PhD Programs

Ph.D. Admission Requirements

Ph.D. Degree in Statistical Science

Minimum requirements for admission to the Ph.D. program in Statistical Science are as follows:

  • Applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree and must have taken mathematics courses through advanced calculus and linear algebra.
  • A degree in a major such as mathematics, statistics or engineering is preferred.
  • Excellent English communication skills (both speaking and writing) are required.

The GRE General Test is required (SMU code is 6660).

International students applying from countries where English is not the native language are required to provide scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (SMU code is 6660).


Ph.D. Degree in Biostatistics

The requirements for admission to the Ph.D. program in Biostatistics are the same as those for the Ph.D. in Statistical Science.  Some background in Biology or Medicine is preferred but is not a requirement for admission.