MASDA FAQS

1)      I am interested in the MASDA program as a “4+1”. What is it?

The official name for the “4+1” is the “accelerated MASDA program (AMASDA)”. Depending on your circumstances, and what courses you take, you may be able to get an undergraduate degree (B.S.) in Statistics, and a Master’s degree in Statistics (the MASDA) in a total of 5 years of study. Exactly how you go about satisfying the requirements for a BS degree and a MASDA degree together depend on when you declared as a STAT undergraduate major. See 2 and 3 below.

 

2)       I declared as a STAT major on or after 8/22/2016. What classes should I take?

If you declared as a STAT UG major on or after 8/22/2016, you must follow the SACS requirements. This means that you can take a maximum of 12 hours of graduate (5000 or 6000 level) coursework towards your AMASDA as an undergraduate, and these hours must be taken in one’s final year of undergraduate study.

 

The possible sequences (all fall/spring sequences) are; the mathematical statistics sequence (6311/6312, formerly 5373/5374), the experimental statistics sequence (6301/6302, formerly 5371/5372), and the SAS sequence (6307/6308, formerly 5304/6308), and are taken in fall and spring of one’s senior year. Most students would take the 6301/6302 and 6307/6308 sequences, but if you are particularly strong in mathematics, you might choose the 6311/6312 sequence in place of one of these.

 

To complete the AMASDA, you would take a minimum of 24 hours of coursework as a graduate student, which can in theory be done in 2 semesters.

 

3)      I declared as a STAT major before 8/22/2016. What classes do I take?

We encourage all STAT majors to follow the new guidelines and to wait until their senior year to take 6000 level classes. However, if you declared as STAT UG major prior to 8/22/2016, you are “grandfathered” under the “old” rules. The “old” rules are that you can take a maximum of 30 hours of graduate (5000 or 6000 level) coursework towards your AMASDA while you are an undergraduate. These 30 hours can be taken at any point during one’s undergraduate career, and do not have to be taken in one’s senior year. To complete the AMASDA, you would take a minimum of 6 hours of coursework as a graduate student, which for some students, can be done in one semester.

 

 

4)      I am a current MASDA student, can I take STAT 6327/6328/6345?

This is strongly discouraged. These courses are intended for Ph.D. students, are taught at the “Ph.D.” level, and are generally much more theoretically oriented that the courses for the MASDA students. Remember it’s a Masters in Applied Statistics and Data Analytics. For almost all students, instead of a PhD theory course, you should be taking a course in applied statistics.

 

5)      I am a MASDA student, which courses should I take next semester?

See Dr. Robertson (sdrobert@smu.edu)

 

6)      I am a PhD student, can I take STAT 6301 (5371) etc.?

No, these courses are applied in nature, and do not carry credit for the Ph.D. program. There are a few courses which do carry dual credit, and they are listed on the department web pages.

 

 

 

If you do not see your question answered above, please contact Dr. Robertson (sdrobert@smu.edu), or Dr. Harris (iharris@smu.edu).