Ph.D. in Statistical Science

Degree Requirements

Course Requirements:

A total of 90 credit hours, including at least 60 credit hours of coursework; dissertation research to reach 90 credit hours.

Core courses (9 credit hours):
MATH-M 413: Introduction to Analysis I
STAT-S 620: Introduction to Statistical Theory
STAT-S 611: Applied Statistical Computing

Data Analysis courses (12 credit hours):
STAT-S 631: Applied Linear Models I
STAT-S 632: Applied Linear Models II
STAT-S 771: Advanced Data Analysis I
STAT-S 772: Advanced Data Analysis II

Advanced Statistical Theory courses (12 credit hours):
STAT-S 721: Advanced Statistical Theory I
STAT-S 722: Advanced Statistical Theory II
plus at least two semesters of
STAT-S 785: Seminar on Statistical Theory

Elective and Minor courses (27 credit hours):
All students must complete a Ph.D. minor in another graduate program. Minor requirements are specified by the awarding department and are described in the University Graduate School Bulletin. All courses in this category must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.
Minor

Qualifying Examination:

Students must pass two qualifying examinations, one in Statistical Theory, one in Data Analysis

Dissertation:

A dissertation is required. The dissertation represents original methodological research by the student. The research should be of sufficient quality to merit publication in peer-reviewed journals.

For additional information on degree requirements, please see our entry in the Graduate School bulletin for the year you were admitted to the program.  They can be found at the bottom of this page: http://bulletins.iu.edu/iub/

Admission Guidelines

General Admission Information

Students entering our Ph.D. in Statistical Science program should have a bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited university. Academic preparation should include at least two undergraduate courses in statistics, some background in mathematics that includes courses in multivariate calculus and linear algebra, and some familiarity with computer programming. An exceptionally well-prepared student will have had, in addition, courses in real analysis and probability.

Applicants will be evaluated using a combination of academic transcripts, grade-point averages, GRE scores, TOEFL scores (for international applicants), letters of recommendation, and personal statements.  Selection criteria include breadth and depth of preparation, quality of academic performance, and motivation.

The most effective way for us to evaluate your application and respond quickly is if you follow the online application procedures listed below. The process is not completely mechanistic and we do value any information you would like to provide that can help us determine if a match exists between your goals and the Department's. Using the online application procedures is the best way to initiate that process.

The priority date for admission is January 15.
Applications submitted after this date will be considered if positions are still available.

**IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION**

Your recommenders will not receive an electronic request to write their letters until AFTER you have submitted your online application. Please submit your application well in advance of the application deadline in order to give your recommenders time to get their letters submitted before the deadline.


Admission Requirements

Domestic Students please submit the following:

  1. The online or paper application (you must use a credit card if applying online).
  2. A 300-500 word Personal Statement regarding your current goals, research interests, and plans for your professional career. This can be uploaded when applying online.
  3. At least three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your academic ability, scholarly work, and potential. Recommenders can use the online or the paper recommendation form. NOTE: If you are transferring from another US institution, at least two letters must come from that institution. One of those letters must be from your current research advisor (preferable) or from the Director of Graduate Studies.
  4. Your resume. Make sure to include any teaching and research experiences as well as any college or professional honors and awards. This can be uploaded when applying online.
  5. One set of official transcript(s) from all post-secondary institutions.
  6. GRE scores.  IU’s institution code is 1324.

Domestic student applications and supporting materials must be received by January 15. 

International Students please submit the following:

  1. The online or paper application (you must use a credit card if applying online).
  2. A 300-500 word Personal Statement regarding your current goals, research interests, and plans for your professional career. This can be uploaded when applying online.
  3. At least three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your academic ability, scholarly work, and potential. Recommenders can use the online or the paper recommendation form. NOTE: If you are transferring from another US institution, at least two letters must come from that institution. One of those letters must be from your current research advisor (preferable) or from the Director of Graduate Studies.
  4. Your resume. Make sure to include any teaching and research experiences as well as any college or professional honors and awards. This can be uploaded when applying online.
  5. Official academic records from all post-secondary institutions. Please send one set of the documents in the original language and one set translated into English.
  6. GRE scores.  IU’s institution code is 1324.
  7. TOEFL score. All applicants who are non-native English speakers must submit these scores. We normally expect a minimum TOEFL score of 100 on the Internet-based test, 250 on the computer-based test, or 600 on the paper-based test. Exceptions may be possible when there is substantial evidence of English ability.
  8. Evidence of financial support. Federal regulations require students to demonstrate that they have the financial resources to support themselves and any dependents during their first year of study in the United States. Your admission cannot be finalized and your immigration document cannot be issued without this information. You will also need to complete this form to attach to your financial documentation. Please see the Office of Admissions website for details on estimated expenses for students and their dependents: https://ois.indiana.edu/admissions/cost-finances/graduate-expenses.html

International student applications and supporting materials must be received by January 15.

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DOMESTIC APPLICANTS should send ALL materials to:

Graduate Admissions Coordinator
Department of Statistics
Indiana University
Ballantine Hall 643
1020 E Kirkwood Ave
Bloomington, IN 47405-7103
Phone: (812) 855-7828
Fax: (812) 855-7811

All questions regarding the completeness of your file should also be directed to statdept@indiana.edu


INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS should send ALL materials to:

International Admissions
Poplars 221
400 East 7th Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
USA

All questions regarding the completeness of your file should also be directed to International Admissions.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

English Proficiency
All non-native English speakers who wish to be considered for financial aid of any type must demonstrate sufficient English proficiency by earning a minimum score on the TOEFL of 100 on the internet based test, 250 on the computer test, or 600 on the paper test. To be eligible for a teaching assistantship international students whose native language is not English must demonstrate competency in written and spoken English.

Financial Aid
The Department of Statistics will be able to offer financial aid to all admitted Ph.D. students. Students earn their financial aid by serving as either teaching or research assistants. If you are admitted to the program, your acceptance letter will describe in detail any financial award the department is able to make. Competition for these packages is extremely competitive and excellent spoken English skills are essential.

Office of International Admissions
The Office of International Admissions also provides information on the application process for international graduate students. This advice will assist you greatly in the application process.

Admission Decisions
Successful applicants will be notified by the Admissions Committee no later than March 31st.  Students have until April 15 to accept or decline an offer of admission.
You may check the status of your application at any time by sending email to the Graduate Admissions Coordinator at statdept@indiana.edu

Director of Graduate Studies