Interested in applying for one of the NC State Statistics online graduate programs? You’re going to want to read this.
We field a lot of questions from prospective students and have found that there are five common concerns that inquiring minds tend to ask about when they email or call Donna Barton, our Statistics Online Program Coordinator. Read on to learn more about the five things you should consider when applying to our programs.
Program Fit — Are online courses right for me?
Not sure if you can learn statistics online? Many students are hesitant to commit to a full master’s degree program without a better idea of how it fits their learning style. We try to make the transition to our program easy. Many students start by taking a course or two as a non-degree studies (NDS) student, getting a feel for how NC State structures our online courses. Taking this route, you’ll be able to gain confidence in your ability to learn through the distance medium and, upon approval, you’ll be able to transfer up to six credit hours of these NDS courses if you decide to pursue one of our certificates. To enter the certificate from NDS, students will need to complete an application.
Can you start with the certificate and then move into the master’s degree? Yes! We have designed our certificates to dovetail with the master’s degree. Generally, students enrolled in the certificate program can transfer up to 12 credits — as long as they meet the grade requirements for these credits and they have approval from their advisor. Completing the certificate does not guarantee acceptance into the master’s degree but it can help your application.
GRE Scores — Do you have them? If not, is it a big deal?
No, the GRE is not a required entrance exam for the Statistics online graduate programs whether you’re interested in the certificate or the master, but students should submit GRE scores if they are available. Additionally, there is no minimum score requirement.
We like to look at the bigger picture in terms of applications, so having a lower score or no test results doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t be accepted. A GRE score doesn’t tell us everything we need to know about applicants so we look at experience, references, previous education and grades all as part of the story of the student who is seeking admittance.
Prereqs — Are there any? Have you completed them?
For all of our graduate programs you need an undergraduate degree, but you don’t necessarily need to know a lot about statistics.
For both of our certificates we are looking for a student who can do well in graduate level courses. We look for evidence that a student can perform academically in quantitative courses and is mature. Experience in mathematics or a statistical field is helpful though not required for the certificates.
Courses in the master’s degree program go into much more of the mathematical underpinnings of statistics. For the master’s degree, students need a background in multivariate calculus. For most undergraduate schools that means a three semester sequence in calculus. Master’s degree program applicants also need to show that they have experience with linear algebra.
Program Cost — Does it work with your budget?
Overall, each class will cost about $1,200 if you’re an in-state student. That means that the Certificate can cost less than $5,000 and the full Master’s will cost approximately $12,224.10. If you’d like more details and current tuition rates, you can find them on our Graduate Tuition and Fees page.
Schedule — Do you have to take a full workload/classes per semester? How long does will it take you to complete the program?
One of the greatest things about online education is the ability to complete programs at your own pace. Distance education is great for students with busy lives. University regulations say you can take up to four years to complete a certificate and six years to complete the master’s.
That being said, most students take 1-2 courses per semester, starting out with two courses and then dropping down to one course once they start more theoretical courses. With that approach, either of the certificates can be completed in one year and the master’s degree program can be completed in four semesters, but most students choose to spread out their studies over a longer period of time because of work, travel and family commitments.
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