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Ph.D. Degree requirements for Statistics students

  1. Theory: Pass MS Theory exam (unless waived; see note 1a) and satisfactory performance (see note 1b) in STAT 581-582-583.
  2. Methodology: Satisfactory performance (typically 3.0) in STAT 570-571 (see note 2).
  3. Math: Satisfactory performance (typically 3.0) in MATH 574-575-576 OR equivalent.
  4. Computing: Satisfactory performance (typically 3.0) in STAT 534 OR equivalent (see NOTE 4).
  5. Seminar: Attendance at the statistics seminar (one credit of STAT 590 per quarter).
  6. Consulting / Applied: Satisfactory performance in 3 credits of STAT 599 and a consulting project. Here are the full details of the requirement.
  7. Elective classes: Satisfactory performance in a minimum of four approved 500-level classes which, together with STAT 581-582-583 and 570-571, form a coherent Statistics program. (see note 3).
  8. PhD students must serve as a Teaching Assistant for at least one quarter.
  9. Qualifying Exam: Pass the Research Paper Prelim Ph.D. exam.
  10. Dissertation Credits: Three quarters (9 credits each quarter) of STAT 800.
  11. General exam: Successful presentation of a dissertation proposal (normally to be completed after 1-8). Must be scheduled at least three weeks in advance.
  12. Final exam: Successful defense of the dissertation. Must be scheduled at least three weeks in advance.

Notes

Track Modifications

  1. Statistical Genetics (StatGen) PhD Track:
    Students in the StatGen track may replace STAT 570-571 by STAT 516-517. (Applied methodology at the level of STAT 502 and STAT 504 is required.) Students in the StatGen track must take the StatGen core curriculum, including StatGen seminar (BIOST581) and background classes. Details may be found at here.

  2. Statistics in Social Sciences PhD Track:
    Details of the CSSS Ph.D. Track in Statistics may be found at here.


  3. Machine Learning and Big Data PhD Track:
    Details of the Machine Learning and Big Data Ph.D. Track may be found here.

Possible Curricula:
Details of possible curricula may be found here

(Updated September 2017)

Pre 2012 requirements