Statistics—MS, PhD

Overall employment of statisticians is projected to grow 33 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. With an advanced degree in statistics or applied statistics, you’ll be prepared to analyze society’s increasing volume of data in business, engineering, healthcare, and other fields.

What you'll work on

After gaining a broad background in statistical theory and methods, you’ll explore statistical genetics, predictive modeling, computational methods, and time series analysis. You’ll learn from esteemed faculty who use advanced statistics to discover the genetic basis of complex diseases, study economic data, and manage risk.

Where you'll work

Recent graduates have landed positions in national laboratories, academia, and private industries and rms. A few of the jobs taken by recent students earning a master’s or PhD degree include: data scientist at Monsanto; statistical programmer/analyst at Mayo Clinic; biostatistician at Marsh Field Clinic Research Foundation; assistant professor at Tulane University; and postdoctoral associates at University of Michigan and Yale University.

Faculty Spotlight

Yeonwoo Rho

Yeonwoo Rho
Assistant Professor, Mathematical Sciences

"Statistics is the science of data-driven decision making. Are you ready to learn the language of data?"

Statistical methods are often based on the assumption that observations are independent; when data is collected over time, one needs to change the game plan. My research focuses on developing statistical and probabilistic tools that accurately extract useful information out of time-dependent data.

Who you'll work with

You’ll work in teams with your peers and faculty, using state-of-the-art software to solve authentic problems with real data. Approximately 30 faculty members in the Department of Mathematical Sciences conduct research on the best mathematical and statistical approaches to problems in a variety of areas. Both master’s and doctoral students contribute to faculty-led research projects while taking advanced coursework in statistics.