2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 24, 2018  
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Applied Statistics, MS

Applied Statistics, MS

Contact: Dr. Lewis VanBrackle,
Program Director
Office: MS 210
Phone: (770) 423-6313
Fax: (770) 423-6629
Web address:

Program Mission

The Master of Science with a major in Applied Statistics Program (MSAS) at Kennesaw State University is a professional degree program which seeks to prepare a diverse student body to utilize cutting edge applied statistical methods to enable correct, meaningful inferences from data obtained from business, industry, government and health services. The use of a wide variety of commercial software will be emphasized to ensure graduates can effectively analyze real-world data.

Program Description

The MSAS program is a 36 semester-hour applied graduate program designed to meet the needs of business, industry and government. The program is intended for professionals or students with undergraduate degrees in the sciences, engineering, or business.

The MSAS program differs from traditional statistics graduate programs in the following areas:

  1. Statistical Computing: Starting the first semester the student will utilize statistical programs such as SAS, JMP, and Minitab to analyze data and present graphical summaries;
  2. Applications Project: Students will participate in a one-hour credit project activity for each semester. Written reports of these activities will form the basis of a Statistical Methods Portfolio demonstrating the analytical skill sets mastered by the students;
  3. Boot Camp Option: The summer prior to the start of the fall semester students will have the option of taking a refresher course in calculus and statistical software that will focus on the methodology needed to be successful in courses in the program.

General Requirements for Admission to the MSAS Program

Program admission requires:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited in a manner accepted by Kennesaw State University. While a degree in Mathematics is not required, applicants should have at least 18 semester credit hours in mathematics or related (e.g. engineering or statistics) coursework including Calculus I and Calculus II.
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate adjusted grade-point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Minimum combined score of 900 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a minimum score of 500 on the quantitative portion.


  • Minimum score of 500 on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) with a minimum score of 30 on the quantitative portion.
  • Other criteria will be considered by the MSAS Admissions Committee for applicants, including
    • coursework
    • professional certifications
    • relevant work experience
    • professional activities

International applicants have additional requirements, see Graduate Admissions section of this catalog.

Transfer Credit

With approval from the program director, a student may substitute up to nine hours of graduate credit from other institutions, from other graduate programs at Kennesaw State University, or from Special Topics or Directed Study Classes offered within the MSAS program. To be transferred, course work from other institutions must correspond to Kennesaw State University's MSAS curriculum.

Students will need to provide course descriptions and syllabi whenever possible. A minimum grade of "B" must have been received in the course and the course work must be no more than five years old.


Expectations for satisfactory graduate level performance are detailed in the Academic Policies section of this catalog.

Petition to Graduate

MSAS candidates must petition to graduate at least one semester prior to completion of the program requirements.


Program of Study