# Specializations

The Institute offers specializations in topics in several areas of focus. Successfully complete three of the courses listed for any specialization and you'll earn a Record of Specialization from the Institute for Statistics Education at Statistics.com. These are all standard Statistics.com courses - small classes, regular interaction with your instructor throughout the course, rapid expert feedback on your homework and projects. You can register for the courses individually, and even incorporate courses that you have recently successfully completed. To receive your record of specialization there is a recording fee of $65. If you register for all three courses at the same time, you'll receive substantial tuition savings and the recording fee is waived.

## 3-course specialization: $1197 ($399 per course)

### 1. Rasch & Item Response Theory

Statistical methods for calibration and equating of test instruments. Take any three of the four Statistics.com courses listed below. For savings, use the promo code **"rasch-specialization"** and register for all three courses at once (not combinable with other tuition savings). If you register for all four, you'll still receive the discounted rate.

- Introduction to Item Response Theory
- Practical Rasch Measurement- Core Topics
- Many-Facet Rasch Measurement
- Practical Rasch Measurement- Further Topics

### 2. Text Mining and Analytics

Text mining, natural language processing and sentiment analysis. Requires Python and some familiarity with Bayesian statistics. Take any three of the four Statistics.com courses listed below. For savings, use the promo code "**text-specialization**" and register for all three courses at once (not combinable with other tuition savings). If you register for all four, you'll still receive the discounted rate.

### 3. Bayesian Statistics

Take any three of the five Statistics.com courses listed below. For savings, use the promo code **"bayes-specialization"** and register for all three courses at once (not combinable with other tuition savings). If you register for all four, you'll still receive the discounted rate.

- Introduction to Bayesian Statistics
- Introduction to Bayesian Computing and Techniques
- Bayesian Regression Modeling via MCMC Techniques
- Bayesian Statistics in R
- Introduction to Bayesian Hierarchical and Multi-Level Models

### 4. Optimization

Linear programming, nonlinear programming, network flow, decision analysis, queuing, simulation. For savings, use the promo code "**optimize-specialization**" and register for three of the four courses listed below at once (not combinable with other tuition savings). If you register for all four, you'll still receive the discounted rate. If you register for all four, you'll still receive the discounted rate.

- Optimization- Linear Programming
- Integer and Nonlinear Programming and Network Flow
- Risk Simulation and Queuing
- Financial Risk Modeling

### 5. R Programming

The four courses below cover R programming all the way from the basics to advanced programming techniques. If you are completely new to programming, start at R Programming Introduction 1 and continue through R Programming Intermediate to earn your specialization; if you are already somewhat familiar with programming you should probably start with R Programming Introduction 2, and continue through the advanced course. Note that becoming an accomplished programmer requires some practice and you will need to build in some time for regular R use on the job or elsewhere between R Programming Introduction 2 and R Programming Intermediate. For savings, use the promo code "**rprog-specialization**" and register for three of the four courses at once (being sure to leave a gap before R Programming Intermediate as specified in the prerequisites to that course) (not combinable with other tuition savings). If you register for all four, you'll still receive the discounted rate.

- R Programming- Introduction 1
- R Programming- Introduction 2
- R Programming- Intermediate
- R Programming- Advanced

### 6. Survey Analytics

Designing surveys or analyzing survey data? Take the three Statistics.com courses listed below. For savings, use the promo code "**survey-specialization**" and register for all three courses at once (not combinable with other tuition savings).

- Survey Design and Sampling Procedures
- Survey Analysis
- Analysis of Survey Data from Complex Sample Designs

### 7. Spatial Analytics

Need to analyze location or geospatial data? Take three of the four Statistics.com courses listed below. For savings, use the promo code "**spatial-specialization**" and register for your three courses at once (not combinable with other tuition savings).

- Spatial Statistics with GIS
- Spatial Analysis Techniques in R
- Mapping in R
- Geospatial Data Mapping with QGIS

If you have previously taken and passed three courses in any of these specializations, you may request a Record of Specialization retroactively. Simply pay **the recording fee here**, and we will verify and send you the specialization.

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