Why Study Here?

The SMU Department of Statistics and Data Science prepares students for a booming job market.

The explosion of data from devices such as sensors, cell phones, and medical instruments, as well as from business processes, surveys, and social media has created an accelerating demand for specialists who are trained in data collection and analysis. As a result, the field of statistics will be increasingly more fundamental to academia, business, and government in order to accommodate the escalating dependence on data-driven decisions.

Department Features

Faculty awards presention


The department faculty members are prominent scholars, researchers, and consultants, as well as dedicated teachers.

Research student presenting research


Students have the opportunity to pursue common interests with faculty members through informal discussions and joint research activities.

Curriculum faculty teaching class


Curriculum is designed to serve students seeking careers in industry, government and business, as well as those preparing for graduate study in statistical science.

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Dynamic Faculty-Student Interaction

The faculty-to-graduate student ratio in statistics is only about 1:2.5. In keeping with a long-standing SMU tradition, all statistics faculty, including senior professors and researchers, teach undergraduate and graduate classes and regularly present seminars.

Why study here?

Learn from the Director of SMU’s Biostatistics Ph.D.

Professional Enrichment Activities

Students have the opportunity to attend monthly meetings of the North Texas Chapter of the American Statistical Association and hear an outstanding array of speakers from academia, business, and industry. They can network with professional statisticians in the area.