William F. Rosenberger 

Welcome from the Department Chair

Welcome to the website for the Department of Statistics, the academic statistics department of George Mason University. On these pages, you can find out more about our distinguished faculty and our graduate programs.

Our department has expertise in many cutting-edge areas of statistical research. Three particular emphases are data analytics, including big data, data mining, and high dimensional statistical methods; biostatistics, the application of statistics to medical research; and federal statistics, the application of statistics to important branches of the federal government. The Washington area and Northern Virginia are prime employers of statisticians: Fortune recently ranked Ph.D. in Statistics, M.S. in Statistics, and M.S. in Biostatistics as the first, second, and ninth best graduate degrees for jobs.

Our recent push has been in the area of data analytics. We have recently hired tenure-track and tenured faculty in the areas of financial analytics, big data problems, including sparse data, data confidentiality, and visualization of massive multi-dimensional data sets.

In addition to our masters and doctoral programs in Statistical Science, we offer an M.S. degree in Biostatistics, a joint M.S. degree in Data Analytics Engineering (with concentration in Statistics) and dual M.S. degree programs in Statistical Science and Operations Research and in Statistical Science and Mathematics. We also have two graduate certificates (Federal Statistics and Applied Statistics) that are designed for working professionals to expand their expertise in statistics. In 2017 we will begin a new B.S. degree program in Statistics, with concentrations that are on the forefront of modern data analysis. We offer a limited number of competitive research and teaching assistantships for full-time graduate studies. Part-time graduate students will find our campus quite convenient, as we offer all graduate courses one night per week after 4:30 p.m., and a free CUE bus is available from the Vienna/Fairfax-GMU metro station.

The Department currently has 16 regular faculty, 18 supported graduate students, over 60 M.S. students, and about 15 Ph.D. students.

We are excited about the future direction of the Department, our graduate programs, and our faculty's sponsored research. If you are a student, we invite you to consider applying here!

William F. Rosenberger
University Professor and Chairman