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Mathematics & Statistics

Graduate Certificate in Statistical Data Analysis

Brief description: There is a significant need to certify professional statistical analysts in various fields, such as the social, medical, physical, and biological sciences, engineering, business, and other industries. Individuals who have their baccalaureate or graduate degrees from these fields, and who find it necessary to design experiments, collect and analyze data, and interpret and make decisions based on ordinary and complex statistical techniques and methods would benefit from this certificate. This interdisciplinary program fulfills the basic educational training required to address these professional activities.

Certificate Program Advisor: TBA

Required Courses: Total program hours: 15. Twelve (12) semester hours of graduate-level course work plus three (3) hours of Independent Study.

  • STA 5166 — Statistical Methods I (3)
  • STA 5326 — Mathematical Statistics I (3)
  • STA 5526 — Nonparametric Statistics (3)
  • STA 6167 — Statistical Methods II (3)
  • MAT 6908 — Independent Study (3)

Credit towards graduate degree: Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval.

Transfer credit: May be applied with departmental approval.

Course location/delivery: The Certificate is offered at the Tampa campus.

Standardized tests: The GRE is required for all students and the TOEFL is required for international students.

Admission requirements: The applicant must have an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited academic institution.

  1. A minimum score of 1000 on the GRE
  2. A minimum score of 650 on the quantitative portion of the GRE
  3. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the written exam or 213 on the computer-based exam

Application process: Please visit to apply online. In addition, to the application forms please submit:

  1. Official transcripts
  2. A resume
  3. A 250-word letter of interest stating your objectives in pursuing this course of study

Registration process: First, consult with the certificate program advisor and obtain an electronic course permit if necessary. Then go to, and click on the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: to obtain a NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain the USFCard. Please visit: to obtain the USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees parallel that of standard graduate-level courses. Please visit:

Financial aid: Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid. Please contact private lenders for information on the types of student loans available.

Time limit: The certificate program should be completed within five (5) semesters.