I'm a bit of a nontraditional applicant to MS statistics programs exclusively--I was a history major at a small, liberal arts college and my quantitative courses consisted of one intro stat and one intro comp sci class. A couple years ago I took a free online Calc I class for fun (thanks Coursera) and subsequently took Calc II/III and Matrix Algebra at night through a local community college. In September 2015 I took a leap and became a full-time student at a public state university after a few years in the workforce, taking Probability Theory, an intro Math Proofs course, a Design of Experiments stats course, and a Stat Comp/Data Analysis stat course. This semester I'm taking a Math Stat course, an upper-level Linear Algebra course, a Regression/Time Series stat course, and a Java programming course. The ideal goal is to secure some degree of funding for an MS program (which explains some of my school choices below), but considering my circumstances I'd honestly be happy to get in anywhere.
Undergrad Institution: Top 20 Liberal Arts College Major(s): History Minor(s): GPA: 3.56
Type of Student: Male, Domestic, Biracial (Caucasian/Taiwanese) GRE General Test:
Q: 163 (86%) V: 165 (95%) W: 5.0 (92%) GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: N/A TOEFL Score: N/A Grad Institution: N/A
Concentration: N/A GPA: N/A
Programs Applying: MS Stat
Research Experience: None. Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's List one semester, decent-sized scholarship for undergrad. Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Digital marketing specialist at an academic research hospital.
Letters of Recommendation: One from a community college math professor, one from an undergraduate stats professor with a decent number of publications in high-dimension reduction research, one from my former work supervisor. Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Nontraditional background as noted above. Took a full year of math/stat courses between Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 to satisfy prereqs for most of the schools I applied to. Applied to: Ohio State - Admitted (1/21) California - Davis - Pending Vermont - Pending
Temple - Pending
British Columbia - Pending
Oregon State - Pending