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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Statistics

Advisement for Upcoming Semesters

Greetings online Stat grad students !

This coming Spring semester 2017 we will five distance-delivery courses.  We are especially pleased to offer STAT 770 as a J-course for the first time; thanks to Dr Hanson for spearheading its development.

STAT J506 Introduction to Experimental Design, instructor Tim Hanson (prereq: graduate standing).

STAT J541  Advanced SAS Programming Instructor John Grego (prereq STAT 540).

STAT J701 Applied Statistics II instructor Don Edwards (prereq: STAT 700 or any graduate level introductory Statistics class).

STAT J703 Introduction to Statistical Theory II, instructor Don Edwards (prereq: STAT 702).

STAT J770 Categorical Data Analysis, instructor Tim Hanson (prereq or coreq: STAT 701 or equivalent - the student should have or be obtaining a background in multiple regressiion analysis)

For 500-level courses, make sure to sign up for a section that offers graduate credit.  Also, if you are truly studying at a distance, with almost no chance of attending class in person, please sign up for Section 51 if such a section is available.  You are still allowed to attend class in person.


A. General Advice for all of you - READ CAREFULLY  (The “J” suffix denoting distance-delivery is suppressed on course numbers below).

  1. When in doubt about course selection, ask Don Edwards:
  2. Courses automatically approved for the Masters (MAS) or Certificate (CAS) in Applied Statistics are found on the distance-course page along with information on the typical pattern of offering (yearly, bi-yearly, etc). If you want to take a course which is not on this list, get permission from Don Edwards prior to paying the money
  3. NEVER take STAT 600 or 515 or any USC course numbered below 499.  STAT 700 has the same topics as 515 or 600, and more – so 700 (or any intro. stat class for that matter) can serve as a prerequisite in place of 515 for any course which lists 515 as a prerequisite.  Credit for STAT 600 or 515 will not be given for the MAS or CAS.
  4. If a STAT J-class you want to take is full, email the instructor – we will (almost certainly) get you in.  If you are not physically there in the room, classroom capacities do not apply to you.
  5. STAT 700-701 (the applied stat sequence) is offered every fall-spring.  These are prereqs for many elective courses - take 700-701 early in your program.
  6. STAT 540 (R and introductory SAS) is offered every fall - a required course for the MAS and a very useful elective for the CAS.
  7. Other J-courses are offered less regularly, depending on availability of teachers - see the  distance-course page
  8. When you are approximately one year away from finishing your degree requirements, you need to file a Program of Study - follow the instructions on that page.
  9. Recommendations for part-time students with fulltime jobs, to avoid “crash-n-burn”:
    • Take it steady - for example, I suggest you plan on at least 3 years for the MAS.
    • Think seriously about taking only one class your first semester
    • Do not take 702 your first semester unless you “aced” calculus I and II in college.

        I understand in some instances that financial aid requires more than one class be taken per semester, unfortunately.

B. MAS specifics: required courses 540,700,701,702,703

  1. STAT 702 is offered only in even-year fall semesters; 703 in odd-year springs.
  2. Your five elective courses must include at least one course at 700 level.
  3. You may transfer non-USC coursework (B’s or better) or use quantitative USC courses outside STAT, with approval - up to 12 hours of transfer or non-STAT courses.
  4. Comprehensive exams for 700-701 and 702-703 are offered (at least) in late May every year.  You may take either or both exams at any offering; there is no limit on attempts.  Take comps asap once you have completed the course sequence, before memory loss sets in.  Do not try to take comps before completing the sequence.
  5. With the approval of the other department, and subject to the regulations of the Graduate School, courses taken in the MAS program can be applied toward other graduate degrees at USC.
  6. To graduate, your GPA must be at least 3.0 on all USC courses taken for graduate credit and at least 3.0 on 700-level classes.  No more than 6 hours of C grades may be applied toward the MAS and 9 hours of C+ or lower will make the student academically ineligible for a Masters degree.

C. CAS specifics: required courses 700,701

  1. You may transfer up to 6 hours of non-USC classes (B’s or better) or use quantitative USC courses outside STAT subject to approval, but you must have 6 hours of 700-level USC classes with the STAT designator.
  2. With the approval of the other department, and subject to the regulations of the Graduate School, courses taken in a certificate program can be applied toward other graduate degrees.
  3. To graduate, your GPA must be at least 3.0 on all USC courses taken for graduate credit and at least 3.0 on 700-level classes.
  4. If you think you might want to try for the MAS, DO NOT graduate with the CAS.  Apply to transfer programs from the CAS to the MAS using the Course Update form in thegraduate school's Forms Library.  All courses that would apply to the CAS will also apply to the MAS as long as you have not g raduated with the CAS.  If the MAS does not work out, you can always transfer back to the CAS program and get that degree.