The Master of Science Degree and Certificate in Applied Statistics1 bring together statistics, computer science, scientific research, and communication skills using the latest state-of-the-art technologies. They prepare students for immediate employment in a variety of high-paying industry positions or doctoral study in applied statistics or a related field.

Applied statisticians are in high demand in the current high-technology economy. Our program emphasizes a flexible curriculum that allows a wide variety of concentrations of application, including biology, mathematics, computer science, psychology, health sciences, business, pharmaceutical product development, and other self-designed multi-disciplinary concentrations. The Program also offers paid internship opportunities and flexible class offerings allowing for both full-time and part-time students.

Please view this presentation to get a detailed overview of the Applied Statistics Program. Here is a video reviewing the presentation.

In 2021, we conducted an extensive survey of our alumni. The results can be viewed here .

We encourage students from diverse academic backgrounds to consider our program. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the program, various undergraduate majors and interests are eligible for admissions. For more information, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact Dr. Randall Rieger by e-mail at rrieger@wcupa.edu or by phone at 610-436-2440.  If you have any questions regarding admissions or financial aid, please contact the The Graduate School. If you have any questions regarding the classes required for the program, please visit our Curriculum page.

Program Updates

More Statistics in 2022

Summer and Fall offerings for 2022 are up!

Statistics for Spring and Summer

2022's Spring and Summer offerings are up!

SAS in December

STA 537 - Advanced SAS Programming is available to take in Winter 2021/2022.  There is also a SAS Workshop on December 18!

Summer of Statistics: Offerings for SUMMER 2021

Course Offerings are now available for Summer 2021. All classes will still be remote! See them here .

Schedule Classes for SPRING 2021

Registration for Spring 2021 classes is now available! See course offerings here .

NEW FOR FALL 2021: Full Remote Curriculum

Starting Fall 2021, students can complete all of their Master's in Applied Statistics Degrees remotely!

NEW FOR FALL 2020: New Concentration in Data Science

A new concentration in Applied Statistics is now available for enrollment!

A new online course to fulfill the Calculus and Linear Algebra prerequisites in one class is here

See this PDF for more details!


The Department of Applied Statistics is now offering a post Master's program !

NEW FOR FALL 2018: New Concentrations in Biostatistics and Business and Marketing Analytics

New concentrations in the Applied Statistics department begin in Fall 2018! Read more about this new addition .


Hours and Events

Graduate Assistant Office Hours

All GA Office Hours are Remote for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021

Zoom links are provided in course Syllabi

UNA (25 University Avenue) Room 170
Monday 2:30 - 6:30 PM, 7:30-9:30 PM
Tuesday 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 2:00 - 6:00 PM
Thursday 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Applied Statistics Events

Visit the Applied Statistics Events page to find out more about upcoming department events and orientation resources for new Applied Statistics students.


Featured Alumni

  • Nelson Afanador, MS, PhD

    Nelson Afanador, MS, PhD

    Nelson Lee Afanador is a proud graduate of West Chester University’s Masters in Applied Statistics program (2009). His decision to pursue a Master of Science degree in applied statistics began while he was working as a Project Scientist in Merck’s Laboratory Technical Support group (LTS). While in the LTS he had the opportunity to collaborate with statisticians in Merck’s Center for Mathematical Sciences (CMS) and the rest, as they say, is history. Read more in our Alumni Newsletter .

  • Dina Appleby

    Dina Appleby, Biostatistician/Data Manager

    The Penn Center for Women’s Behavioral Wellness at the University of Pennsylvania 

    At West Chester, you really learn very practical skills. The program is a great blend of the practical with the theoretical — you really study the mathematics that lie beneath the data. But you always sensed the faculty were cognizant of the practicality of what you were studying: the applied statistics. And that kind of experiential learning meant you acquired a much deeper understanding and were much better prepared after graduation. Read more in our program brochure


    Amos Odeleye, Senior Corporate Statistical Analyst

    Department of Medical Economics and Informatics (at a National Health Care Company) — and — Assistant Professor of Statistics School of Management Studies, Eastern University

    When I was investigating graduate school opportunities, I met face to face with professors at a number of schools. What I got at West Chester, what I heard from Dr. Rieger (Professor of Statistics and Program Director), was different from other institutions. It was clear to me that the faculty here were much more personally involved. There was a real connection between students and professors. Read more in our program brochure


    Tamarah Smith, Assistant Professor of Psychology

    Cabrini College

    The faculty are so wonderfully supportive, and they’re so good at what they do. They put the program in such fantastic structure; you realize as you move through the program ‘wow, they really knew what they were doing!’ You’re initially so eager to learn, so anxious to really dive in, but they’re laying groundwork and telling you to be patient. And then, sure enough, all the pieces fall into place. Read more in our program brochure

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