Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Statistics
Indian Statistical Institute
Earn a Postgraduate credential and build skills for a career in applied statistics and quantitative analytics.
In this Postgraduate credential program, you will learn the statistical tools and concepts necessary to make data-driven decisions and advance your career in the fields of applied statistics and quantitative analytics. The program—which leverages expertise used by the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) to train the Indian Statistical Service officers—emphasizes the use of real-world data, including data from governments and international organizations that are available in the public domain. To begin with, you will gain the necessary background for collection, visualization, and analysis of these data for solving real problems. As you advance through the program, you will gain job-ready applied skills and develop experience with in-demand statistical data analysis tools in popular coding platforms like Python and R. You can also acquire skills needed to build, maintain, interpret and improve official databases useful for policy making.
What makes this diploma special?
As a learner, you’ll benefit in three key ways from this program’s unique design. First, the program is built around official data systems, and you’ll benefit from a 360-degree view into how these systems are built and used, and gain the diverse skills required to develop this understanding. Second, the program emphasizes a rigorous approach while requiring only a minimally sufficient level of mathematics knowledge, so the material is accessible to beginners. Finally, you’ll work on assignments with real data and develop hands-on experience.
In addition to mastering foundational statistics, economics, and computing skills, you’ll have the opportunity to choose between two concentrations: Official Statistics and Data Analytics. With the Official Statistics concentration, you’ll focus on the data collection and organization that lie in the back end of the public databases used for policy making. In the Data Analytics concentration, you’ll focus on the statistical methods and toolsets needed to visualize and analyze data effectively. The opportunity to tailor your studies will enable you to develop specialized skills and align your learning journey with your career goals.
Learn from a premiere Indian institution
This program is offered by the Indian Statistical Institute, which is funded by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation of the Government of India. You will have the opportunity to learn from experts who handle large data sets to facilitate policy decisions. The regular and guest faculty members, in addition to their teaching and research activities, are also regularly engaged in the training of officers of the Indian Statistical Service. Your fellow learners are selected on the basis of their mathematical ability (mostly algebra and calculus) and interest in statistical databases. You’ll be learning alongside everyone from researchers in social science to professional policy consultants as you advance your capabilities.
About the Program
You are eligible for this program if you have a bachelor’s degree and adequate skills in calculus and algebra. You are a good fit if you have an interest in data sets in the public domain.
In this rigorous program, you’ll develop a comprehensive understanding of advanced-level theory, methods, and applications of statistics using large data sets in the public domain. You’ll interact with world-class faculty from one of the leading institutions in India and have the opportunity to tailor your studies by choosing a specialization—either Official Statistics or Data Analytics.
Earning your Postgraduate credential can be an ideal next career step for learners with a mastery of calculus and algebra who have an analytical mindset and would like to take up positions in industry and public sectors. ISI graduates consistently go on to succeed as data scientists, analysts, statisticians, software development engineers, researchers, policymakers, and more, and have taken roles with industry leaders such as Microsoft, Google, Dell, JP Morgan & Chase, KPMG, Amazon, Flipkart, Samsung, and others.
In this online Postgraduate credential program, you’ll interact with our world-class faculty on a weekly basis in real time. Your learning experience will also feature a range of assessments, including quizzes, programming assignments, and reflective exercises. You’ll also benefit from a blend of live and recorded lectures and ample opportunities to get hands-on experience using state of the art tools to analyze real-world data.
About the University
The Indian Statistical Institute is a premiere Indian institution engaged in the teaching and research of statistics, the development of theoretical statistics, and its applications in various natural and social sciences. The institute was declared an institution of national importance in 1959, through an act of Indian parliament. ISI is unique in that it functions directly under the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MOSPI) of the Government of India.
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