Statistics, Biostatistics Degree Growth Sustained Through 2015


Amstat News, American Statistical Association

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Oct 1, 2016) — By Steve Pierson

Steve Pierson earned his PhD in physics from the University of Minnesota. He spent eight years in the physics department of Worcester Polytechnic Institute before becoming head of government relations at the American Physical Society.Bachelor’s and master’s degrees earned in statistics and biostatistics continued their strong growth, while doctoral degrees were flat from 2014 to 2015.

According to the latest preliminary data release from the National Center for Education Statistics, bachelor’s degrees grew 19% to 2,336 (31 of which are for biostatistics) and master’s degrees increased 14% to 3,415 (646 for biostatistics), as seen in Figure 1. Doctoral degrees increased by 2 to 580 (185 for biostatistics). The growth in master’s degrees in statistics is particularly striking, as seen in Figure 2, with a 35% increase over 2014 (9.8% for master’s degrees in statistics). ...

There were many universities granting statistics and biostatistics degrees for the first time (since 2003) in 2015: 

Bachelor’s degrees in statistics: Albion College, Amherst College, Arizona State University-West, California Baptist University, Siena Heights University, and Williams College
Master’s degrees in statistics: Kennesaw State University, National University, and New York University
Master’s degrees in biostatistics: Michigan State University, Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis, Rutgers University, and University of Massachusetts-Amherst ....

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