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Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

W.C. Morris Building, Room 222
Warrensburg, MO 64093
P:660-543-4930 F:660-543-8013
Dr. Xiaodong Yue, Department Chair


Statistics Option

Statistics is a scientific discipline that helps people make decisions and predictions based on data. It applies mathematical knowledge and computer technology to the design of surveys and experiments; the collection, processing, and analysis of data; and the interpretation of the results.

The current world is a data-centric world; in field after field, overwhelming data are created everyday— sensor signals, atmosphere pressures, social network chatters, public records, and more. The demand to use, analyze, and make sense of the data is growing rapidly in a variety of areas. Many economic, social, political, and military decisions cannot be made without the help of statistical techniques. An article published in The New York Times, For Today's Graduate, Just One Word: Statistics, has described the future of statistics and the vast needs for the skilled statisticians. Moreover, technological advances are expected to spur this demand even further. The ever-faster computer processing allows statisticians to analyze greater amounts of data much more efficiently.

The Wall Street Journal and have ranked statistics as one of the best jobs in recent three years:

Top 4 of the best jobs in 2011
Top 8 of the best jobs in 2010
Top 3 of the best jobs in 2009

The statistics option in the actuarial science and statistics program at UCM focuses on applied statistics. The curriculum is designed according to the curriculum guideline from the American Statistical Association and to provide strong training of quantitative reasoning in statistics and fluent use of statistics software in processing data from practical problems. All statistics classes are taught by highly qualified and dedicated faculty who are experts in their research areas.

If you require more information about admission, fees, and financial aid/scholarships of the statistics program, please write or call

Office of Admissions
University of Central Missouri
Ward Edwards 1401
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 1-877-729-8266, 660-543-4290

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