Hello all - I have a question I hope can be answered here. While I love Math, I know that there are very few jobs available with a BS/MS in pure Math. After taking a few Stats courses, I realized I can definitely make a career out of being a statistician. I already do the statistics for a Biochemistry professor at my university and would definitely be happy with working as a statistician. According to many Math/Stat professors at my university, salaries are high (starting salaries are around $70,000 here in Chicago with an MS), and jobs are plentiful. In general, how competitive are MS programs in applied statistics? I was looking at Stanford, UCLA, Texas A&M, University of Chicago, Northwestern, University of Illinois/Wisconsin/Minnesota/Iowa, North Carolina etc... (pretty much top tier programs). Stanford, for example, mentions that 25% of MS applicants are admitted. Are these programs really not that competitive? Anyone have any experience? I definitely do not want to commit to a PhD. I just can't stay in school that long. Also, I have a 3.7 GPA overall, 3.85 GPA in Mathematics. I'm planning on taking the GRE subject test next fall and am sure I can get 3 solid LORs. Help?