The PhD program in Applied Statistics is a research intensive program designed for students who demand the depth in understanding of statistical methods to solve applied problems with innovation. The techniques and skills that students learn prepare them to become professionals in a broad range of statistics-driven fields, from academia to research-based industrial settings.

The Applied Statistics professors support students interested in a diverse range of statistical topics including linear models, data mining and analytics, statistical process control, spatial statistics, longitudinal analysis, statistical computing, nonparametric and robust methods, change and anomaly detection, Bayesian inference, and statistical network analysis.


All students, both international and domestic, with relevant preparation in calculus, linear algebra, and statistics are welcome to apply. Prospective students without an MS degree in statistics or without proper preparation at a similar level are encouraged to apply to our Master of Science program. We prefer that students enter the program in the fall semester. A complete application package must be submitted at the Graduate School web-page ( and should include the following items:

- Resume
- Statement of purpose
- Previous transcripts from undergraduate and graduate institutions
- TOEFL/IELTS (for international students only) and GRE/GMAT test scores
- Three letters of recommendation from professional references
- Application fee

GRE Exam Requirement:

Students may choose to take either GRE or GMAT. Students are expected to achieve the overall GRE score of 310, including at least 160 on the quantitative reasoning section.

TOEFL Exam Requirement:

All students whose first language is not English must submit an official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS score. The minimum required iBT TOEFL score is 90 (575 in paper-based TOEFL). The language requirement may be waived for students with a US degree.

Phone/Skype Interview:

For a small group of selected applicants, short individual phone or Skype interviews will be conducted by Applied Statistics faculty.

See the Admissions Requirements section of the catalog for more information.