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The Department of Statistical Science offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Statistical Science. These programs integrate both theory and practice by providing a strong theoretical foundation through courses in mathematical statistics, probability, and stochastic processes; and by emphasizing the practice of statistics through applied courses such as regression, time series, and nonparametrics.
The faculty of the Department of Statistical Science consists of internationally renowned scholars who are also widely recognized for their expertise in applying statistical science in very diverse settings including clinical trials, air pollution, medical imagery, census adjustment, educational testing, genetics and educational intervention studies.
To meet minimum requirements for admission to the Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy program in statistics, an applicant must have a Bachelor's degree in mathematics, statistics, engineering, a natural or social science, or an equivalent quantitative or scientific discipline. Applicants must have taken at least 12 hours of advanced mathematics courses or related fields, including advanced calculus and linear algebra. A satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required.
Master of Science
Students must successfully complete at least 36 hours of coursework acceptable to the departmental faculty, including courses in Mathematical Statistics, Statistical Analysis, Statistical Consulting, and Statistical Computing. A basic written examination on first-year courses and an oral examination on an assigned project are required.
Doctor of Philosophy
Ph.D. candidates in statistics must satisfy all the curricular requirements as specified by the University and by the departmental faculty; pass comprehensive written and oral examinations; complete a minimum of sixty semester hours of graduate work, with at least two semesters in full-time residence at Southern Methodist University or at a research facility approved by the departmental faculty and the University; and write and defend a dissertation.
Deadlines for Admission
Applications for Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences
Final deadline for fall admission is May 1.
For departments that have spring admission, the final deadline is November 30.
All applications to be considered for department assistantships must be completed by the priority deadline of February 1 (see exceptions above). Applications received after the February 1 priority deadline will be considered for any unfilled openings.
Note: Applications received after February 1 will be considered for any remaining funds and openings.