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
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
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
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 a Statistics,
Operations and Management Science
faculty member to serve on the student's committee.
3. The student's graduate committee must include a member of the
IGSP Faculty. For students seeking the M.S. in Statistics, the
committee member must be a faculty member in the Department of Statistics,
Operations and Management Science. Doctoral students seeking the minor in Statistics will normally have a faculty member from the SOMS department on their committee; however, a student may petition the Executive Committee, throughthe Chair, to allow a specified IGSP faculty member from outside the SOMS department to serve on the committee.
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 three levels. Course options consist of courses in statistics, offered either
by the Department of 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 Statistics, Operations and
Management Science Department. The Program Executive Committee
representative (College Representative) from the applicant's college may assist in developing the
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
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 Statistics, Operations and Management Science 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
The structure and responsibilities of the Program
Faculty and the Executive Committee are outlined below.
V. PROGRAM FACULTY
a. All members of the
Statistics faculty in the Department of Statistics,
Operations and Management Science with rank of assistant
professor or above, and other SOMS Department faculty approved by the IGSP Executive
b. Any faculty member with rank of assistant professor or above
nominated for membership by the respective department head and formally approved for
membership by the Program Executive Committee. The IGSP Executive Committee reviews an
applicant's resume with respect to the person's professional training, interests and
activities in research and/or graduate level teaching of statistics. The applicant must
submit evidence of research which includes significant development of theory or
applications of statistics. The applicant may submit evidence of graduate courses taught
which include substantial statistical methods, techniques and/or theory.
a. To teach courses approved for the Program. These courses may or may
not be in the instructor's assigned department. All teaching across departmental lines
will be funded by the department offering the courses. Teaching across departmental lines
will be encouraged.
b. To direct graduate student research as required.
c. To serve on graduate committees of students.
VI. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Executive Committee members must be IGSP Faculty members.
b. Chairperson--the head of the Department of Statistics,
Operations and Management Science or a
c. A member of the College of Business Administration appointed by the
Dean of the College of Business Administration.
d. A member of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural
Resources appointed by the Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural
e. Any other college participating in this program will have an
individual member appointed by the Dean of the college.
f. All appointments will be for renewable two-year terms .
of the Chairperson
a. To implement the decisions of the Executive Committee.
b. To call meetings, when appropriate, to ensure the well-being of the
c. To present an annual report to the Dean of the Graduate School.
d. To respond to requests for program review from either the Executive
Committee or the Graduate School.
of the Executive Committee
a. To determine minimum requirements for statistics minors.
b. To approve degree programs and courses nominated for inclusion in
c. To maintain a procedure and criteria for approving nominated faculty
for membership in the Program Faculty.
d. To maintain a system for evaluating courses nominated for inclusion
in the Program and for evaluating approved Program courses periodically.
e. To work with heads of participating departments in scheduling
courses to allow for timely completion of course sequences.
f. To work with heads of participating departments in developing course
titles which reflect statistical content.
g. To maintain a procedure by which unresolved differences among
members of the Executive Committee or petitioners can be forwarded to the respective Deans
and the Dean of the Graduate School.