Loyola University Chicago

The Graduate School

Master of Science in Applied Statistics


Granada Center

1032 W. Sheridan Rd

Chicago, IL 60660

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science in Applied Statistics

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Equipped with statistical modelling tools, evidence and big data, applied statisticians influence and drive the decision-making and analytics process at a vast array of organizations.

Applied statisticians, biostatisticians, and data analysts are in high demand, both in the Chicago area and nationwide. Currently, more jobs exist than do qualified individuals. With only a small number of qualified candidates in the field, graduates of Loyola’s Master of Science (MS) in Applied Statistics program enjoy a wide array of career options.

The MS in Applied Statistics puts students ahead of the game.

The MS in Applied Statistics is ideal for recent graduates looking to make a career in data science and/or predictive modelling. While some of our students come from quantitative backgrounds, many students come from programs in biological sciences, psychology, business, and education, as well as for working professionals who are looking to break into a new career. Individuals from a variety of areas have done well in our program and are now gainfully employed applied statisticians and data scientists.

Five Key Strengths

  • Academic Development
  • Key Fields of Concentration
  • Critical Placement Services
  • Real-World Internships and Practicum
  • Personal Attention


Faculty offer office hours and regular seminars in keeping with Loyola’s student-focused mission. We also include students in research activities and include them as joint authors, and the Graduate Program Director is in weekly contact with important information (such as course planning, forthcoming deadlines, internship and job opportunities, etc.). 


Students choose between four specializations—Biostatistics, Environmental Statistics, General Applied Statistics, or Predictive Analytics/ Modeling—and generally complete the program in just three semesters of full-time study. 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.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Eligibility Requirements:

Test Requirements: GRE general test. Loyola school code: 1412 English Language Testing Requirements: TOEFL: 550 paper, 79 IBT. IELTS: 6.5 Special Application Instructions: Applicants who completed post-secondary education abroad are required to submit non-U.S. transcripts to Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) or Educational Perspectives for evaluation of credentials. The evaluation report must show that your non-U.S. education is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree to be considered for admission. Prerequisite Requirements: a minimum overall GPA of 2.7; 1 year of Calculus; 1 course in Introductory Statistics. Consult with the Program Director for more information.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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