Mark Arnold
Program Director
301 Science Engineering Building
479-575-3351
E-mail: arnold@uark.edu

Degree Conferred:

M.S. (STANMS)

The M.S. degree in Statistics and Analytics is a cross-college interdisciplinary program building on the university's current strengths in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education and Health Professions; and Engineering.  Students may choose one of seven concentrations: Biological Analytics; Business Analytics; Computational Analytics; Educational Statistics & Psychometrics; Operations Analytics; Quantitative Social Sciences; or Statistics;. 

Primary Areas of Faculty Research: Statistics and statistical analysis and design methodologies in business analytics, operations analytics, computational analytics, educational statistics and social science research.

Prerequisites to Degree Program: In addition to the requirements of the Graduate School, applicants for admission to the M.S. program in Statistics and Analytics must submit a) three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s previous academic and professional performance and b) official test scores as specified for the applicant’s area of interest.

Requirements for the Master of Science (M.S.) Degree

Requirements for the master's degree are fulfilled through one of the following seven concentrations. Students should also be aware of Graduate School requirements with regard to master's degrees.

Requirements for Concentration in Biological Analytics

Undergraduate Deficiencies
Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405) (Sp, Su, Fa)
Linear Algebra (Sp, Su, Fa)
Core
Requirements include one course from each of these areas as approved by the student’s advisory committee: Statistical Methods, Regression Analysis, Multivariate Analysis, Experimental Design12
Required Courses
CSCE 5013Advanced Special Topics in Computer Science or Computer Engineering (Irregular) (taken as introduction to cluster computing)3
BIOL 5153Practical Programming for Biologists (Irregular)3
ISYS 5723Advanced Multivariate Analysis (Irregular)3
Choose from one of the following options:9
9 additional hours of electives
3 hours of electives, 6 hours of thesis credit, and submission of an acceptable thesis
Written comprehensive exam (non-thesis) or defense of the thesis
Total Hours30

Requirements for Concentration in Business Analytics

Undergraduate Deficiencies
Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405) (Sp, Su, Fa)
Core
Requirements include one course from each of these areas as approved by the student’s advisory committee: Statistical Methods, Regression Analysis, Multivariate Analysis, Experimental Design12
Required Courses
ISYS 511VIT Toolkit & Skills Seminar (Irregular)3
ISYS 5833Data Management Systems (Sp, Fa)3
ISYS 5843Seminar in Business Intelligence and Knowledge Management (Sp, Fa)3
Choose one of the following options:9
9 hours of electives
3 hours of electives and 6 hours of thesis credit and submission of an acceptable thesis.
Written comprehensive exam (non-thesis) or defense of the thesis.
Total Hours30

Requirements for a Concentration in Computational Analytics

Undergraduate Deficiencies
Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405) (Sp, Su, Fa)
Linear Algebra (Sp, Su, Fa)
Algorithms (Fa)
Core
Requirements include one course from each of these areas as approved by the student’s advisory committee: Statistical Methods, Regression Analysis, Multivariate Analysis, Experimental Design.12
Required Courses
CSCE 4523Database Management Systems (Sp)3
Two of the following:6
Artificial Intelligence (Irregular)
Choose one of the following options:9
9 hours of electives
3 hours of electives, 6 hours of thesis credit and submission of an acceptable thesis
Written comprehensive exam (non-thesis) or defense of the thesis
Machine Learning (Irregular)
Data Mining (Irregular)
Total Hours30

Requirements for Concentration in Educational Statistics and Psychometrics

Undergraduate Deficiencies
Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405) (Sp, Su, Fa)
Linear Algebra (Sp, Su, Fa)
Core
Requirements include one course from each of these areas as approved by the student’s advisory committee: Statistical Methods, Regression Analysis, Multivariate Analysis, Experimental Design12
Required Courses
ESRM 5653Educational Assessment (Irregular)3
ESRM 6653Measurement and Evaluation (Fa)3
ESRM 6753Item Response Theory (Odd years, Sp)3
ESRM 699VSeminar (Irregular) (as approved by the student's advisory committee)3
Choose one of the following options:9
9 hours of electives as approved by the student's advisory committee
3 hours of electives, 6 hours of thesis credit, and submission of an acceptable thesis
Written comprehensive exam (non-thesis) or defense of the thesis
Total Hours33

Requirements for Concentration in Operations Analytics

Undergraduate Deficiencies
Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405) (Sp, Su, Fa)
Linear Algebra (Sp, Su, Fa)
Introduction to Probability (Sp, Su, Fa)
Core
Requirements include one course from each of these areas as approved by the student’s advisory committee: Statistical Methods, Regression Analysis, Multivariate Analysis, Experimental Design12
Required Courses
INEG 5613Introduction to Optimization Theory (Fa)3
INEG 5803Simulation (Irregular)3
One of the following:3
Seminar in Business Intelligence and Knowledge Management (Sp, Fa)
Data Mining (Irregular)
Choose one of the following options:9
9 hours of electives
3 hours of electives, 6 hours of thesis credit and submission of an acceptable thesis
Written comprehensive exam (non-thesis) or defense of the thesis
Total Hours30

Requirements for a Concentration in Quantitative Social Science

Undergraduate Deficiencies
Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405) (Sp, Su, Fa)
Linear Algebra (Sp, Su, Fa)
Introduction to Probability (Sp, Su, Fa)
Core
Requirements include one course from each of these areas as approved by the student’s advisory committee: Statistical Methods, Regression Analysis, Multivariate Analysis, Experimental Design.12
Required Courses
ISYS 5723Advanced Multivariate Analysis (Irregular)3
ECON 4753Forecasting (Fa)3
ECON 6623Econometrics II (Sp)3
ECON 6633Econometrics III (Sp)3
Choose one of the following options:6
6 hours of electives to include two of the following: cost benefit analysis; GIS and spatial analysis; multilevel modeling; social network analysis
6 hours of thesis credit and submission of an acceptable thesis
Written comprehensive exam (non-thesis) or defense of the thesis
Total Hours30

Requirements for Concentration in Statistics

Undergraduate Deficiencies
Calculus II (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2505) (Sp, Su, Fa)
Linear Algebra (Sp, Su, Fa)
Programming Foundations II (Sp, Fa)
Core
Requirements include one course from each of these areas as approved by the student’s advisory committee: Statistical Methods, Regression Analysis, Multivariate Analysis, Experimental Design12
Required Courses
STAT 5103Introduction to Probability Theory (Fa)3
STAT 5113Statistical Inference (Sp)3
STAT 5333Analysis of Categorical Responses (Sp)3
STAT 639VTopics in Statistics (Irregular)3
Choose one of the following options:6
6 hours of electives
6 hours of thesis credit and submission of acceptable thesis
Written comprehensive exam (non-thesis) or defense of thesis
Total Hours30