The object of the statistics masters program is to provide academic instruction in the theory of mathematical statistics with a rigorous foundation, while emphasizing applications to real world problems. The program is intended for individuals who are seeking or currently hold positions that involve the application of statistics and statistical methodology. Our program and its choices of electives are complemented and enriched by a number of diverse programs both within and outside the Department of Mathematics, for instance, those focusing on statistical applications in medicine, computational biology, and finance. A student may orient his/her course of study toward a particular field of application through appropriate selections from the program listings, plus elective courses from other disciplines. Current USC undergraduates may have the option of completing the statistics masters program as a progressive degree.