Good schools for Master's in stats?


<p>I'm finishing up my undergraduate degree and really want to do a master's degree in statistics. I'm having trouble finding information about programs, though, and I remembered you guys were a help in my undergrad (awhile ago I was around a lot, but I can't remember the username or e-mail I chose to use here...sadly).</p>

<p>What I'm looking for:
*A school with a strong master's program in statistics. My goal is to work in business or government as a statistician, though I'd like to keep teaching (high school or comm. college) open as an option.
*I would also like to go somewhere with some decent funding/tuition remission available as my funds are running a little low - I have some experience working as a TA for an intro stats course.
*I would prefer west-coast to east coast but I'm open to any and all suggestions. </p>

<p>My background:
McGill University B.Com in Statistics, potentially with another concentration in Operations Management</p>

<p>So I've taken your standard stats courses - and a fair number of pure math (Linear Algebra, Calc 1,2,3 and Ad. Calc, Differential equations) - with the one exception of Analysis. I could potentially take non-degree courses in this during the year I'm taking off, if necessary. </p>

<p>My cumulative GPA is not fantastic (3.35) because I bounced around a lot my first two years at university trying to discover what I wanted to do. If it helps any my GPA in my last two years here figures to be around 3.6-3.7 (it's 3.7 now but I'm allowing for it to go down), and my GPA in the courses required for my statistics major is 3.6. I'm also a TA for an introductory business statistics course and I tutor Operations Management for the Management students' society. I haven't taken GREs yet but I assume I would score fairly well as I would be taking them after graduating and have plenty of time to devote to studying, plus I'm a fairly good standardized test taker. Not sure how I would do on the math subject test, though, if that were required. </p>

<p>My hometown is Seattle, WA, so the natural choice would be University of Washington, however one of my professors is from there and he has expressed doubts about whether I'm a strong enough candidate to get in there, given that I have a B.Com instead of a B.Sci. However, when I mentioned the other in-state university, Washington State University, he told me that I was too good to go there and I wouldn't learn as much as I could elsewhere. So my goal is to find universities that strike a good balance between the two.</p>

<p>So I turn to you wonderful wise people - any thoughts about schools that would be a good fit? </p>

<p>Thanks :-)</p>

<p>What is B.Com?</p>

<p>Unless you really want to be in business, I would go get an MS in Biostatistics. The job market is better and so are the salaries. University of Washington has a great biostat program although competitive. But you should apply anyway because you got your degree from McGill.</p>

<p>Here is a link to programs in biostatistics:</p>

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<p>Thanks so much!</p>

<p>B.Com = Bachelor of Commerce, ie, a business undergrad.</p>

<p>I am intrigued by biostats and no, I'm not set on going into business. I just figured it would be better to look for business - oriented program because that compliments my undergrad background, and it's something I enjoy. But I will definitely check out the biostats program at UW as well.</p>