Statistics Graduate Certificate

The Statistics 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 certificate program requires individuals to acquire focused knowledge in statistical theory, with an emphasis on application.

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 - III (or equivalent).

3)      Successful completion of a course in any computer programming language.

4)      Successful completion of at least one of the following courses:  linear algebra, differential equations, numerical analysis.

Additional reference to KUMC Graduate Studies:

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.


Characteristics of Graduates:

Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate in Statistics, 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 the statistical theory and 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 Statistics the graduate should be able to:

1)      Demonstrate a basic knowledge and understanding of the statistical theory and practice as applicable to his or her field.

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 design and implementation of a research project.

5)      Assume responsibility for the design and implementation of analyses for a research project.

6)      Prepare reports and publications resulting from research studies.

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

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

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


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 via website:

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)      Three (3) letters of recommendation.

4)      Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.

5)      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.

6)      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.

7)      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.

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.


Course Plan/Certificate Requirements:

A minimum of 15 post-Bachelor's Degree credit hours are required with a letter grade B or better, which include 9 credit hours of required courses and 6 elective credit hours of courses taught through the Department of Biostatistics:

Required Courses (9 credit hours):

BIOS 830: Experimental Design (3 credit hours)

BIOS 840: Linear Regression (3 credit hours)

BIOS 871: Mathematical Statistics I (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses (6 credit hours, choose 2):

BIOS 820: Statistical Computing/SAS Base L1 (3 credit hours)

BIOS 821: Statistical Computing II (3 credit hours)

BIOS 823: Introduction to Programming and Applied Statistics in R (3 credit hours)

BIOS 825: Nonparametric Methods (3 credit hours)

BIOS 833: Sampling Methods (3 credit hours)

BIOS 835: Categorical Data Analysis (3 credit hours)

BIOS 845: Survival Analysis (3 credit hours)

BIOS 850: Multivariate Statistics (3 credit hours)

BIOS 855: Statistical Method in Genomics Research (3 credit hours)

BIOS 872: Mathematical Statistics II (3 credit hours)


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

*Course Descriptions -

*KUMC Department of Biostatistics Website -


For questions regarding the Biostatistics Graduate Program, contact:

Jo Wick, Ph.D.

Assistant Director of Graduate Education, Department of Biostatistics

(913) 588-4790

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