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The Intercollegiate Graduate Statistics Program (IGSP) is a formal University of Tennessee academic program established to enable students to earn either a minor or an M.S. in Statistics simultaneously with a master's or doctoral degree in another department. Approved coursework taken to meet doctoral requirements in the student's home department may also be credited toward the M.S. in Statistics. Similarly, approved coursework in statistics taken to meet the requirements for a master's or doctoral degree in another department may also count toward the minor in Statistics. The program is open to graduate students in all departments which have an approved minor and/or M.S. joint major curriculum offered through the program. The program is administered by an Executive Committee, consisting of college representatives from all colleges with approved programs, with advisory input from the program faculty.

Degree Program Hours in Approved IGSP Courses
Master's in home department, minor in Statistics 9
Master's in home department, M.S. in Statistics* 21
Doctorate in home department, minor in Statistics 15
Doctorate in home department, M.S. in Statistics* 21

*The M.S. in Statistics requires 30 hours.

Course options consist of courses in statistics, offered either by the Department of Business Analytics and Statistics or by other departments, which have been reviewed and approved by the IGSP Executive Committee. Students taking an M.S. in Statistics must pass the two-part comprehensive examination covering statistical theory and methods. Students taking a minor in Statistics in conjunction with a doctorate in another field must pass a written comprehensive examination in Statistics, constructed and evaluated by the student's Examination Committee. No formal comprehensive examination is required of students earning a Statistics minor along with a master's in another field beyond questions which the home department wishes to include as part of the comprehensive examination for the master's degree.

General Admissions and Degree Requirements

  1. The student's home department must have approved a program of courses with the Executive Committee. That program will specify the sequences of statistics courses, chosen from the IGSP-approved list, that are considered appropriate by the home department. Students who wish to participate in this program should contact their college representative or the Chair of IGSP in the Department of Statistics, Operations and Management Science.

  2. The student's graduate committee must include a member of the IGSP faculty.

  3. The student's Admission to Candidacy form must contain all courses required for the chosen degree program set off in a group and labeled "Statistics Courses Required for the Minor or M.S. in Statistics." Should the student not decide to apply for admission to the program until after completion of some of the courses, the student's major professor should file a program change with the cooperating departments and assist the student in obtaining an IGSP faculty member to serve on the student's graduate committee.

Successful completion of the Statistics M.S. or minor is recognized by appropriate documentation on the student's transcript. Students who do not complete the requirements of the minor or M.S. will still receive academic credit for the statistics courses they have successfully completed.

For information contact jls@utk.edu .


General Description

Introduction

The Intercollegiate Graduate Statistics Program is a formal University of Tennessee academic program established to recognize graduate students for completing the requirements of a minor or M.S. in Statistics. The Program enables a student to obtain a minor or M.S. in Statistics simultaneously with a graduate degree in another department.

The Program is administered by an Executive Committee with advisory input from the Program faculty. The Program is open to graduate students in departments that have an approved Statistics minor and/or M.S. curriculum offered through the Program.

Successful completion of the minor or M.S. in Statistics is recognized by appropriate documentation on the student's transcript. Students who do not complete all requirements for the Statistics minor or M.S. will still receive academic credit for statistics courses they have successfully completed. 

I.  Student Requirements for Admission and Completion of the Program

  1. The student's home department must have an approved degree program with the Executive Committee. That program will specify the sequences of statistics courses, chosen from the IGSP approved list, that are considered appropriate by the home department.

  2. The student's Admission to Candidacy form must contain all courses required for the chosen degree program set off in a group and labeled as "Statistics Courses Required for the Minor or M.S. in Statistics." It may be that a student does not decide to apply for participation in the Program until he/she has completed one or two statistics courses. In that case the student's major professor should file a program change with the cooperating departments and assist the student in obtaining an IGSP faculty member to serve on the student's committee.

  3. The student's graduate committee must include a  member of the IGSP Faculty.

  4. There will be a comprehensive exam in statistics for students taking a master's degree in Statistics or taking a minor in Statistics along with a doctorate in another field. A comprehensive exam in statistics is not required for students taking a minor in Statistics and M.S. in another field. .

II.  Program Requirements

Program options include earning the M.S. degree in Statistics simultaneously with a master's or doctoral degree in the student's home department. Similarly, a minor in Statistics can be earned in conjunction with a master's or doctoral degree in the student's home department.

Program requirements for the statistics component of each degree are specified in terms of completion of alternative sequences of course options at two levels. Course options consist of courses in statistics, offered either by the Department of Business Analytics and Statistics or by other departments, that have been reviewed and approved by the Executive Committee. Specific program requirements for a given academic unit are available from the College Representatives or the Chair of the Program. 

III. Program Additions and Modifications

Academic departments with existing or planned graduate degree programs are invited to submit requests for participation to the Program Executive Committee. Applications should indicate which degree program options are to be included and which statistics courses are to be accepted for each of the options. Requests for approval of statistics courses taught in departments other than the Department of Statistics should be accompanied by a course syllabus, vita and list of qualifications of the instructor(s). It is expected that courses will generally be equivalent to existing graduate level courses in the Department of Business Analytics and Statistics. The Program Executive Committee representative (College Representative) from the applicant's college may assist in developing the application.

Suggested program modifications that have been approved by the faculty of the participating academic unit should be sent to the College Representative, who in turn will bring them to the attention of the Executive Committee for final approval.

The policies and operational guidelines approved by the Faculty Senate for the Intercollegiate Graduate Statistics Program are flexible so that approval for new programs or modification of existing ones can be given with a minimum of delay. Interested students can be admitted provisionally to the Program at the same time that the sponsoring department is applying for approval of its degree program. 

IV. Program Administration

The Program Faculty is composed of members of the Department of Business Analytics and Statistics and other individuals with statistical expertise who have been nominated for membership by their respective department heads and approved by the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee, a subset of the Program Faculty, is responsible for making administrative decisions and for formulation and implementation of Program policies.

The structure and responsibilities of the Program Faculty and the Executive Committee are outlined below. 

V. Program Faculty

Membership

Responsibilities

VI. Executive Committee

Membership

Responsibilities of the Chairperson

Responsibilities of the Executive Committee


James Schmidhammer ~ 334 Stokely Management Center ~ Knoxville, TN ~ 37996 - 0525
Phone: 865-974-1735 ~ Fax: 865-974-2490 ~ Email:jls@utk.edu

 

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