undergraduate program

Certificate in Statistics - Post-baccalaureate undergraduate certificate

The Certificate in Statistics is open to students who have received bachelor’s degrees in other areas. The primary goal of the program is to allow students with undergraduate majors in science, engineering and the social sciences an opportunity to acquire the formal training in statistics that is currently in demand in industry and government. Some students also may find the program a useful way to prepare for graduate study in statistics.

To be admitted to the program, a student must complete a baccalaureate degree. Application materials and further information may be obtained by calling (804) 828-0001 or TDD (804) 828-0100, or by writing to the following address: Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Statistical Sciences and Operations Research, Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Statistics, P.O. Box 843083, Richmond, VA 23284-3083.

The certificate program in statistics requires completion of the mathematics and statistics courses listed below. A maximum of 15 credits toward certification may be transferred from course work completed before or after receiving a bachelor’s degree. At least 18 approved credits must be from STAT courses at the 300 level or higher and must be taken at VCU. No more than six of these 18 credits can be from courses taken before admission to the certificate program. The student must achieve a minimum GPA (on courses taken at VCU) of 2.5 with no grade below C. All requirements for the certificate must be completed within five years of admission to the program.

The following courses are required (right column contains credit hours for VCU courses):

Required courses


MATH 200

Calculus with Analytic Geometry


MATH 201

Calculus with Analytic Geometry


MATH 307

Multivariate Calculus


STAT 210

Basic Practice of Statistics


or STAT 212

Concepts of Statistics

STAT 305

Intermediate Statistics


or STAT 314

Applications of Statistics

STAT 309

Introduction to Probability Theory


STAT 310

Introduction to Statistical Inference


STAT 321

Introduction to Statistical Computing




Choose two from the following:


STAT 403

Introduction to Stochastic Processes


STAT 415

Statistical Consulting


STAT 421

Applied Statistical Computing Using R


STAT 423

Nonparametric Statistics


STAT 425

Multivariate Statistics


STAT 435

Industrial Statistics


STAT 443



STAT 475

Time Series


Total Hours


Students accepted to the program will have access to the program coordinator and undergraduate advisers to best determine a plan of study. Statistics courses taught in other units of the university (for example, SCMA 301 and SCMA 302) may be credited toward the certificate with the permission of the program coordinator.