Why the MAS at UCLA?
The curriculum will offer coursework that brings academic rigor to topics required for quantitative professionals in business, engineering, health care, financial services, scientific and computer-related industries, as well as government and non-profit organizations. Designed by UCLA’s world-class statistics faculty, the program blends the fundamental ideas of quantitative analysis with a modern computational science approach. Graduates of the program will have mastered the principles of statistics and be ready to apply them in a broad range of areas. This balance will make graduates highly valuable to employers needing quantitative or data science skills. A MAS degree from UCLA is the stepping stone for advancement in our increasingly data-centric world.
MAS students must earn a minimum of 44 units of course credit. MAS students will enroll in the 400 level courses. The Master of Applied Statistics program has a set of six required core courses. In addition, students will choose at least five electives that emphasize statistical modeling and programming. A written thesis is the final requirement.
Note: MAS students may choose to take up to two courses per quarter, including the summer, for a total of 12 courses. If this path is chosen, students typically complete the program in 21 months, with a minimum time of 18 months (6 quarters) and a maximum of 30 months (10 quarters).
Differences Between the MS and MAS Programs
UCLA Statistics also offers a Master of Science (MS) program. The MS program focuses more on theoretical statistics. It is an 18-month to 24-month program that requires students to be full-time by requiring a minimum of 12 units per quarter. In contrast, the focus of the MAS program is applied statistics and data science. Most classes will be scheduled in the evening to make it easier for students who are concurrently working professionals. Students in the MAS must take a minimum of 8 units (2 classes) per quarter to be regarded as full-time for visa purposes. The typical load for MAS students is 8 units (2 classes) per quarter.
The core consists of the following six courses in statistical theory and methods:
400 Introduction to Probability Models
401 Survey of Methods in Modern Statistics
402 Applied Regression
403 Mathematical Statistics
404 Statistical Computing and Programming
405 Data Management
Among the core courses, only 401 may be waived upon departmental approval.
Students must choose at least five distinct courses (a total of 20 units) from 400 level courses that are distinct from the core courses excluding the 496 and 498 (Internship and Master’s Thesis Research courses). The following is a list of elective courses (not all of them will be offered in each year):
411 Multivariate Statistical Analysis
412 Advanced Regression and Predictive Modeling
413 Machine Learning
414 Computer Intensive Methods
415 Introduction to Forecasting
416 Applied Geostatistics
417 Statistical Models in Finance
418 Tools in Data Science
419 Experimental Design
420 Causal Inference in Social Science Practice
Only 4 units of Stats 497 (Individual Studies) will count towards the required electives.
Data Scientists in action: The Thesis
All students will complete a thesis, which will report on research and analysis done under the supervision of both a faculty member and an industry partner when available. While students may work with proprietary data, industry partners must agree that the student can publish and distribute the thesis. The thesis must consist of an original analysis that solves a real-world problem. A faculty adviser of the Department of Statistics will supervise the thesis project, who will ensure the statistical integrity of the analysis. Most thesis topics will originate from industry partners, who will propose topics and provide data sets. In these cases, a representative of the industry partner will work with the student and the faculty adviser to ensure that the solution provided in the thesis is satisfactory to the industry partner.
MAS Timeline to Filing A Thesis
- Start thinking about which faculty you would like to work with as your Faculty Advisor (and who you would want to be the Chair of your committee) & approach them before the Fall quarter of your 2nd year.
- Complete and submit the Nomination of Master’s Committee form at least the quarter before you Advance to Candidacy.
- Submit the “Master’s Advancement to Candidacy Petition” form along with a copy of your unofficial transcripts to the MAS Graduate Advisor (Laurie), within the first two weeks of the quarter you want to graduate. Specific instructions found here: https://grad.ucla.edu/gasaa/library/maatcinst.pdf
- File thesis. Committee members will approve your thesis online. You must send your complete draft to all committee members at least three weeks before the thesis filing deadline.
- If you still need more time and after you’ve advanced choose to do a Filing Fee instead, you must read this website carefully: https://grad.ucla.edu/academics/graduate-study/filing-fee-application/
- You must also complete the Filing Fee application found here: https://grad.ucla.edu/gasaa/etd/filingfee.pdf
- Important dates and workshops are found here: https://grad.ucla.edu/academics/calendar/thesis-dissertation-filing-deadlines-and-workshops/
- Should you choose the Filing Fee for a specific quarter, you must be registered and enrolled the quarter before AND you must submit a complete first draft of your thesis to all committee members at the time you submit your filing fee application. (In order to apply the filing fee, students must be registered and enrolled in at least 2 units the quarter before.)
Refund Policy on Dropped Courses:
- By the end of 3rd week (100% refund of all units dropped)
- By the end of 4th week (50% refund of all units dropped)
- After 4th week (0% refund of all units dropped)
Note: Refer to or bookmark this webpage to understand how the UCLA Registrar’s office defines the end of the week for each week of the quarter. Typically the cutoff time is at 11:59pm at the end of each week. The refunds listed above apply to your tuition fees only. They do not include campus based fees. Please refer to the deadlines posted at this link. UCLA Registration fees still adhere to the end of the 2nd week deadline.