PhD in Statistical Science
This degree represents the highest academic attainment for a statistician. It’s the gateway to a fulfilling and lucrative career in industry, the government, or academia.
With so many sectors of industry and government collecting unprecedented quantities of data, the job market is booming for statisticians. In fact, a doctorate in statistics was named the best graduate degree for jobs in Fortune magazine.
Our PhD in statistical science requires in-depth knowledge of modern statistical theory and practice, which are important skills at a time when data and statistics are ubiquitous in almost every field.
The degree program is a hybrid of mathematical theory, computation, and data analysis. Students are expected to be proficient in all three.
Faculty conduct research in big data analytics, biostatistics, statistical genetics, statistical graphics, data confidentiality, networking analysis, and data exploration. Full-time graduate students can apply for competitive research and teaching assistantships.
Check the catalog for official degree and admission requirements.
For more information, contact the degree coordinator Guoqing Diao.
Forms for PhD Students
- Application for Qualifying Exams
- Plan of Study
- Application for Comprehensive Exam
- Comprehensive Exam Report Form
- Application for Doctoral Dissertation Proposal
- Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Report Form
- Approval to Defend Form
- Final Defense Checklist
Qualifying Exam Schedule, Winter 2020
- Monday, January 6: Applied Probability
- Wednesday, January 8: Statistical Inference
- Friday, January 10: Applied Statistics
All exams will be given from 4:30pm to 6:30pm in room ENGR 1109.
“I felt a tremendous intellectual satisfaction by completing my dissertation, and it also helped me serve as an adjunct faculty and teach graduate courses.”
— Tigran Markaryan, PhD Statistical Science ’09, Executive Vice President of Custom Analytics at MMA and an adjunct faculty member