SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- AffordableSchools.net (http://www.affordableschools.net) -- a college rankings site centering on unique and affordable academic programs -- announced the release of its newest college rankings list, featuring the 25 Most Affordable Master's of Statistics Degrees.
The top three schools on this AffordableSchools.net's rankings list are: (1) University of Massachusetts-Lowell (Lowell, Massachusetts); (2) Brigham Young University-Provo (Provo, Utah); (3) Minnesota State University-Mankato (Mankato, Minnesota). The complete list of all 25 U.S. colleges and universities, in alphabetical order, comprises:
* Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, Ohio)
* Brigham Young University-Provo (Provo, Utah)
* California State University-East Bay (Hayward, California)
* California State University-Fullerton (Fullerton, California)
* California State University-Long Beach (Long Beach, California)
* Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
* Minnesota State University-Mankato (Mankato, Minnesota)
* Montana State University (Bozeman, Montana)
* Montclair State University (Montclair, New Jersey)
* New Mexico State University (Las Cruces, New Mexico)
* North Dakota State University (Fargo, North Dakota)
* Sam Houston State University (Huntsville, Texas)
* San Diego State University (San Diego, California)
* San Jose State University (San Jose, California)
* South Dakota State University (Brookings, South Dakota)
* Texas A & M University-College Station (College Station, Texas)
* Texas Tech University (Lubbock, Texas)
* University of Akron (Akron, Ohio)
* University of Houston-Clear Lake (Houston, Texas)
* University of Houston-Downtown (Houston, Texas)
* University of Massachusetts-Lowell (Lowell, Massachusetts)
* University of Texas at El Paso (El Paso, Texas)
* University of Wyoming (Laramie, Wyoming)
* West Chester University of Pennsylvania (West Chester, Pennsylvania)
* Western Illinois University (Macomb, Illinois)
"Currently, statistical knowledge is in high demand," said Raj Dash, the article's lead researcher. "The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates 34% growth in job figures between 2014-2024 in statistics-related occupations.
"There is a particularly high demand for interdisciplinary skills that combine statistics with any of business, engineering, medicine, etc. For example, there is a significant shortage of skilled workers in the United States capable of filling interdisciplinary roles such as Data Scientist and other high-paying, supporting occupations, including Data Engineer, Statistician, Data Analyst, etc.
"Students who want to combine a master's degree in statistics with another relevant bachelor's discipline have a decided advantage in the above careers over someone with only a baccalaureate degree. This rankings list, complete with charts and other discovery features, can help the prospective master's student in finding an affordable graduate degree in statistics or an interdisciplinary program."
Rankings for this list were compiled with data from NCES (National Center for Education Statistics), a bureau of the Dept. of Education (http://nces.ed.gov/). We queried for graduate institutions that grant degrees in pure or Applied Statistics programs, filtered out schools in U.S. protectorate nations such as Guam and Puerto Rico, then sorted the resulting schools by increasing out-of-state graduate tuition rate. From this data, we selected the 25 most affordable. This list continues our Master's rankings series. Similar topical rankings will be published at AffordableSchools (http://www.affordableschools.net) -- an independent college search and rankings site with a focus on affordable colleges and programs -- on a regular basis.
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