In our graduate program, we aim to develop statisticians not only for academia, but also ones who will become leaders in endeavors such as medicine, law, finance, technology, government, and industry. Our graduate program is a stepping stone to a successful career in statistics.

The application portal will open in early fall.  Applications to the PhD program are due December 1st, 2022.  On Monday, March 6th, 2023, we will host a Visit Day for students admitted to the PhD program.

Program Directors:

Jun Liu - Joint Director of Graduate Studies (currently enrolled PhD students, all aspects of the graduate program)

Susan Murphy - Joint Director of Graduate Studies (PhD program admissions)

Mark Glickman - Director of Masters Studies (all aspects of the AB/AM and concurrent masters program)


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Our past graduates have an outstanding placement record, having had their choice of careers in academia, banking and financial services, information technology, medical research, economic research and public policy. Several of our past Ph.D. students have made their own marks in the academic world of statistics through development of fundamental statistical methodology.

Courses we offer

The department offers a wide range of courses that provide graduate students with strong foundations in theoretical and applied statistics. Also offered is an array of 300-level seminar courses which are considered stepping stones to literature review and research in specific fields.

Excellence of our Graduate program

As a direct result of the aforementioned pedagogical and related efforts, our department was the recipient from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) of the $25,000 GSAS Dean's Prize for Innovations in Graduate Education. Furthermore, seven years in a row our teaching fellows have won the Derek Bok Award of Excellence in Teaching Undergraduates Students by Graduate Students, in its first seven years of existence (no other department has won more than twice in a row).

The environment

Students often find the department to be a home away from home, with frequent lunches, seminars, and meals with visiting speakers, workshop-style research seminars, and other events. Indeed, we take special pride in being perhaps the only department that has an endowed massage chair for graduate students (the first requested use of the Innovations Prize). The Department also has a big sister/big brother program to help new students get acclimated, especially international students.

For Additional Questions

For further information about these programs, you can explore this website. If you have general questions about the application process or the status of your application, the online application tool, submitting forms, GSAS deadlines, or applying to other programs, please contact the GSAS Admissions Office.

If you have additional questions specifically about admission to the Statistics PhD program you can email our Student Programs Administrator, Kathleen Cloutier ( 


Graduate Program Information



Learn more about the Statistics PhD program and requirements

PhD Admin

PhD Admissions

Learn more about the PhD program admissions process through GSAS

data Science

Data Science Master's Degree

Offered through the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS)

AM Program

AM Program
The AM program is open to current GSAS Ph.D. students, and to undergraduates pursuing a concurrent fourth-year masters degree.
GSAS admitted the last cohort of external AM students in statistics in the Fall of 2017.


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