The Certificate in Statistics is open to students who have received bachelor’s degrees in other areas. The primary goal of the program is to allow students with undergraduate majors in science, engineering and the social sciences an opportunity to acquire the formal training in statistics that is currently in demand in industry and government. Some students also may find the program a useful way to prepare for graduate study in statistics.

To be admitted to the program, a student must complete a baccalaureate degree. A student with limited college mathematics experience must take the Mathematics Placement Test before entering the program. Application materials and further information may be obtained by calling (804) 828-0001 or TDD (804) 828-0100, or by writing to the following address: Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Statistical Sciences and Operations Research, Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Statistics, P.O. Box 843083, Richmond, VA 23284-3083.

The certificate program in statistics requires completion of a minimum of 32 approved credits at the 200 level or higher in mathematical sciences or related areas. A maximum of 14 credits toward certification may be transferred from course work completed before or after receiving a bachelor’s degree. At least 18 approved credits must be from courses in statistics and probability at the 300 level or higher and must be taken at VCU. No more than six of these 18 credits can be from courses taken before admission to the certificate program. The student must achieve a minimum GPA (on courses taken at VCU) of 2.5 with no grade below C. All requirements for the certificate must be completed within five years of admission to the program.

The following courses are required:

CMSC   245Introduction to Programming Using C++ (or equivalent)3
or CMSC   255 Introduction to Programming
MATH   200
MATH   201
Calculus with Analytic Geometry
and Calculus with Analytic Geometry (or equivalent)
STAT   210Basic Practice of Statistics (or equivalent)3
STAT   310Introduction to Statistical Inference3
STAT   314Applications of Statistics4
STAT/BIOS 544Statistical Methods II3
Approved credits at the 200-level or higher in mathematical sciences or related areas5
Total Hours32

Students will work closely with the program coordinator in selecting appropriate elective courses. While some students may have the background necessary for a 600-level graduate course, it is expected that most elective courses will be drawn from the 300- to 500-level statistics course offerings of the department. Statistics courses taught in other units of the university may be credited toward the certificate with the permission of the program coordinator.