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Statistics, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Harrisonburg, VA, United States
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Statistics is used in almost any discipline including secondary education, biology, health sciences, engineering, computer science and pharmacology, in order to understand and account for randomness and make decisions accordingly. As a result the demand for statisticians is high and the choices available to statisticians are diverse.

The use of statistics has only grown with the advancements and popularity of computers; computers being necessary for quick and reliable statistical calculations. The Statistics major offered by the James Madison Universit requires some form of formal programming course, and such a course is optional for one of the minors. Regardless, our faculty use a variety of statistical programs so you would likely gain experience in at least two of the following:  SPSS, R and/or SAS.

Statistics is a science that deals with the collection, analysis, and presentation of numerical data. Statisticians design studies and surveys, then carry out and interpret the numerical results of these studies and surveys in a broad range of disciplines. Statisticians provide crucial guidance in determining what information is reliable and which predictions can be trusted. They often help search for clues to the solution of a scientific mystery, and sometimes keep investigators from being misled by false impressions. Statisticians work on many challenging problems, such as:

  • analyzing consumer demand for products and services within a marketing firm, corporation, or consulting firm
  • designing and analyzing studies to determine if new drugs and medical devices are safe and effective within a pharmaceutical company, medical research center, or the FDA
  • helping scientists and future scientists collect and analyze data to create information and develop new statistical methodology within university departments of statistics, mathematics, business, biostatistics, business, psychology, or ecology
  • estimating the unemployment rate in the United States at the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Applied Statistics Using 
  • Calculus 
  • Analysis of Variance and Experimental Design 
  • Applied Linear Regression 
  • Categorical Data Analysis 
  • Introduction to Probability and Theoretical Statistics
  • Applied Multivariate Statistical Analysis 
  • Probability and Mathematical Statistics 
  • Statistical Consulting

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Successful completion of the equivalent of a US secondary education
  • Minimal 2.5 GPA (Grade Point Average) - equivalent to 80% or a 'B-' average
  • Diploma or certification of graduation from High School in your home country
  • Undergraduate applicants who intend to major in theater, dance, music and studio art must also submit a portfolio and/or arrange an audition.

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    24150 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24150 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    24150 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24150 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    7250 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7250 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Harrisonburg

  • 1050 - 1720 USD/month
    Living Costs

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