The PhD in Statistical Science represents the highest academic attainment for a statistician and, as such, requires in-depth knowledge of modern statistical theory and practice. The degree program is a hybrid of mathematical theory, computation, and data analysis; and students are expected to be proficient in all three. Current research areas of key department faculty in the program include biometric identification, biostatistics, statistical genetics, statistical graphics, data confidentiality, networking analysis, and data exploration.
Students should have a master’s degree in a mathematically-intensive discipline with a minimum 3.50 GPA. Students entering with a master’s degree are expected to have completed coursework equivalent to STAT 544, STAT 554, STAT 652, and STAT 656 with exceptional performance. The program also requires a course in advanced calculus, MATH 315 or equivalent, with a B or better. In exceptional circumstances, talented students with a mathematically-intensive undergraduate degree may be admitted. The GRE Exam is required for admission.
Application is made through the central Volgenau School Graduate Admissions Office website. The admissions deadlines are strict and are clearly stated here. Students are strongly encouraged to submit a complete package to the admissions office to avoid delays in processing separate mailings. International students must have minimal English Proficiency exam scores, which are found here. (This is University policy and cannot be waived by the Department.)
Reduction of Credit:
Students must complete a minimum of 72 graduate credits, which may be reduced by a maximum of 24 credits with a master’s degree in statistics, mathematics, or similar discipline. Reduction of credit requires the approval of the program director or designee and the dean or designee of the school. They determine whether the credits are eligible for reduction of credit and applicable to the degree program and the number of credits to be reduced. Students with an MS from GMU must complete a minimum of 72 credits from their combined MS and PhD programs.
The 72 hours of required doctoral-level credits typically consist of 48 credits of regular coursework and 24 credits of dissertation research. The following degree plan is based on a student who receives a full 24 credit reduction. Students who do not receive a full credit reduction should choose additional credits in consultation with their advisor.