Doctor of Philosophy in the Field of Statistics

Specific admission requirements are shown on the Graduate Program Finder.

Prerequisite: a master’s degree in statistics or a related discipline. The main requirement is a strong background in mathematics, including courses in advanced calculus, linear algebra, probability and mathematical statistics. Some deficiencies may be made up concurrently during the student’s first year. In some instances, a student may enter the PhD program with a bachelor’s degree.

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.

The requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Program

Required
STAT 6201Mathematical Statistics I
STAT 6202Mathematical Statistics II
STAT 6223Bayesian Statistics: Theory and Applications
STAT 8257Probability
STAT 8258Distribution Theory
STAT 8263Advanced Statistical Theory I
STAT 8264Advanced Statistical Theory II
At least two of the following:
STAT 6218Linear Models
STAT 8226Advanced Biostatistical Methods
STAT 8259Advanced Probability
STAT 8262Nonparametric Inference
STAT 8265Multivariate Analysis
STAT 8273Stochastic Processes I
STAT 8274Stochastic Processes II
STAT 8281Advanced Time Series Analysis
A minimum of 21 additional credits as determined by consultation with the departmental doctoral committee
The General Examination, consisting of two parts:
A. A written qualifying examination that must be taken within 24 months from the date of enrollment in the program and is based on:
STAT 6201Mathematical Statistics I
STAT 6202Mathematical Statistics II
STAT 8257Probability
STAT 8263Advanced Statistical Theory I
B. An examination to determine the student’s readiness to carry out the proposed dissertation research
A dissertation demonstrating the candidate’s ability to do original research in one area of probability or statistics.