Department of Statistics
Data plays a huge role in our everyday lives. In addition to studying the science of data, students work with our Statistical Consulting Laboratory providing advice to government, industry, and academia.
In 2010, we celebrated our 25th anniversary as a department in the College of Arts & Sciences. It has been an eventful quarter of a century because statistics – the science of data – has become increasingly important as modern society becomes more data and information driven.
Indeed, statisticians are in great demand today in various work settings, including pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, market research firms, financial service companies, government, industry, and education.
The B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees are offered. In addition, the Certificate of Graduate Study in Applied Statistics (C.A.S.) and the Master of Applied Statistics (M.A.S.) are available to students worldwide via distance (online) delivery. The C.A.S. is designed to provide engineers and scientists with the modern data analytic tools needed for effective practice as a specialist in statistical methods, and can be a first step towards a graduate degree in statistics; the M.A.S. is geared toward individuals currently working in a business, government, or industrial setting.
Our 13 professors and three full-time instructors are well-known for their teaching and research excellence, and the department is growing in size and stature: since 2000, our Ph.D. program has doubled in size, and in 2010, we were ranked among the Top 50 graduate statistics programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
Students meet well-known statisticians from the United States and abroad through our active colloquium series. In addition, our Statistical Consulting Laboratory provides advice to more than 150 clients in government, industry, and academia each year.