As part of our series How to Fully Fund Your Master’s Degree, here is a list of universities that fully fund the studies of all or most of their Master’s in Statistics students. A Master’s Degree in Statistics can lead to careers in research, teaching, academia, and many more industries.
“Full funding” is a financial aid package for full-time students that includes full tuition remission as well as an annual stipend or salary during the entire program, which for Master’s degrees is usually 1-2 years. Funding usually comes with the expectation that students will teach or complete research in their field of study. Not all universities fully-fund their doctoral students, which is why researching the financial aid offerings of many different programs, including small and lesser-known schools both in the U.S. and abroad, is essential.
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Here is the list of some universities that offer funded Master’s programs in Statistics.
Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH): The Department offers approximately 55 teaching assistantships. Assistantships for Master’s students are currently $12,500 for the nine-month academic year. Summer support ranging from $1,000-$2,000 is also available. In most circumstances, a tuition scholarship is given to students receiving a stipend from the department.
McGill University (Montreal, Canada): All graduate students in Mathematics and Statistics who are accepted into our masters or doctoral programs receive funding. We provide funding in terms of stipend, scholarships and opportunities for teaching assistant salary.
Memorial University (Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada): The Department of Mathematics and Statistics endeavours to ensure a reasonable minimum level of financial support for all its graduate students, subject to their satisfactory progress. Students admitted into our research graduate programs with full funding receive a minimum of $14,732 annually at the Master’s level.
Ohio State University (Columbus, OH): About half of the master’s students are funded currently. Students who are offered funding at the time of admission either via a Fellowship or Graduate Teaching Associateship are typically guaranteed funding through the duration of their program (up to five years if needed for a PhD student or two years for a master’s student) provided that the student continues to make appropriate progress toward the degree and carries out assigned duties satisfactorily.
Queen’s University (Kingston, Canada): The funding package can consist of teaching assistantships or fellowships, research fellowships, internal and external awards and/or scholarships. We encourage all eligible students to apply for external scholarships such as NSERC or OGS. Entering graduate students who are awarded federal government tri-council awards automatically receive a top-up of $5000 (MSc)/$10000 (PhD) from Queen’s in the first year of their program. International students are normally awarded additional funding. M.Sc, & M.A.Sc. receive up to $24,500 per year.
Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, Canada): Graduate students are funded through a combination of teaching assistant (TA) positions, research assistant (RA) positions, scholarships, etc. Generally, we accept only students for whom full funding is available. Awards and fellowships may be available through the department, university, or external organizations.
University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada): Most of our students in a thesis-based MSc or a PhD program receive a Funding Guarantee from the Department. Domestic MSc students with a Funding Guarantee can expect funding of at least $24,780 per year for up to two years.
University of Calgary (Calgary, Canada): Full-time thesis-based students will be funded for up to two years or sponsored.
University of Georgia (Athens, GA): Many of the graduate students in the Department of Statistics receive some form of financial support. Typically, 35-40 students per semester receive full support. The majority of students are supported by Teaching Assistantships (TAs). Graduate Students who are supported at 4/9 time are currently paid a monthly stipend of $1548.00 if they do not already hold an Master’s degree (of any kind).
University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY): All applicants are automatically considered for Fellowships and Assistantships. Financial support packages range from $15,000 to $26,500 for the academic year. In addition, internships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships are usually available during summer term.
University of Massachusetts (Amherst, MA): Most graduate students are supported by Teaching Assistantships which provide a waiver of tuition and a 9-month stipend. New Teaching Assistants in M.S. programs will normally receive a stipend of at least $17,288.
University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IL): Almost 100% of students in the Graduate School receive full-tuition scholarships that include all fees except for a small student activity fee. Master’s programs offer varying levels of support, ranging from tuition assistantship to full tuition plus a stipend.
Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC): Almost all of the participants in our program receive substantial aid: a teaching assistantship, or a full or partial scholarship. Students who receive assistantships receive a full scholarship plus a living allowance. During the 2019-2020 academic year the full Teaching Assistant stipend is $15,480. Students who do not have an assistantship are eligible to work in the Math Center on an hourly basis.
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