The Ph.D. Program in Statistics will give the student a solid background in statistical theory and in statistical methods, in technical reading and writing skills, and in conducting independent research. Most graduates from our doctoral program have been employed as tenure-track faculty at other universities. They also have the necessary background to work as lead researchers in industrial and research organizations.
In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School all candidates for the PhD degree must successfully take and complete:
Pre-Requisites for the Required Courses
5255 Theory of Probability
5265 Theory of Statistics
4200 Math Analysis (or Analysis for Statisticians Topics Course)
5025 Design and Analysis of Experiments
STAT 5210 Statistical Methods 1
STAT 5220 Statistical Methods 2
STAT 5230 Statistical Methods 3
STAT 5380 Bayesian Data Analysis
STAT 5470 Data Analysis
STAT 5510 Distribution Theory
STAT 5520 Inference I
STAT 5530 Inference II
STAT 5540 Large Sample Theory
STAT 5620 Theory of Linear Models
STAT 5660 Computational Statistics
STAT 5810 Seminar (3 hours; 3 presentations)
Methodological Topics - at least 2 of the following which are required when offered
STAT 5615 Advanced Time Series
STAT 5630 Multivariate Analysis
STAT 5650 Advanced Sampling
STAT 5670 Mixed Models
The remaining hours of doctoral work are typically filled in part by other graduate level statistics/mathematics courses/Dissertation Research. Students who enter the program lacking a course in Mathematical Analysis or the equivalent should take MATH 4200 in their first year. MATH 4200 may be counted as part of the doctoral degree program.
(1) At the end of the first year in the doctoral program each student must take a comprehensive qualifying examination. If needed a student may retake this examination one time. A passing grade on this examination is mandatory for continuance in the doctoral program.
(2) After completing this examination a student with the assistance of her/his advisor will be expected to form a doctoral committee. This committee will determine which courses are to be included in the student's Doctoral Program and will set the conditions for the dissertation proposal and the preliminary examination. A passing grade on the preliminary examination is mandatory for official admittance into the doctoral program by the graduate school.
(3) Once a committee is formed at a time deemed appropriate by the student, his/her adviser, and the committee, the candidate will present to the committee a proposal for dissertation research. After the committee has amended or approved the proposal, they will set terms for the preliminary examination. This examination will usually contain a written section and will always include an oral portion to demonstrate the student's research readiness.
(4) The student must write and successfully defend a dissertation research project. The specific conditions of the dissertation project are to be determined by each student's doctoral committee. It is expected that portions of the dissertation will be submitted for publication in peer reviewed journals.