Iowa State University Launches New Master of Applied Statistics Program

The Department of Statistics at Iowa State University is pleased to announce the launch of the new Master of Applied Statistics (MAS) degree program, set to begin in Fall 2025. This innovative program is designed to address the growing need for statistical training in today's data-driven world.

The MAS program aims to equip students with the skills necessary to thrive in a job market seeking statistical talent. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, statistician is among the fastest-growing occupations, with projected employment increases over 30% from 2022 to 2032. The MAS program will help students gain expertise in designing data collection and analysis processes, utilizing modern statistical computing technologies, and applying machine learning and artificial intelligence to enhance data insights.

A unique feature of the MAS program is its fully online coursework, allowing students to complete the 30-credit program in just 15 months if enrolled full-time. The program also provides flexibility for working professionals who wish to balance their careers with advanced education through asynchronous online courses. Additionally, the program includes statistical consulting coursework and credit for work experience gained through internships or current employment, distinguishing it from other programs offered by the department.

Students in the MAS program will engage in a curriculum that mirrors the investigative nature of being a statistician. They will explore how to interpret complex data, leading to significant advances of knowledge and driving positive change across various scientific and societal aspects. Graduates can pursue careers in diverse fields such as pharmaceuticals, medical research, healthcare, insurance, financial services, entertainment, professional sports, manufacturing, agriculture, technology, and others.

Petruța Caragea will serve as the inaugural director of the MAS degree program. Caragea began her career with the Department of Statistics at Iowa State University as an assistant professor in 2003 and she became associate chair of the department in 2014. 

“I am thrilled to be part of the MAS degree program from its inception," Caragea said. "This new initiative is designed to build on our department's tradition of excellence and innovation in statistical education and research. It aims to equip students with essential skills to address complex world problems, fostering a collaborative environment that facilitates personal growth and integrates real-life motivation, mathematical foundations, computational skills, and effective communication. By doing so, we continue our commitment to developing proficient applied statisticians ready to tackle the challenges of today and tomorrow.”

The Department of Statistics at Iowa State University is excited to launch the MAS degree. This program represents a significant step forward in meeting the increasing demand for skilled statisticians and data scientists who can make a positive impact across a wide range of industries.

For more information about the Master of Applied Statistics degree program, please contact Petruța Caragea.