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Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics


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CST Graduate Advising Contact Information

Phone: 713-223-7972


Program Description:

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics is a 12-hour certificate that will allow students to take foundational statistics and mathematics coursework to provide a strong background for data analytics work. In addition, the certificate provides an opportunity for students who may not be interested in a full master's degree, but want to strengthen their skills in statistics and mathematics. Like the existing Master of Science in Data Analytics (MSDA), this certificate will provide students opportunities to obtain fundamental and specialized skills in analyzing large data sets and communicating results and interpretations in a wide range of professions ranging from criminal justice, businesses, education, health agencies and institutions, and the natural and social sciences.

In addition, practicing high school or community college teachers who are looking to earn graduate credit in mathematics in order to teach college-credit mathematics courses in their current institutions. The 12-hour certificate will allow them to take 4 of the 6 courses needed to fulfill the SACSCOC requirement of 18 hours in the field.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics are designed to identify applicants who have the ability, interest, and qualities necessary to complete the program. Admission is competitive and selective. Applicants must demonstrate that they possess the abilities, interests, and qualities necessary to successfully complete the program. 

Applicants seeking admission will provide the following application materials for review by the Graduate Curriculum Committee. Please submit all documents to the Graduate Admissions office at

  • A completed SLATE application (Click on Apply Now below).
  •  Submit (1,000 words or less) a personal statement that addresses why you want to study applied statistics.
  • Bachelor's degree conferred by a regionally accredited institution.
  • Official University transcript(s) from which the applicant earned a Bachelor's degree and an advanced degree (if applicable) indicating:
    • the last 60 semester credit hours of course work and 
    • evidence of Bachelor's degree awarded and the cumulative GPA.
  • Students with an international transcript must submit their transcripts to UHD already evaluated for U.S. equivalency. Here is a list of approved agencies. If residential applicants are experiencing any delays in submitting their official transcript, we will currently accept unofficial transcripts indicating a Bachelor's degree conferred as part of the completion of the application.
  • As admission to the certificate is competitive, candidates with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher and B or higher in an Undergraduate Statistics or Probability course will be preferred.
  • Resume documenting any work experience that emphasizes personal and professional accomplishments.
  •  One letter of recommendation or recommendation form from individuals well-acquainted with your work and who are able to address your academic potential, for example, work supervisors and professors.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score, if you are a graduate of a university where English is not the primary language of instruction (preferred TOEFL scores are: an Internet-based score of 81, a paper-based score of 553 or an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher). As a waiver to these English Proficiency Exams, the College of Sciences & Technology Graduate Studies office will accept as proof of English proficiency, full-time employment history of at least 3 years in a country where English is the primary language spoken, such as the US, UK, Canada, etc. Please submit theEnglish Proficiency Waiver Form as part of your application documents to the Graduate Admissions office.

Admission Process:

The Graduate Advisory Committee will evaluate applications using a matrix based on GPA, relevant coursework or experience, recommendations, and other written materials in the applicant's file. The Graduate Advisory Committee will use the results of this evaluation to determine if an applicant is admitted. The Graduate Coordinator will notify students, in writing, of the committee's decision. Application opens on September 5.

Application Deadlines

Summer 2024 US residents May 1 and International April 1
Fall 2024 US residents July 15 and International May 1
Spring 2024 US residents December 15 January 5 and International October 1

Please view all of the application requirements on the UHD Admissions website before submitting your application.

Degree Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics requires a minimum of 12 graduate semester credit hours including:


  • STAT 5301 Statistical Foundations for Data Analytics and 
  • 9 hours from the following course options:


Required Courses  
STAT 5302 Mathematical Statistics
STAT 5307 Time Series Analysis
STAT 5309 Design and Analysis of Experiments
STAT 5310 Applied Regression Analysis
STAT 5311 Multivariate Analysis and Nonparametric Statistics
STAT 6312 Biostatistics
STAT 6390 Special Topics
STAT 6399 Directed Study

For course descriptions please see the Graduate Catalog .

Current Students

The College of Sciences and Technology, Graduate Studies currently offers a Master of Science in Data Analytics. We provide academic advising to current graduate students in the program. If you need assistance with personalizing your graduation plan to ensure you graduate within a timely manner, please schedule an appointment. All students have access to their degree evaluation at MyUHD and we are more than happy to assist you with any advising questions or concerns. Please see office hours below.

Contact for Office Hours:
Phone Number: 713-223-7972

Other Resources

Questions About Graduate Admission

Graduate Admissions Office


For any other information about the Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics, contact the Assistant Director of Graduate Studies, Angel Griffin at . Any applicant looking to appeal their admission decision can do so here: CST Graduate Admissions Appeal Form



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