# Master of Science in Statistics

## PLAN B (Exam/non-thesis option): Fall 2020/Spring 2021

### Policies and Procedures for the Plan B examination:

Students in the Plan B option must pass a two-part comprehensive examination. You must be Advanced to Candidacy to register for a Statistics master exam. If you are not Advanced to Candidacy, do not register for master exams. If you do, your registration will be cancelled.

#### Theory Exam

The theory exam will cover materials from mathematical statistics. Though the exam questions will not be marked as from specific course work, students are advised to review course materials from STAT 670AB.

The exam will be closed book and closed notes. Students are allowed three 2-sided formula sheets of standard letter size (8.5 x 11 inches) and if typed, no smaller than 12 point font. Only formulas may be put on the cheat-sheets (problems with solutions are not allowed). The cheat-sheets must be handed in together with the exam. Necessary critical values or statistical tables will be provided for the exam. A hand calculator can be brought for basic arithmetic operations. The use of a cell phone, smart watch, or any other device that can access the internet during the exam, is strictly forbidden.

The theory exam will be given on a Wednesday before fall semester classes begin each year. See below for the schedule.

#### Data Analysis Exam

The data analysis exam consists of a written report of a data analysis project. Each student will be given a data set and corresponding scientific questions. Students will have one week to complete the data analysis and produce a written report following the instructions provided at the time of the exam. Collaboration on the data analysis and report writing is not allowed. Any collaboration will be deemed as cheating and result in a failing grade.

The instructions and details of the data analysis exam will be available online at 10am the Tuesday of the week before spring semester classes begin each year. A hard copy of the report must be submitted to the Dept Office in GMCS 413 by noon the following Tuesday. Electronic submissions are not allowed.

### THEORY EXAM, FALL 2020

Registration: **Monday, July 6 - Friday, July 31**

Exam date/location: **Wednesday, August 19, 2020, LL 328**

Be sure to bring your personal hand calculator for the Theory Exam.

To register, email: [email protected]

Subject line reads: Fall Theory Exam: (insert your LAST name in CAPS).

In the email text, include:

Your full name (LAST name in CAPS/ first name)

RedID#

Mailing address

Phone#

Number of times taking this exam:

Have you advanced to candidacy (yes/no):

Cancellations should be done before deadlines noted above or a failing grade will be given. At the time of the exam, each student will be given a random ID number to be used on the exams. Students may take the two parts of the exam in any order. Each part of the exam may be taken by a student at most two times.

If you have filed for Advancement to Candidacy, and successfully passed the two part comprehensive exams, please download and complete a copy of the Report of Final Examinations form. Have your Academic Adviser sign the form, then take the form to the Graduate Division Office.

### DATA ANALYSIS EXAM, SPRING 2021

Exam links below will be available online at 10:00am, TUESDAY, JANUARY (TBA)

**Data Instructions:** *link not available*
**Data Documentation:** *link not available*
**Data File:** *link not available*

Written report is due in the Department Office, GMCS 413, no later than TUESDAY, JANUARY (TBA) by 11:00 am.

Report may be submitted any time prior to the deadline.

Candidate must be advanced to candidacy before taking a two-part comprehensive exam.

**REGISTRATION DATES: Monday, NOVEMBER (TBA) – Friday, DECEMBER (TBA)**

No late registration after the deadline, December (TBA).

To register, email: [email protected]

Subject line reads: Spring Data Analysis Exam: (insert your last name in CAPS).

In the email text, include:

Your full name (LAST name in CAPS/ first name)

RedID#

Mailing address

Phone#

Number of times taking this exam:

Have you advanced to candidacy (yes/no):

Cancellations must be done before deadlines noted above or a failing grade will be given. Each candidate will be given a random code number to be used on the exams. Students may take the two parts of the exam in any order. The Data Analysis Exam may be taken by a student at most two times. For discussion, contact your adviser.

If you have filed for Advancement to Candidacy, and successfully passed the two part comprehensive exams, a Report of Final Examination form is required for graduation. This form is submitted online, and must be initiated by your Graduate Adviser. Please contact your Graduate Adviser if you would like to submit this form.

### Faculty

While coursework from other instructors may be counted towards the MS, the core faculty for the program consists of the statistics specialists within the Department. These are as follows:

Barbara Bailey, Jianwei Chen, Juanjuan Fan, Richard Levine, C.D.Lin, Jorge Carlos Roman