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Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics

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Organisations in the 21st century depend on their employees' abilities to research, organise, compile, analyse and interpret data. Be in-demand and develop your practical skills in modern statistical techniques and data-driven research with CSU's Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics.

This applied statistics course enables you to learn or hone your data-analytic abilities using contemporary software packages. You will graduate with the skills to improve organisational performance through better-informed decision-making and increased productivity.

  • Why study this course?

    The Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics is designed to train scientists in modern techniques associated with their biometrical requirements. It provides a foundation in statistical concepts and develops skills in the use of modern statistical techniques with current software.

    Growing demand

    Industries are struggling to find professionals who are competent to research with microdata to big data and can turn raw data into new insights and significant value. The knowledge gained in this course can be applied in a range of occupations, from health and science to senior secondary teaching, and research in fields as broad as finance and the social sciences.

    Practical program

    You will commence your studies with core subjects in scientific statistics and experimental design and analysis. You will then have the opportunity to choose from elective subjects that support your career goals and interests.

    Online convenience

    This flexible course is available for online study from anywhere in the world, with sessions commencing in February and July each year. Subjects are taught using blended learning techniques including online study materials, lectures, meetings and subject forums.

    Learn from industry leaders

    CSU's School of Computing and Mathematics has an excellent national reputation, with a research profile that is ranked at world level according to the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation. You will receive personal engagement and support from dedicated professional educators.

  • Career opportunities

    CSU's Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics is a career-enhancing qualification that equips you to apply modern statistical techniques and data analytics using the latest software. Your new knowledge and skills will be beneficial in a range of industries where statistical analysis and data-driven research are performed, including agriculture, business, health and science.

  • Credit and pathways

    Candidates may receive transfer credit for up to 50% of the course for prior study if they can demonstrate that such study was completed at a recognised higher education institution within the last 10 years at the postgraduate level. To apply for credit, candidates are required to submit with their application for admission a certified transcript of results and subject outline / curriculum of those subjects.

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit

    No special credit arrangements apply.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The course consists of two core subjects and two restricted electives.

    Core subjects

    STA401 Scientific Statistics (PG)
    STA508 Experimental Design and Analysis (PG)

    Restricted Electives

    Two of the following:
    STA404 Statistical Data Analysis
    MTH309 Principles of Operations Research
    STA427 Advanced Stastistical Modelling
    STA448 Multivariate Statistical Analysis
    SPA407 Applied Geostatistics
    MKT563 Big Data and Marketing Analytics
    JST495 Intelligence and Analytics
    ITC516 Data Mining and Analytics
    [ ] any other Level 400 or 500 Statistics subject with the approval of the Course Coordinator

    Enrolment pattern

    Due to the flexibility of the course requirements, there is no prescribed enrolment pattern. Using the following guidelines, students may choose the order in which they undertake subjects.

    Students should complete core subjects first as these are assumed knowledge for a number of the elective choices:

    STA427 is offered in session 2 in alternate years commencing 2011
    STA448 is offered in session 2 in alternate years commencing 2012

  • Admission information

    Applicants without a tertiary qualification may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics on the basis of professional attainment and/or work experience.

    Applicants for admission must normally hold:

    • an undergraduate degree from a recognised Australian tertiary institution
    • a qualification deemed to be equivalent
    • other academic and/or professional qualifications and/or work experience acceptable to the University.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees are relevant for 2016 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

    In some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
    Find out more

    Tuition costs
    Fee-paying place
    3000*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    As a fee paying student, the Australian Government does not contribute towards your study costs. You pay a tuition fee for each subject you undertake.


    1. Defer your payment using a FEE-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your tuition fee up-front each session

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2016.

    More information about fee-paying places

    Distance education (offshore) study mode
    *Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2016.

    More information about international student fees

  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPOSYYNJBCB
    DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPPGYYNOBCB

    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    Students must complete 32 points (4 subjects).

  • How to apply
    Apply direct to CSU

    An online application to CSU takes about 15 minutes to complete. Find out more

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    Apply direct to CSU

    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

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    Recruitment agent

    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

    International recruitment agents

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    Find out more about deferral

  • About the School

    School of Computing and Mathematics

    The School of Computing and Mathematics is a cross-campus School, based at the Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst and Wagga Wagga campuses, and offering undergraduate and postgraduate degrees online. The School has strong external research and consultancy links, creating a range of opportunities for students to mix their study with interesting research projects. The School of Computing and Mathematics has an excellent national reputation, with a research profile that is ranked at world level according to the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation. In addition, the School was recently ranked by University Reviews as offering one of the top two computer science courses in Australia for 2016. The focus of teaching and research is on practical applications of information and communication technology, mathematics and statistics to applied problems in industry, the environment and business.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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