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View Poll Results: MAS I+II=M.S. in Statistics/Data Science?
6 months or less 6 30.00%
half of a M.S. in Statistics 7 35.00%
The same as an M.S. in Statistics 2 10.00%
I have an M.S. in Stats and these are ridiculous! 5 25.00%
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Old 07-09-2019, 12:55 PM
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Default MAS-I+MAS-II=M.S. in Statistics?

I'm curious to know from anyone having degrees in Statistics or Applied Math. How would you say passing these two exams compares to finishing a M.S. in Statistics?
As difficult as they are I would be surprised if we're getting the same depth of knowledge but I wonder how close it comes.

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Old 07-09-2019, 01:48 PM
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It's not even equivalent to a B.S. in Statistics.
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It's not even equivalent to a B.S. in Statistics.
Ugh...Seriously? Ignorant as I feel, I was hoping they were hard for some good reason. What am I doing with my life?
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Old 07-09-2019, 03:41 PM
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Just because they aren't equivalent, doesn't mean they aren't useful. MAS is very hands-on and practical, from what I can tell (never having had to take them myself). And actuaries are very much focused on the practical, for the most part.

They are also very focused on portions of statistics that are most relevant to our work - Modern Actuarial Statistics. So you don't learn anything about designing exit polls or pharmaceutical experimental design, for example, that you might study as part of a B.S. Statistics program.
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Why isn't there an option for PhD
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It's equivalent to two semesters of mathematic statistics at an average state university.
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It's equivalent to two semesters of mathematic statistics at an average state university.
What college did you graduate from?
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I don't know why I was thinking about this question while studying, but for some reason it popped into my mind.

I thought I heard many years ago that ACAS was generally considered equivalent to getting a master's degree (subject unspecified). Agree/disagree?
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I don't know why I was thinking about this question while studying, but for some reason it popped into my mind.

I thought I heard many years ago that ACAS was generally considered equivalent to getting a master's degree (subject unspecified). Agree/disagree?
I have a master degree in math with a 3.96 GPA -- i still failed this exam with a 5 --- 3 times in a row so there's that. Getting a master's degree requires way less memorization and it's a lot more practical. These exams require a large breadth of knowledge.
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I have a masters in statistics but can't speak for these exams since I am SOA. But based off the syllabus, my degree was much more theoretical. My degree had a much greater depth into linear models it looks like the exams are missing many of the experimental design aspects of MS programs. My outside courses were data mining (which covered everything in the "Statistical Learning" portion of MAS-II and then some, so not even a part of an MS Stats degree) and financial mathematics (covered half of FM, got approval to take an undergrad course since I was pursuing actuarial science)

We barely touched on credibility if even at all in my program. All bayesian stuff was covered. There were also quite a few elective classes that I didn't take that could have covered some of the topics I don't recognize.
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