Statistics is the discipline that deals with the collection, organization, analysis, interpretation and presentation of data. It is also a foundation for Data Science. The goal of statistics is to make informed and sound decisions. Therefore, statistics play a role in nearly every field that has data. Examples of these fields include public health, market analysis, manufacturing industry, environmental study, social science, but the list goes on and on. 

Why study Statistics major at CMU? 

The Statistics major at CMU has several unique features:
  • Our Statistics program is ranked # 12 in the nation based on the entry level median salary. This is ranked #2 in the State of Michigan, just behind University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
  • Our program combines up-to-date coursework in statistics, data science and computational skills. Most of the courses have hands-on teamwork project activities.
  • We partner with SAS Inc. to offer two professional certificate exams. One in Base SAS Programming Certification Exam, and the other is the SAS Predictive Modeler Certification Exam. Professional certification exams sponsored by SAS Inc. give niches for broader job opportunities.
  • Students majoring in Statistics have opportunity to choose a minor in a different discipline to broaden their knowledge and skills in an application field, such as, Actuarial & Risk Analytics or Data Engineering, Business Analytics, etc. 

The updated admission requirements and program coursework requirements can be found in the Undergraduate Bulletin. This listing does not include the  General Education  courses required for all majors. The weblink is given below. Please consult with an academic advisor of Statistics program to plan your coursework.

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Statistics and Analytics Organizations

The American Statistical Association is the world’s largest community of statisticians, the “Big Tent for Statistics.” It is the second-oldest, continuously operating professional association in the country. Since it was founded in Boston in 1839, the ASA has supported excellence in the development, application, and dissemination of statistical science through meetings, publications, membership services, education, accreditation, and advocacy. The ASA website posts updated salary information for job announcements.

The International Biometric Society is an international society promoting the development and application of statistical and mathematical theory and methods in the biosciences, including agriculture, biomedical science and public health, ecology, environmental sciences, forestry, and allied disciplines.
What can you do with a major in Statistics?

CMU Career Services provides guidance on the journey toward your career as a statistician or data analyst. When it comes to landing an internship or job, Career Services is your first stop for resume writing tips, mock interviews, consultations and advice.

At career fairs on campus you'll meet employers ready to hire CMU interns and graduates. Come prepared with your resume and meet dozens of employers in one afternoon.

Also be sure to explore the following statistics and analytics internet resources: