Statistics is a field of study that deals with the collection and analysis of numerical data through mathematical and scientific techniques. Programs in this field prepare students for career opportunities in various fields including business, computer technology, economics, medicine and education. Statistics programs are available online or in a hybrid format at the bachelor's, master's, and graduate certificate levels. Undergraduate programs may require students to attend some courses onsite.
Distance learning statistics bachelor's degree programs provide training in basic mathematical principles, statistical methods, analysis and research. At this level, online programs are not common. Those that are available may be hybrid in format, requiring onsite attendance for certain courses.
An advanced Certificate in Applied Statistics is an education option that focuses on research and data analysis. Programs often require 12-18 credits for completion, and students may choose to apply their distance learning statistics courses to a master's degree program. Topics include the following:
- Regression methods
- Hypotheses testing
- Probability theory
- Data management
- Experiment design
Distance learning master's degree programs in statistics are often available entirely online and allow students to complete graduate studies while maintaining their normal work schedules. Students usually earn their distance learning statistics master's degrees in two years. These programs usually include a capstone project and cover advanced statistics topics, such as the following:
- Data analysis
- Statistics in research
A bachelor's degree in statistics is the standard requirement for most professional careers in the field. The following are examples of entry- and mid-level positions requiring a strong statistics background:
- Science technician
- Public health researcher
- Market researcher
- Software engineer
Students who have completed a distance learning certificate program in applied statistics may consider the following careers:
- Project manager
- Statistics consultant
The following are examples of career options available to students with a master's degree in statistics:
- Healthcare data analyst
- Statistics research manager
- Risk manager
Online Learning Details
Students are typically able to download their syllabus, assignments and other course materials. Many professors include online videos or lecture notes. Online discussions and live class sessions may also be integrated, for which students will likely need a headset with microphone and a webcam. Software required may include MS Word and PowerPoint. Statistical analysis software may also be required and may be obtained for free through the school.
While there are some bachelor's level programs in statistics that are offered partially online, fully online programs are more common at the certificate and master's level and typically are more focused in one of the many subfields of statistics, like regression methods, programming, or experiment design.