicable toward the certificate.
Course Number 
Course title 
CE 566 EC 570 
Environmental Data Analysis Econometrics 
EC 571  Advanced Econometrics 
EC 595 
Applied Advanced Econometrics 
ECE 565 
Signals and Noise 
ESR 549 
Applied Environmental Statistics 
ME 588 
Design of Industrial Experiments 
PA 551, 552 
Analytical Methods in Public Admin. I, II 
PSY 523 
Factor Analysis and Covariance Structure Modeling 
PSY 524 
Research Design in Applied Psych 
SOC 593  Quantitative Methods 
SOC 597 
Applied Survey Research 
STAT 567, 568 
Applied Probability I, II 
STAT 571  Applied Multivariate Statistical Analysis 
STAT 573  Computer Intensive Methods in Statistics 
STAT 576  Sampling Theory and Methods 
STAT 577  Categorical Data Analysis 
STAT 578  Survival Analysis 
USP 532 
Data Collection 
USP 534 
Data Analysis 


MTH 667, 668, 669  Stochastic Processes and Prob Theory I, II, III 
STAT 561,562,563  Mathematical Statistics I,II,III 
STAT 661, 662, 663  Adv Mathematical Statistics I,II,III 
STAT 664, 665, 666  Theory of Linear Models I,II,III 
Statistical consulting: To provide experience in dealing with real statistical problems, each student will be required to complete STAT 570, Statistical Consulting (3 credits). Please note that this course is only offered in Spring term.
Admission and Continuation requirements: Admission to the certificate program is subject to existing University criteria for admission to graduate programs and the additional requirement of the completion of the aforementioned course work listed in the paragraph titled Prerequisite requirements. Please refer to the following website on how to apply: http://www.pdx.edu/math/gcasapplicationinstructions.
STAT 551, 552 may not be included as part of the certificate program requirements. All courses applied to certificate program must have B or better grade. To continue in the program, students are required to maintain regular graduate student status, requiring a cumulative 3.00 GPA for all coursework and a term GPA of at least 2.67.
Advising: Students should contact Professor Bradford Crain (crainb@pdx.edu, 5037253127) for advising. Students are encouraged to meet with their adviser at the beginning of their program and consult with them regularly throughout their program. Please meet with your adviser early in the term you plan on finishing your program so the appropriate paperwork can be completed.
For questions regarding the admissions process, please contact Administrative Assistant Katie Gettling, ekatie@pdx.edu, 5037253604.
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