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Statistics is an indispensable pillar of modern science, including data science and artificial intelligence.

This program has a rich tradition of creating groundbreaking statistical methods and conducting innovative applied statistics, bridging theory and practice and supporting knowledge discovery and decision-making through meaningful data extraction and analysis. Statistics is an indispensable pillar of modern science, including data science and artificial intelligence.

You can take advantage of the department’s flexible research options and work with your faculty of choice. You can leverage cross-department collaboration with biology, chemistry, medical sciences, economics, computer science, government, and public health to pursue your intellectual interests. You will become part of a close-knit, friendly department that offers many extra learning opportunities both inside and outside the program.

Examples of student projects include developing statistical methods to forecast infectious diseases from online search data, delineating causality from association, building a software package for evaluating redistricting plans in 50 states, leveraging machine learning algorithms for model-free inference, and employing a randomization-based inference framework to study peer effects. 

Graduates have secured faculty positions in institutions such as Stanford University; University of Pennsylvania; University of California, Berkeley; Johns Hopkins University; Carnegie Mellon University; Columbia University; and Georgia Institute of Technology. Others have begun careers at organizations such as Google, Apple, Etsy, Citadel, and the Boston Red Sox. 

Additional information on the graduate program is available from the Department of Statistics, and requirements for the degree are detailed in Policies.

Admissions Requirements

Please review admissions requirements and other information before applying. You can find degree program-specific admissions requirements below and access additional guidance on applying from the Department of Statistics.

Academic Background

Applicants should understand what the discipline of statistics entails and show evidence of involvement in applications or a strong theoretical interest.

The minimum mathematical preparation for admission is linear algebra and advanced calculus. Ideally, each student’s preparation should include at least one term each of mathematical probability and mathematical statistics. Additional study in statistics and related mathematical areas, such as analysis and measure theory, is helpful. In the initial stages of graduate study, students should give high priority to acquiring the mathematical level required to satisfy their objectives.

As statistics is so intimately connected with computation, computation is an important part of almost all courses and research projects in the department. Preferably, students should have programming experience relevant for statistical computation and simulation.

Standardized Tests

GRE General: Optional
GRE Subject: Optional

Theses & Dissertations

Theses & Dissertations for Statistics


See list of Statistics faculty


Degrees Offered


Questions about the Program?

Kathleen Cloutier