Statistics Program (IGSP):
Increase your marketability in the professional market.
You can earn a minor or M.S. in Statistics simultaneously with a master's or
doctoral degree in another department.
Testimonial from David A. Hooper, PhD in Nuclear
Engineering, MS in Statistics 2011
Let me be blunt: IGSP is the
best educational deal at UT, period.
I was lucky; I took a couple
Statistics courses early in my studies to fill a couple math
requirements. When I heard of IGSP, I looked at my timetable and
realized I had room to add the extra courses to earn the MS in
Statistics alongside my PhD. Hey, free degree! So I initially
enrolled in IGSP to get an additional Master's, some additional resume
cred, and make myself just a touch more marketable. Beyond those
factors, however, IGSP turned out to be one of the best educational
experiences of my graduate career.
Statistics transformed my good
dissertation into a great dissertation. From experimental
design to model selection to back-end interpretation, I knew exactly
why my decisions made good statistical sense. I didn't just collect
data, provide interpretations, and close the book; I improved the
design of the experiment (before collecting data!), certified the
statistical validity of my models, and produced clear, well-defended
results that neither overreached nor underperformed. I was even able
to add original contributions based solely on the statistics involved!
Now that my graduate work is
done, I will enjoy the benefits of a Statistics Master's for the rest
of my life. I can interpret data more easily and thoroughly than most
of my peers. By studying Statistics with students from other fields,
I learned how to work with people outside my discipline (engineering)
which will help me present my future work in terms that more people
can understand. I have a second full network of professors for future
letters of recommendation, work collaborations, and support. I have
a built-in edge in job interviews and a resume line that will always
attract attention. In the recession of 2011, I am not looking for job
offers; they are looking for me.
I may sound overconfident, but
I can't overstress the value of IGSP. Most people in data-driven
disciplines don't really understand the statistics they deal with
every day. IGSP patches that hole and provides practical tools to put
theory to work. If anybody has questions about IGSP and wants to talk
to a former student, they can contact me through the Statistics
department. I am happy to help.
Testimonial from Hongwei Yang, Doctoral Student in Educational
Psychology and Counseling 2007
My experience in
IGSP has been highly positive. And I am glad that UT has such an
option which offers its graduate students the *golden* opportunity
to greatly enhance their marketability in the professional world by
learning and applying state-of-the-art statistical techniques. The
MS degree from the IGSP is a valuable addition to the Ph.D. degree I
am pursuing in my home department: Educational Psychology and
First, I have the
flexibility to choose a job that either focuses on applied
statistics or is more theoretically oriented. I was trained to use
point-and-click software packages like SAS Enterprise Guide, SPSS,
JMP, NCSS, etc. I was also taught to program on open-architecture
platforms: MATLAB and R. The training process was very informative
and intense. I have had considerable amount of exposure to plenty of
Second, I can have
the curriculum tailored to my specific area of application. My
research focus is on Psychometrics and quantitative methods in the
social sciences. This program allows me to incorporate courses of
interest into the curriculum so that my M.S. degree in Statistics
through the IGSP greatly enhances the value of the Ph.D. degree from
my home department.
nice features of the IGSP, I strongly recommend it to all who aspire
to a Statistics-related career. This highly successful program is
sure to continue its impact and benefit all UT students in the years
I am writing this short
note to supplement the testimonial that I wrote about one year ago
regarding UTís Intercollegiate Graduate Statistics Program (IGSP).
This is when I have already secured a faculty position at the
University of Kentucky. During my job search process, the MS in
Statistics degree that I got from the IGSP did put me in a highly
competitive position. This degree and my home department PhD helped
me get quite a few interview opportunities and get more than one job
offers. I feel employers really value the in-depth, extensive, and
cutting-edge quantitative training that IGSP offers. And the
masterís degree turned out to be a very important addition to my PhD
in Educational Psychology.
M.S. Entomology and Plant Pathology, 2004
Craig Rogers, Ph.D. in Psychology, 2005 (Campbellsville College, KY)
I am writing to
strongly encourage other graduate students to strongly consider
completing the requirements for the IGSP statistics minor.
Initially I did not understand the beneficial nature of the minor in
statistics. However, when I began applying for faculty positions,
the benefits became quite clear. The interest that I received from
other schools was in great part a result of having completed the
minor in statistics. I truly didnít fully appreciate the
encouragement from others in regards to doing any and everything
that I could to set me apart from other job applicants, but in this
respect the statistics minor has served me well. Whenever I was
contacted about interviewing for a position, the one constant that
was always mentioned was the minor in statistics.
While the minor
in statistics allowed me to garner greater interest and make me more
marketable, the true value of the minor was no evident until I began
negotiating for a faculty position. The offer that I eventually
agreed to was $4000 higher than the next highest offer and around
$10,000 higher than I would have been offered had I chosen not to
pursue the IGSP statistics minor program. Based on my experiences
with the program, I would strongly encourage any graduate student to
consider completing the minor in statistics as part of their
graduate training. The benefit gained will both increase your
marketability as well as your negotiating power when looking for
Testimonial from Gary Cuddeback, Ph.D. in Social Work, 2004 (University of
North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
The IGSP was both challenging and rewarding. The
professors were excellent as were the courses. My involvement with the
IGSP helped me to be competitive on the job market after graduation and
continues to be invaluable to my career as a researcher and professor. I
strongly recommend this program.
Testimonial from Kyoung-Nam Kwon, Ph.D.
in Retail and Consumer Sciences, 2000 (Michigan State University)
As I am leaving the University
of Tennessee to take an assistant professor position in Michigan State
University, I would like to express my gratitude for the Intercollegiate
Graduate statistics Program. I have earned a minor in Statistics
through the program. I have benefited from the program in many
ways. Especially, I appreciate the courses accommodating non-statistics
majors like me. Statistical understanding and techniques I learned
from the courses has been essential for me to conduct various projects
for submissions to conferences and journals during my years at UT.
Furthermore, when I was interviewed by schools for a job, the record
indicating I had a minor in Statistics and statistics courses listed in
my vita demonstrated credentials for my research capabilities. I
believe the statistical training I received through the Intercollegiate
Graduate Statistics Program strengthens the quality of my research
through methodological flexibility. One more time, I would like to
express my appreciation for the Intercollegiate Graduate Statistics
Program. I wish the continuing success of this program.
Participating in IGSP
department or unit have an approved IGSP
program (or is willing to establish one).
satisfactorily complete from the list of
available IGSP courses
those that have also been approved by your unit:
count up to 9 hours toward both your master's or doctoral degree and
the statistics minor, or toward your doctoral degree and the
Statistics faculty member on your graduate committee
if you are seeking the M.S. in Statistics. You have an IGSP faculty
member on your committee if you are a Master's student seeking the minor in Statistics. Doctoral students seeking the minor in Statistics normally will have a Statistics Department faculty member on their committee; however, a Doctoral student may petition the Executive Committee, through the Chair, to allow a specified IGSP faculty membert outside the Statistics Department to serve on the committee.
complete all of the paperwork (application
form) (see flowchart) well in
advance of your graduation date [i.e. early in the semester you plan
to graduate, if not sooner].
- You meet all Graduate School Requirements, including grade C or better in all courses, and average of B or better across all courses.
inquiries to the IGSP Executive Committee Chair
Dr. Mary Sue Younger