Applied Statistics

Our Program

The Department of Statistics offers a Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics. It is intended for students who already have a bachelor's degree in some field and who are not enrolled in the Statistics M.S. or Ph.D. program. (Certificate students are often enrolled in a graduate program other than Statistics.) This four-course program provides and documents formal expertise in statistics at the graduate level beyond introductory regression courses. Furthermore, the four courses can be used as part of an MS program in Statistics.

This certificate program is designed to help you become knowledgeable about the area of applied statistics. This certificate program meets the needs of scientists in any area seeking an in-depth background in statistics. The program is also ideal who industrial workers wishing to increase the statistical thinking ability. 


A total of 12 credits from the Department of Statistics must be earned to complete the program. An average of a 3.0 or better in all the classes from Purdue is required.


Background courses, or equivalent, necessary for admission to the Certificate Program of the Department of Statistics are STAT 51100 and STAT 51200. Equivalency of background courses is determined by the Chair of the Graduate Committee ( For substitution approval, please contact the Chair of the Graduate Committee at

STAT 51100 - Statistical Methods
STAT 51200 - Applied Regression Analysis, or equivalent


STAT 51400: Design of Experiments
STAT 51600: Basic Probability and Applications
STAT 51700: Statistical Inference
STAT 52200: Sampling and Survey Techniques

Other statistics courses with numbers above 51700 may be substituted with approval
For substitution or transfer course approval, please contact


You must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0/4.0.

Note: Acceptance into the certificate program does NOT assure admission to the Graduate School of Purdue University to pursue an advanced degree.

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