Undergraduate study in Statistics

What can you study in Statistics?

Topics range from statistics for the social sciences and commerce to data analysis, probability, computer programming for statistical purposes and statistical theory.

Undergraduate programmes in Statistics

You can study Statistics as a BA major or take elective courses.

Find out about your options for the Bachelor of Arts

From 2018 the BA minor in Statistics will no longer be available for new admissions. If you are currently enrolled in the minor, please seek advice from the Arts Students’ Centre.

Entry into Stage I Statistics courses

To be able to enrol in Stage I Statistics courses you will need to meet the following selection criteria.

  • Domestic school leavers require an NCEA rank score of at least 180, a CIE rank score of 190 or an IB rank score of 27.
  • Returning University of Auckland students require a GPA of at least 3.
  • Students transferring from other tertiary institutions require a GPE of at least 3, based on the most recent full-time year of tertiary study.
  • International students must meet the above criteria, depending on their entrance category.

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Which Statistics courses should I take?

  • If you want to learn how to analyse data or fulfil Psychology prerequisites, take STATS 102, 101 or 108. These lead on to all further Statistics courses.
  • If you are interested in the data-based arguments that pervade the media rather than data analysis, consider STATS 150 (Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics).
  • If you intend to advance to Stage II data analysis, take STATS 101, 102 or 108.
  • If you want to take a statistical theory course at Stage III, take either MATHS 150 in your first year and MATHS 250 in a subsequent semester or, alternatively, MATHS 108 followed by MATHS 208.
  • If you are interested in statistical theory, we strongly recommend STATS 125. This course is appropriate if you have a high performance in Level 3 NCEA Statistics and Modelling, or equivalent.

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Statistics

If you are beginning a BA in 2018

You can take a major in Statistics as one of your two BA majors (a double major). You will need to pass at least 120 points (eight courses) towards each of your majors, including at least 45 points (three courses) at Stage III.

If you first enrolled in a BA prior to 2018

Requirements for a BA major and minor

For a single major you must pass at least 135 points, including at least 60 points above Stage II.

For a double major you must pass at least 120 points in each of two majors, including at least 45 points above Stage II in each major.

For a BA minor you must pass at least 90 points, including at least 60 points above Stage I. BA minors will be discontinued for new admissions from 2018. If you are currently enrolled in a minor, please seek advice from the Arts Students’ Centre.

University regulations for the Bachelor of Arts.

How to choose your courses

You must choose your courses from those listed in the BA schedule for Statistics. You must also meet any specific requirements indicated in the schedule.

2018 BA schedule for Statistics

For help with degree planning

Drop in to the Arts Students' Centre.