Earn a Master's Degree in Statistics at the JKU

Why are election predictions often accurate? How effective are vaccines? As a data scientist, you provide the foundation and the bottom line to be able to make fact-based, informed decisions.

The four-semester Master’s degree program in Statistics is offered entirely in English and addresses key areas of statistics and data science. Your studies include focusing on key theoretical approaches and, in cooperation with experts in other fields, you will learn how to apply academic theory to tackle and solve real-world issues.

The 21st century is rapidly becoming an age of information! Your data literacy skills and the ability to critically analyze data and information will be the key to modern society’s future success. As a program graduate with a strong background in statistics, you will be highly sought after for a wide variety of job openings and positions in different fields.

 

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Master's Degree in Statistics

Degree

Master of Science (MSc)

Duration

4 semesters

ECTS

120 credits

Language

English (Level B2)

Location

Linz

Program

Full-Time / Part-Time (50%)

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What Makes the Statistics Program Special

  • The JKU’s graduate degree program in Statistics gives you a unique opportunity to work on current cases using real data, thereby applying theory learned in the classroom to address and solve real-world issues. You can also opt to write your Master’s thesis at a company.
  • You can earn additional academic qualifications, such as the "EMOS: European Master in Official Statistics".
  • JKU students consistently rate the program highly; students especially appreciate the more familiar environment, the low student-to-faculty ratio, and being able to easily contact classmates and faculty members.

Program Structure

As part of the Master’s degree program, students must complete classes amounting to a total of 120 ECTS credits in the following subject areas:

SEMESTER S1 S2 S3 S4
Mathematical Statistics x x    
Statistical Methods x x x  
Data Analysis   x x  

Soft Skills

x      
Electives x   x x

Selected Electives

x x x  

Master's Thesis Seminar

    x x

Master's Thesis

      x

Master's Examination

      x

Master's in Statistics: Main Areas of Focus

  • The program focuses on the study of statistics and data analysis, including the skills required to collaborate with others in different fields.
  • Statistics: Focus on statistical concepts including Biostatistics and Experimental Design in-depth; you can also independently pursue an individual concentration in 'Official Statistics', or earn the European EMOS certificate to boost your professional career and give yourself an international competitive edge.
  • Data Science: Apply principles and context to Big Data analyses, for example, or to the interaction between data quantity and quality. You can also choose to focus on a specialization area of your choice.
  • Cross-Disciplinary Focus: Hone your skills to not only be able to work effectively with experts in different fields, but to also develop and apply solution-oriented methods.

What you will learn in Statistics at the University

The program aims to educate students in the field of "data literacy". You will learn everything you need to know about
 

  • Data Acquisition - How do I retrieve specific data?
  • Data Acquisition - When it comes to analyzing Big Data, what do I need to take into account?
  • Data Management - How do I organize data more efficiently?
  • Data Analysis - What kind of information does the data provide and what kind of methods do I use?
  • Data Processing - Do I use existing software or do I program the software myself?
  • Communicating the Findings - How do I convey analytical findings in laymen's terms?

Did you know that ...?

...the Institute for Applied Statistics (IFAS) at the JKU not only works with various local companies such as Hofer, Greiner, voestalpine, Pöttinger, but also with Statistics Austria (paid internships), and with the Faculty of Medicine, the Kepler University Hospital, and the University of Veterinary Medicine?

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Your Career Prospects

After successfully completing the Master's degree program in Statistics, you can pursue a very broad, multi-faceted career. Companies and industries that need to collect, systematically manage, analyze, and present data on a large scale need your expertise! Digitalization continues to drive growth in this field further and our graduates work for leading companies and institutions in the following areas:
 

  • Industry
  • Medicine
  • Banks
  • Official statistics offices, such as Statistics Austria, Statistics Upper Austria
  • Conducting market and opinion research
  • Commerce
  • Academia

On average, graduates in this field tend to find a job 2 months after graduation. After 3 years of employment, the average monthly gross salary is € 3,471.00.

 

„The class sizes were small and for me, the smaller student-to-faculty ratio was a positive aspect. I felt like I had strong support during my studies.“
CHRISTINA NEUWIRTH, MSC
GRADUATE OF THE MASTER'S PROGRAM IN STATISTICS
Portrait Julia Neuwirth

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Requirements

In order to be accepted to the Master's degree program in Statistics, you must meet the following admission requirements:

  • Successful completion of the Bachelor's degree program in Statistics & Data Science at the JKU, or successful completion of a comparable Bachelor's degree program offered at another institution of higher education
  • We also recommend a minimum B2 level of proficiency in English

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Location

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Frequently Asked Questions

As part of the program, you will have numerous opportunities to actively work together with companies, Statistics Austria, or in the field of medicine, technology, and engineering. You will focus on current issues that require collecting statistical data and information. This makes the Master's degree program in Statistics very practice-oriented and relevant!

We recommend a minimum proficiency level of B2 (Matural level) in English.

Still Have Questions?

Do you need help registering or do you have questions about the program? Contact the JKU's Office of Student Information and Academic Advising (SIBS)!

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