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Statistics Minor

Do you have a mathematical mind and a knack for numbers? Even if you’re not a Mathematics major, the University of Central Missouri’s Statistics minor is a great complement to virtually any of our undergraduate programs. 

Our Statistics minor program will help you develop highly transferable skills and knowledge in areas including quantitative research, data analytics, statistical theory and applied statistical methods. These hard skills benefit professionals across today’s major industries, including energy, economics, transportation, biotechnology and software development. A minor in Statistics will make you more attractive to future employers — and open the door to more job opportunities.

Diversify your skill set with a Statistics minor

UCM encourages all undergraduates to consider the benefits of adding a minor in Statistics to their major. Whether for professions from psychology and marketing to logistics or epidemiology — or for lay people navigating investments or evaluating economic trends — formal training in statistics goes a long way at work and at home.

While the Statistics minor is not available to students in the Actuarial Science and Statistics major, our undergraduate students majoring in Business, Economics, Physical Science, Psychological Science, Biology and the Social Sciences benefit greatly from the minor in Statistics.


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Small classes and personalized guidance

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Dedicated computer lab and software

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Attend ASA meetings

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All Statistics faculty hold Ph.D.s

What you will study

UCM faculty ensure that undergraduate students in our Statistics minor build a strong foundation in key areas of the discipline. You’ll study foundational topics that include data analysis, probability, regression analysis and calculus.

Our minor in Statistics also provides the flexibility to choose multiple electives, so you can tailor the undergraduate program to suit your interests. No matter your major, you’ll benefit from a dynamic range of statistics classes and skills development in quantitative analysis and data analytics.

To better complement your major, you can choose from exciting classes such as:

  • Time Series Models and Analysis
  • SAS Programming for Statistical Analysis
  • Industrial Statistics
  • Introduction to Statistics for Psychology
  • Statistical Modeling


Unique learning opportunities in statistics

UCM understands that hands-on learning is the best way to develop your skills in statistics. It’s also important to build your professional networking skills before you enter the competitive job market. UCM prides itself on offering students who minor in Statistics real-world opportunities to refine their quantitative research and data analytics skills while honing their professional skills:

  • Training and networking: UCM Statistics students participate in events hosted by the Kansas-Western Missouri Chapter of the American Statistical Association. Annual chapter meetings include career days and hands-on training in statistical methods and the latest software.
  • UCM Statistics Club: This student club welcomes Statistics majors and minors in addition to UCM students who are simply interested in the discipline. The club invites statistics experts and alumni to give presentations on campus and provides students with volunteer opportunities for hands-on learning outside the classroom.
  • Statistics Honor Society: Academically qualifying students are invited to join the honor society, Mu Sigma Rho, to access valuable networking opportunities, including in-person meetings with statistics experts and potential employers.


What can you do with a minor in Statistics from UCM?

A minor in Statistics can sharpen your ability to:

  • Analyze large amounts of data
  • Conduct quantitative research
  • Use calculus, algebra and high-level mathematics
  • Communicate essential topics in statistics to nonspecialists

Prepare for a wide range of exciting careers with a minor in Statistics from the University of Central Missouri. Our undergraduate program diversifies your skills and complements your knowledge and training in your major area of study. As a result, you’ll be better prepared for professional jobs in your chosen field.

What comes after a minor in Statistics?

Use the interactive tool below to find out more about job growth, salary potential and additional career data for graduates with specialized knowledge and skills in statistics.




Financial assistance options for your Statistics minor

The University of Central Missouri offers you personal financial counseling and support to help make your education more attainable. We’re recognized by LendEDU as a top-ranked school for our high number of graduates with low student debt. Our financial advisors will help you consider ways to finance your education, including scholarships, grants, loans and work-study programs.

UCM’s scholarship offerings include institution-wide awards for incoming freshmen, out-of-state students, transfer students and continuing students. You can also apply for scholarships through your major area of study. Learn more about program-specific scholarships by using the UCM Scholarship Finder.



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Explore programs related to statistics.

If you’re interested in adding a minor to your major area of study but aren’t sure if Statistics is the best choice for you, consider some of UCM’s related programs:


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