Online Applied Statistics, Analytics & Data Science Graduate Programs

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What is Applied Statistics?

Applied statistics, analytics and data science involves interpreting data to determine needs, trends and probabilities across many industries. Any field that involves analyzing data-based findings or results needs trained data analysts, scientists and statisticians to interpret and report information.

A data analyst, scientist or statistician’s responsibilities may include:

  • Interpreting performance data for new products or technologies
  • Analyzing demographic data for a political or marketing campaign
  • Contributing to health care research
  • Reporting results from scientific lab or field work

What industries need data analysts?

Data analytics, statistics professionals and data scientists work in a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, public policy, environmental science, business, and public relations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in statistics-related fields, including data analytics, are projected to grow 36 percent by 2031, compared to an overall projected occupational growth of 5 percent.

Applied statistics, analytics and data science careers; marketing, business, engineering, information technology, science, technology, healthcare, public policy

Is online applied statistics, analytics & data science graduate education right for you?

KU’s applied statistics, analytics and data science graduate programs are designed for students who want to enter or advance in the in-demand field of data and statistics. These programs help students effectively communicate principles of statistics and analytics, and assist with design and implementation of data management systems. The programs are open to students who display strong math skills, but may not have statistics-based academic backgrounds.

Admission to the the KU applied statistics & analytics graduate programs requires completion of calculus I and II and a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 as well as other admission requirements. KU offers courses to help you meet the calculus requirement if needed. Those course credit hours and grades do not count toward degree completion.


Paige Rice MSEd
  • Academic Program Specialist

What online applied statistics, analytics and data science graduate programs are available at KU?

KU offers a degree option and certificate options for applied statistics, analytics and data science graduate programs. Students in the Master of Science can choose an emphasis in Statistics, Analytics or Data Science. See the choices below and download the program guides for more information. Each guide provides the program’s curriculum, career paths, admissions information, tuition and more.

Master of Science in Statistics, Analytics or Data Science 30 credit hours, one comprehensive exam, 2 elective courses, 4 emphasis courses: statistics, analytics or data science, four foundation coursesGraduate Certificate in Applied Statistics 15 credit hours; one of two programming courses, one of two elective courses, three required coursesGraduate Certificate in Applied Data Science 15 credit hours; one of two programming courses, one of two electives, three required courses
Why start the KU online statistics, analytics and data science program?


  • Asynchronous course format
  • Pre-recorded podcast video content
  • Graduate certificate options
  • Virtually interact with students and instructors
  • Complete your degree at your own pace
  • 100% online


  • Credentialed, experienced faculty
  • Globally recognized academics
  • KU is one of 38 public university members of the prestigious Association of American Universities, a group of America's leading research universities


  • Skillsets that apply to a variety of fields
  • Learn it today, use it tomorrow
  • Courses designed for those in career transition as well as current analysts