Early Entry Program for Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics

The Early Entry Program for a Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics is intended to serve as a fast path for completing a baccalaureate degree and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics, condensing what would normally be about five years of study into about four years. By accelerating the completion of the baccalaureate degree and the Graduate Certificate, students will jump start their careers as professionals and potentially can continue on to the master’s degree. The Early Entry Program for the Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics makes graduate education more accessible and affordable to students interested in pursuing advanced studies in statistics, as well as make them more employable with a specialty certificate.

The student must have taken the following courses during their undergraduate degree prior to applying for the Early Entry Program: MATH 1451 Calculus I (pre-req MATH 1302 and MATH 1303) and STAT 3352 Applied Statistics I (pre-req MATH 1451) or equivalent.

The Graduate Certificate requires 15 hours which includes the following courses: STAT 7340 Advanced Statistical Methods I; STAT 7341 Advanced Statistical Methods II; STAT 5342 Introduction to SAS as well as 6 credit hours of approved electives. In this program, students are able to double count 12 credits of graduate courses. These 12 credits satisfy upper level credits for the undergraduate degree, as well as satisfy course requirements in the Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics.

Recommended Early Entry Course Sequence

First Semester (Fall of senior year)

STAT 5342 Introduction to SAS
STAT 7340 Advanced Statistical Methods I

Second Semester (Spring of senior year)

STAT 7341 Advanced Statistical Methods II
Approved Elective (typically STAT 7343 Programming in SAS)

Summer after undergraduate graduation 

Approved Elective

Application Process

Students are strongly encouraged to apply to the Early Entry Program for a Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics before the end of their junior year to help ensure that they have the full subsequent year to begin taking appropriate courses for graduate credit.

  • Undergraduate students may apply and be accepted any time after completing 75 hours or more of undergraduate coursework. However, at least 90 hours of undergraduate coursework must have been completed by the time the first graduate course is taken.
  • All applicants must have at least a 3.2 overall GPA at UA Little Rock in order to be considered. Students who have transferred to our program can participate in the Early Entry Program provided their relevant transfer coursework (i.e., courses taken at other institutions that are being used to meet our baccalaureate degree requirements) also meets the 3.2 minimum GPA criteria.
  • All applicants must have taken Calculus I MATH 1451 and Applied Statistics I STAT 3352 or equivalent with a C or higher.
  • All applicants must complete an application for and be accepted into the Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics program and Graduate School.
  • All applicants must complete an Early-Entry Program form and be approved for admission by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics graduate coordinator. The Department of Mathematics and Statistics Graduate Coordinator’s decision is final and cannot be appealed. The Early Entry form must be approved by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics Graduate Coordinator before the students begins graduate coursework. Failure to obtain prior approval negates the ability to “double count” courses.
  • If, at the end of the student’s baccalaureate degree, a Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics student has failed to meet the Graduate School admission requirement of a 2.7 overall undergraduate GPA, the student will be dismissed from the Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics program.

Once a completed application has been received by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, the student will be notified quickly, generally within 30 days, whether they have been accepted into the Early Entry Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics program.

A completed application consists of

  • Completed graduate application form for the UALR Graduate School,
  • Completed Early-Entry Program form
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a university faculty member in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics (letters are to be submitted directly by recommenders)

Submit your application to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics Graduate Coordinator. This person is currently Dr. Annie Childers, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, ETAS 410A, University of AR at Little Rock, 2801 South University, 72204. Applications may be submitted by email to abchilders@ualr.edu as a single WORD or PDF document.