Graduate Program

Degree Requirements

PH.D. DEGREE

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

i.  Satisfy all curricular requirements as specified by the university and by the departmental faculty (at least 36 hours).  The following courses are required:  STAT 6304, 6327, 6328, 5336, 6337, 6345, 6366, 6371, 7327.

ii. Pass the Preliminary (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.

M.S. IN STATISTICAL SCIENCE

Note: To qualify for the M.S. degree in statistical science, the student must successfully complete at least 36 hours of study acceptable to the departmental faculty, including STAT 6304, 6327, 6328, 6336, and 6337; pass the basic written examination on the required coursework; and prepare an acceptable report and complete an oral examination emphasizing the analysis and interpretation of a data set provided by the examination committee.

M.S. IN APPLIED STATISTICS AND DATA ANALYTICS (MASDA)

To qualify for the MASDA degree, the student must successfully complete at least 36 hours of study acceptable to the departmental faculty (at least 18 of which are 6000-level courses or above).  The following are required:  STAT 5304, 5371, 5372, 6373, 5374, 6304, and 6366.  The student must complete two consulting projects under the supervision of Statistical Science faculty members.  For at least one of these projects, written and oral presentations of the findings are required.