Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics (GCAS) allows students studying in programs outside the Dr. Bing Zhang Department of Statistics to learn a basic background in the design and analysis of quantitative data. This credential allows student to demonstrate quantitative expertise with prospective employers as well as better conduct quantitative research in their dissertations. Tuition information can be found on this webpage, and refund information can be found on this webpage.

In many programs, several courses in the GCAS are already required, meaning the certificate can often be obtained with a minimal amount of extra coursework. This page provides information on the GCAS. If you have any questions, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies in Statistics at

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to this curriculum and work towards an Applied Statistics Certificate, students must be admitted to the graduate school. GRE scores are not required for admission into the graduate certificate program.

Steps to Earn Graduate Certificate

  1. Students must first receive coursework approval.  If you are a current UK student/employee, please fill out the form found here. If you are not a current UK student, please email  To view curriculum requirements, please see the Curriculum section near the bottom of the page.
  2. If your coursework is approved, students must then apply to the Certificate program in Applied Statistics in order to complete the application process***.  The application can be found here.  Please note that a new Graduate School rule requires that all students not currently enrolled in a degree program at UK must submit official transcripts. Letters of Recommendation are not needed for the certificate.
  3. Once you complete the course plan, please email from your University of Kentucky email address, being sure to include your linkblue ID in the email.  After review by the Director of Graduate Studies, and if all course requirements are met, the certificate will be awarded.

***When you apply, you must use a different email address than the one you used to apply to your current degree program.  You will need to upload your current UK transcript, which you can access from myUK.  If you are currently in a graduate program, you may email Maureen Barker,, about a fee waiver.  Please note that if you have already graduated, you will not be entitled to a fee waiver.  


  • To prepare students to perform statistical data analysis needed for their research.
  • To educate students concerning assumptions behind each statistical method and how to check those assumptions.
  • To educate students concerning identification of the appropriate statistical analysis in any particular situation.


Students will be required to complete 12 hours of class work with no grade lower than B to complete the curriculum. The current curriculum is:

  1. STA 570 (Basic Statistical Analysis, 3 hours)
  2. STA 674 (Regression Analysis and Design of Experiments, 3 hours)
  3. STA 677 (Applied Multivariate Methods, 3 hours)
  4. STA 678 (Statistical Computational Theory and Data Visualization:  R and SAS, 3 hours)

Interested? Please contact the Director of Graduate Studies at

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