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George Mason University

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.

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“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

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