The Department offers BA, BS degrees with a major in Statistics.


The Department of Statistics approves majors in statistics only for students who have met the following criteria:

  • 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Have met math pathway requirement (Math 1100, Math 1050, or STAT 1200, or more advanced)
  • Have met English comp requirement (ENGL 1000)

Students are encouraged to supplement their work in statistics with courses from areas such as economics, biology, accounting, finance, marketing, management, psychology, sociology, engineering, agriculture and atmospheric science. In addition, students must complete all degree, college and university graduation requirements, including university general education.


Students may pursue either a BA or a BS degree. For both degrees, students may pursue either a traditional track or an applied track. Students who are interested in graduate study in statistics are strongly encouraged to follow the traditional track.

Departmental Honors

To be admitted to the undergraduate honors program in the Department of Statistics, a student must have completed at least 12 of the 21 credits of statistics courses required for the major, have a grade-point average of at least 3.25 in all completed statistics courses, and identify a faculty member from the department who agrees to supervise the student’s honors research project.

In order to receive the departmental honors designation, students who have been accepted into the program must graduate with a grade-point average of at least 3.25 in statistics courses, prepare a senior thesis based on their honors project, and present the results of the thesis in a departmental colloquium or other public forum approved by their mentor. They also must earn a grade of “B” or better in 3 credits of STAT 4999 .

Visiting the Department of Statistics at MU

If you plan on visiting MU and have an interest, or plan, on becoming a statistics major, please include a visit to the Statistics Department in your schedule. The Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Larry Ries is happy to meet with students and families who are interested in more information about our program.  Appointments can be made by email at

Contact Info

Prof. Larry Ries
Associate Chair and Director of Undergraduate Studies

General Inquiries:

For current Mizzou students, we have a Canvas page with continually-updated information on the statistics major, minor and certificates, and with opportunities for current students.  To self-enroll in the Canvas page click this link: .