PhD Programs

PhD Degree Requirements

To qualify for the Ph.D. degree in Statistical Science, the student must:

i.  Satisfy all curricular requirements as specified by the university (at least 48 hours, no more than 12 of which can be in dissertation research) and by the departmental faculty.  The following courses are required:     
    STAT 6304: Computational Statistics
    STAT 6327-6328: Mathematical Statistics I and II
    STAT 6336-6337: Statistical Analysis
    STAT 6345:  Linear Regression
    STAT 6366:  Statistical Consulting
    STAT 6371:  Probability Theory
    STAT 7327:  Advanced Statistical Inference

ii. Pass the Comprehensive (Basic) Exams, typically at the end of the first year

iii. Pass the Ph.D. Qualifying Exam which is given to assess the student’s readiness for research.  This exam is typically taken at the end of the second year.

iv. Complete a minimum of three years of graduate academic work, at least one of which is in full-time residence on the campus of Southern Methodist University or at a research facility approved by the departmental faculty and the Dean of Research and Graduate Studies

v.  Write and make a successful defense of the dissertation.

PhD in Biostatistics

The degree requirements for the Ph.D. in Biostatistics are similar to those abaove for Statistical Science.

The required curriculum is similar to that shown above for Statistical Science with additional required courses such as

(a)  Statistical methods in clinical trials (design and analysis of clinical trials)
(b)  Introductory epidemiology
(c)  Statistical methods for genomic/genetic data analysis

Coursework will be completed in two years (4 courses per semester with the final two years consisting primarily of research).

In addition, as with the Ph.D. in Statistical Science, the student must

  • Pass the Comprehensive (Basic) Exams, typically at the end of the first year.
  • Pass the Ph.D. Qualifying Exam which is given to assess the student's readiness for research.  This exam is typically taken at the end of the second year.
  • Write and make a successful defense of the dissertation.