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 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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Meet the Faculty

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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Costs, Scholarships, and Aid

Loyola University Chicago is committed to making your graduate and professional studies a reality. Our Cost & Financial Aid page can help better inform you about the costs and potential funding opportunities through scholarships, loans, and aid for graduate and professional education.

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 $33750.00, or 30 credit hours at a cost of $1,125.00 per credit hour. Please note that tuition and fees for all of Loyola's academic programs are subject to change.

For more detailed information about tuition and fees, and a breakdown of how these costs are calculated on a yearly basis, please visit Tuition and Fees from the Office of the Bursar.

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Application Process

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Applied Statistics MS are listed below. We encourage you to apply early as decisions may take longer during busy periods.

Fall: July 15
Fall Merit Award Deadline: February 1

Spring: December 1

Summer: April 15

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Applied Statistics MS include:

  • 3 Letters of Recommendation

  • 3.0 Minimum GPA

  • Personal Statement

  • Resume/CV

International Student Requirements

Additional information regarding the application process for international students can be found on the International Student Requirements page.

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