Applied Statistics MS

About the MS in Applied Statistics at Loyola

The world is generating more data than ever, but there are not enough statistically-savvy professionals with the training to turn raw numbers into useful information and insights. Loyola's Master of Science (MS) in Applied Statistics is ideal for quantitatively-skilled and curious individuals who want to help influence and inform the decision-making and analytics process at a variety of organizations through the use of statistical modeling tools, evidence, and big data.

Whereas other statistics programs in the Chicago area tend to focus more on theoretical statistics, Loyola's emphasis on applied statistics gives students an advantage in many evidence-based fields such as the industrial, biomedical, marketing, educational, financial, and contract (CRO) sectors. Our program attracts students from a wide array of backgrounds, including recent graduates looking to make a career in data science and/or predictive modeling, students coming from the biological sciences, psychology, business, and education fields, and working professionals who are looking to break into a new career.

Program Structure

The MS in Applied Statistics program at Loyola is a 30-credit (non-thesis) master's program. Although based at Loyola's Lake Shore Campus, you'll also work extensively with researchers and other students at Water Tower and Health Science Campuses.

As a student in our MS in Applied Statistics program, you will choose between four specializations—Biostatistics, Environmental Statistics, General Applied Statistics, or Predictive Analytics/Modeling:

  • The Biostatistics specialization covers non- and pre-clinical statistical methods, bioassay, statistical genetics, clinical trials, and bioinformatics.
  • The Environmental Statistics specialization addresses Geographic Information Systems (GIS), spatial statistics, and environmetrics.
  • The specialization in General Applied Statistics includes non-medical applications such as actuarial, commercial, data-mining, industrial, marketing, and national defense.
  • The Predictive Modeling specialization focuses on big data analytics and modeling.

The Applied Statistics MS can generally be completed in just three semesters of full-time study. The program can also be completed on a part-time basis, although some of the classes are taught during the day. Part-time students who are working full-time need to have some flexibility in their work schedules.

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This program is eligible for an Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's degree. Earn a Master’s with only one extra year of study following the completion of your eligible undergraduate degree.


Why Choose Loyola for Your MS in Applied Statistics?

Loyola offers a unique, forward-thinking program that includes both general and specialized applied statistics coursework.

Four industry-relevant specializations

Customize the program to fit your interests. Choose to develop expertise and specialized skills in: Biostatistics, Environmental Statistics, General Applied Statistics, or Predictive Analytics/Modeling.

Class sizes are around 10-15 students, which affords you ample opportunities to interact with and receive one-on-one attention from faculty, and to build your professional network.

Gain experience that will prepare you for the working world through a capstone Statistical Consulting course. Working in a cohort of 2-3 students, you'll collaborate to provide pro bono statistical analysis assistance to Loyola faculty across our three campuses. This will help you hone your data science and consulting skills while providing our researchers with cutting-edge results that may facilitate publications and grant submissions.

You'll work closely with faculty from this and other disciplines such as medicine, computer science, and psychiatry to develop envelope-pushing research. Our faculty truly enjoy working with our MS students, and our students invariably cite this as one of the highlights of our program.

Connect and compete at Loyola's DataFest, a data "hackathon" where you'll gain experience working with datasets provided by companies and organizations such as TicketMaster,, and

Our Master of Science program is novel in that it requires you to have completed just one introductory statistics course plus two calculus courses during undergraduate studies for admission into our program.

Mathematics and Statistics Department

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers a wide variety of degree programs designed for students with diverse career or higher educational goals. Find stories showcasing current students and graduates from the Applied Statistics MS program and learn more about why Loyola is right for you.

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Loyola is proud to have talented and nationally-recognized scholar-teachers as part of our diverse community of exceptional faculty, students and staff. Loyola faculty are known for their commitment to teaching, the dissemination of knowledge through innovative and interdisciplinary scholarly research, and a commitment to social justice and cura personalis, or care for the whole person. Visit the department faculty and staff directory to learn more about the teachers and mentors involved with the Applied Statistics MS program.


Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the Applied Statistics MS program may vary from semester to semester, Loyola’s extensive Academic Catalog will always house the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies, degree requirements, and specialization or concentration options.

Additionally, this resource will provide Applied Statistics MS learning outcomes, showcasing the commitment to specific skills and growth graduates can expect to achieve following completion of the program.

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If you are a current Loyola undergraduate or recent alum, you may be eligible for a Returning Rambler discount. Learn more and see if you qualify on our Returning Rambler Scholarship page.

Tuition and Costs

The estimated tuition and fees for the Applied Statistics MS totals $34950.00, or 30 credit hours at a cost of $1,165.00 per credit hour. Please note that tuition and fees for all of Loyola's academic programs are subject to change.

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Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Applied Statistics MS are listed below. Please keep in mind that both the application and the required materials must be submitted by the specified deadline.

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Fall Merit Award Deadline: February 15
Final: August 1

December 1

April 15

Please note that decisions are provided within a week of the complete application submission.

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Applied Statistics MS include:

  • Official Transcripts

  • 3 Letters of Recommendation

  • 3.0 Minimum GPA

  • Resume/CV

  • Statement of Purpose

Prerequisite Course Requirements

Admission to the Applied Statistics MS program requires successful completion of the following courses:

  • One year of Calculus equivalent to MATH 131 and MATH 132 or MATH 161 and MATH 162

  • One course in Introductory Statistics equivalent to STAT 103, STAT 203 or STAT 335

Statement of Purpose Details

Please consider the following questions: What motivated your decision to pursue this graduate degree? Is there anything motivating an application to Loyola, specifically? What qualifications or attributes do you bring with you that predict your success in our program? What are your career goals following the completion of your degree, and how do you envision our courses and faculty supporting them?

Official Documents

Official transcripts are those that are sent directly by the college/university to Loyola University Chicago. Transcripts sent by the student to Loyola are considered unofficial documents, and while they may be utilized for initial review of your application, official transcripts are still required. Official documents should be sent by the institution to

International Applicant Requirements

An official English language proficiency exam is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. If you have non-U.S. educational credentials, you are required to submit an official transcript evaluation. The transcript evaluation cannot be waived.

Please visit our International Applicant Requirements page for specific information regarding the application process for international students.

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