Ph.D. Statistics Program 

To earn a Ph.D. in Statistics, a student must pass the Ph.D. qualifying exam, pass the Ph.D. comprehensive exam, and write and defend a Ph.D. dissertation.

A Ph.D. student typically takes at least 30 credits of statistics in courses numbered 500 and higher. Credits from graduate courses taken from another department can be included in the Program of Study with the approval of the student's Ph.D. Graduate Committee. Additional course work in statistics and/or mathematics may be necessary, depending on the candidate's chosen area of specialization and background. For example, a Ph.D. student is expected to have completed all courses required for the M.S. degree in statistics and may need to make-up one or more of these courses if deficient.


Attention International Students:

  • Proof of English proficiency is required for most international applicants; however, it is waived for applicants from a small group of countries.  Please refer to the Graduate School's website for general information about English proficiency exam requirements for your country.
  • In order to be eligible for admission to the program, the department requires that the applicant demonstrate a minimum score on one of the following  TOEFL: 80-internet-based [iBT] or 550-PBT, IELTS: 6.5, or PTE Academic: 54
  • In order to be eligible to work as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA), the applicant must provide documentation of a minimum score of TOEFL: 93-internet-based [iBT] or 550-PBT, or IELTS: 7.0.
  • NEW! Duolingo has recently been added to the list of testing services that international applicants may use to provide proof of english proficiency.
  • Duolingo Exam Requirements: Admission requires a score of at least 120, and in order to be eligible to work as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA), the departmentrequires a score of at least 135.