Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences

Graduate Studies in Statistical Science

Department Contact: (Applied MS); (Ph.D. Statistics); (Ph.D. Biostatistics)

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Department Faculty

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.

Admission Requirements

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.

Degrees Offered

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 - January 1st priority deadline

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.

Doctor of Philosophy Biostatistics (NEW) - January 1st priority deadline

The Department of Statistical Science at SMU and the Department of Clinical Sciences at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (UTSW) have partnered to offer a Ph.D. program in Biostatistics. The degree will be conferred by SMU, but students in this program will take courses at both SMU and UTSW. Students attain a strong mathematical and statistical foundation such as that provided in the Ph.D. in Statistical Science curriculum, but they will also take courses that prepare them for a research career in Biostatistics. During the third and fourth years of the curriculum, students will work with researchers at UTSW under the joint supervision of one or more SMU faculty mentors.

Deadlines for Admission

January 1 - priority deadline for Ph.D. programs (STAT & BIOSTAT)

February 1 - priority deadline for MASDA program

Final deadline for fall admission is May 1.

Department Assistantships

All applications to be considered for department assistantships must be completed by the priority deadline of
January 1 for Ph.D. programs and February 1 for the MASDA program .  

Note: Applications received after the priority deadlines will be considered for any remaining funds and openings.