Statistical Applications Graduate Certificate

 

The Statistical Applications Graduate Certificate is awarded to those who have demonstrated specialized knowledge in a scientific field, but not to the level required by a postgraduate master's degree. The Graduate Certificate in Statistical Applications proposed herein requires individuals to acquire sufficient knowledge and expertise to permit them to work at the frontier of their field through:

1)      Becoming familiar with statistical methods in research, business, and industry.

2)      Becoming excellent consumers of the literature where statistical applications are utilized.

3)      Applying many of the common statistical methods to compliment his or her every day job duties. Course work in this proposal is designed with this purpose in mind. 

 

Characteristics of Graduates:

Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate in Statistical Applications, the student should be prepared to apply many of the common statistical methods to compliment his or her every day job duties. Therefore the student must have a basic understanding of statistical practice and should be proficient in the application of common statistical methods to one or more areas application. At the completion of the Graduate Certificate in Statistical Applications the graduate should be able to:

1)      Demonstrate a basic knowledge and understanding of the applications of some of the more common statistical methods.

2)      Function as a collaborator on a research team.

3)      Critically evaluate the literature where statistical applications are used.

4)      Take a leadership role in the implementation of a research project.

5)      Prepare reports and publications resulting from research studies.

6)      Serve as an advocate for proper statistical application and interpretation of results in his or her field.

 

To pursue the Graduate Certificate, the applicant must meet the general KU requirements for admission to graduate studies. The minimum requirements for admission into the Statistics Graduate Certificate program are:

1)       An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better is required for regular admission status.  Provisional status may be granted for applicants with GPAs of less than 3.0, provided they meet the academic standards of the Department without excessive deficiencies in prerequisites.

2)      Letter grade B or better in calculus I (or equivalent) or a quantitative GRE score in the 70th percentile or higher.

3)      Letter grade B or better in a graduate-level introductory statistics course (e.g., BIOS 717: Fundamentals of Biostatistics II or equivalent).  Note: Students not meeting this requirement may fulfill this with completion of BIOS 717.

An applicant meeting the fore going standards is referred to the Biostatistics admissions committee for approval or disapproval. 

Additional reference to KUMC Graduate Studies: http://catalog.ku.edu/201314/schools/gs/certificates

No student may work toward a graduate certificate without being accepted as a graduate certificate student in a specific graduate certificate program. Graduate certificates are not granted retroactively.  An individual who is not currently a degree-seeking graduate student at KU must apply and may be admitted directly to a graduate certificate program.

Degree-seeking graduate students admitted to a certificate program must be in good standing (3.0 or higher grade-point average) with their departments. A degree-seeking student currently enrolled in a graduate degree program who wishes to pursue a simultaneous graduate certificate in another department must inform the graduate director/advisor/coordinator in the home department of his or her intent to seek the certificate, in addition to applying directly to a graduate certificate program.

The graduate certificate program is not a means of entry into a graduate degree program. If students admitted to a graduate certificate program are later admitted to a graduate degree program as degree-seeking, applicable courses taken for the graduate certificate program may, upon recommendation of the department or program to its Graduate Division and within general guidelines, be approved by the division to be counted toward the degree.

While the courses comprising a graduate certificate may be used as evidence in support of a student's application for admission to a graduate degree program, the certificate itself is not considered to be a prerequisite and does not guarantee admission into any graduate degree program. The certificate program is not intended to serve as a default system for students in a degree program who find that they are not able to complete the degree for academic or other reasons. Should a student drop out of a degree program and seek admission to a certificate program, all certificate admission requirements must be followed for admission and conferral.

Graduate credit from another institution may not be transferred to a KU graduate certificate program.

 

Admission Procedures:

Application for admission to the Statistics Graduate Certificate program is through the Department of Biostatistics. The following materials are required for admission:

1)      Completed application form either mailed submission or via website: https://www.applyweb.com/apply/kumc/index.html.

2)      An official transcript bearing the official seal from each college or university in which coursework had been taken.   Evidence of a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university is required.

3)      Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.

4)      Students currently enrolled in graduate programs at KUMC or KU must be in good standing (3.0 or higher GPA) and have a letter of approval from their current graduate program director and/or department chair indicating support for enrolling into the certificate program.

5)      An application fee of $75.00 is required for each student application. For those students that are currently enrolled in a KUMC, KU Lawrence, KU School of Medicine Wichita and Salina program the application fee will be waived in full upon verification.

6)      If an applicant is a current KU or KUMC student we must receive a letter of approval from the program department at which the student is enrolled in.

7)      A background check is required during the admission process; it may affect the student's eligibility to enter the program.

Applicants whose native language is not English or who graduated from a foreign institution must submit TOEFL scores less than 2 years old. The complete minimum English proficiency requirements for KUMC students can be found on the International Programs website.

Applicants who earned a degree outside the United States must submit a transcript evaluation for U.S. equivalent degree and grade-point average.

Online application and procedures can be found on the department's website.

  

Course Plan/Certificate Requirements For Students Seeking a Graduate Degree:

For individuals already seeking a post-graduate degree at KUMC, KU-L, KU Wichita or Salina campuses a minimum of 12 post-Bachelor's Degree credit hours are required with a B or better grade in each course to be awarded the Graduate Certificate. Biostatistics courses required by their current program cannot count toward the 12 credit hours. The course plan consists of 12 credit hours from courses in statistical applications through the Department of Biostatistics:

Statistical Application Courses (12 credit hours, choose 4):

BIOS 715: Introduction to Data Management using RedCap and SAS (3 credit hours)

BIOS 720: Analysis of Variance2 (3 credit hours)

BIOS 730: Applied Linear Regression2 (3 credit hours)

BIOS 725: Applied Nonparametric Statistics (3 credit hours)

BIOS 735: Categorical Data and Survival Analysis (3 credit hours)

BIOS 740: Applied Multivariate Methods (3 credit hours)

BIOS 799: Introduction to Statistical Genomics (3 credit hours)

 

Course Requirements For Students Not Seeking Post-Graduate Degree:

For individuals who are otherwise not seeking a post-graduate degree at KUMC or KU-L, a minimum of 12 post-Bachelor's Degree credit hours are required with a B or better grade in each course to be awarded the Graduate Certificate. The course plan consists of 12 credit hours from courses in statistical applications through the Department of Biostatistics:

 

Required Courses (6 credit hours):

BIOS 720: Analysis of Variance (3 credit hours)

BIOS 730: Applied Linear Regression (3 credit hours)

 

Elective Courses (6 credit hours, choose 2):

BIOS 715: Introduction to Data Management using RedCap and SAS (3 credit hours)

BIOS 725: Applied Nonparametric Statistics (3 credit hours)

BIOS 735: Categorical Data and Survival Analysis (3 credit hours)

BIOS 740: Applied Multivariate Methods (3 credit hours)

BIOS 799: Introduction to Statistical Genomics (3 credit hours)

 

*All course prerequisites must be met for enrollment to courses.

*Course Descriptions - http://www.kumc.edu/school-of-medicine/department-of-biostatistics/course-catalog.html.

*KUMC Department of Biostatistics Website - http://www.kumc.edu/school-of-medicine/department-of-biostatistics/biostatistics-graduate-program.html.

 

For questions regarding the Biostatistics Graduate Program, contact:

Jackie Jorland, BS

Education Coordinator

jjorland@kumc.edu

(913) 945-9419

 

Jo Wick, Ph.D.

Assistant Director of Graduate Education, Department of Biostatistics

jwick@kumc.edu

(913) 588-4790

 

 

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