## Mathematical Statistics Program

The use of statistical methodology is highly relevant for any person carrying research where data has been collected. Thus, Statistics is frequently used to validate research in fields such as engineering, biology, psychology, medicine, agriculture, etc. The main goal of this graduate program is to prepare students that will be able to apply statistical techniques to other fields in a correct way. The emphasis of the program is more in applied statistics than in theoretical statistics and probability. However, theoretical foundations of statistics and probability is considered in most of the courses. Students wishing to pursue a doctoral degree in statistics are encouraged to take more courses in theory of statistics, probability and stochastic processes. Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in Mathematics or its equivalent. Candidates are expected to have approved undergraduate courses in Linear Algebra and Multivariate Calculus. The approval of at least an undergraduate course in Statistics is also required. Knowledge of computer programming is highly desirable.

In addition to the requirements of the Office of Graduate Studies, the Master of Science degree in Mathematical Statistics, has three options of study, thesis (Plan I), project (Plan II), and thesis or project (Plan III)