Chair of the Department: Douglas G. Simpson
Director of Ph.D. Program: Xiaofeng Shao
Director of M.S. Program: David Dalpiaz
Contact: Aaron Thompson
101 Illini Hall
725 South Wright Street
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 333-2167

Major: Statistics
Degrees Offered: M.S., Ph.D.
Graduate Concentrations: Analytics (M.S. only), Applied Statistics (M.S. only)

Medical Scholars Program: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Statistics and Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) through the Medical Scholars Program

Graduate Degree Programs

The Department of Statistics offers graduate study leading to the Master of Science in Statistics, the Master of Science in Statistics with specialization in various areas of application, and the Doctor of Philosophy in Statistics.


Graduate College admission requirements apply. Students are expected to have a strong undergraduate mathematics background, but need not have an undergraduate statistics or mathematics degree. Students may be admitted with deficiencies, which are to be removed during the first year of graduate work. A minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 590 for the paper-based test or 243 for the computer-based test is required for students whose native language is not English. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. The department offers Ph.D. admissions for the fall only.

Medical Scholars Program

The Medical Scholars Program permits highly qualified students to integrate the study of medicine with study for a graduate degree in a second discipline, including Statistics. Students may apply to the Medical Scholars Program prior to beginning graduate school or while in the graduate program. Applicants to the Medical Scholars Program must meet the admissions standards for and be accepted into both the doctoral graduate program and the College of Medicine.  Students in the dual degree program must meet the specific requirements for both the medical and graduate degrees. On average, students take eight years to complete both degrees.  Further information on this program is available by contacting the Medical Scholars Program, 125 Medical Sciences Building, (217) 333-8146 or at

Graduate Teaching Experience

Although teaching is not a general Graduate College requirement, experience in teaching is considered an important part of the graduate experience in this program.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available primarily in the form of teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and fellowships. For further information write to the Graduate Admissions Committee, Department of Statistics.

Doctor of Philosophy in Statistics

STAT 424Analysis of Variance4
STAT 425Applied Regression and Design4
STAT 426Sampling and Categorical Data4
STAT 427Statistical Consulting4
STAT 428Statistical Computing4
STAT 429Time Series Analysis4
STAT 510Mathematical Statistics I4
STAT 511Mathematical Statistics II4
STAT 525Computational Statistics4
Select one of the following pairs:8
Probability and Measure I
and Probability and Measure II
Theory of Probability I
and Theory of Probability II
STAT 571Multivariate Analysis4
STAT 575/ECON 578Large Sample Theory4
STAT 578Topics in Statistics4
STAT 599Thesis Research (0 min applied toward degree)0
Total Hours64

Other Requirements1

Other requirements may overlap
Masters Degree Required for Admission to PhD?No, but Masters level requirements must be met (32 additional hours min)
Qualifying Exam RequiredYes
Preliminary Exam RequiredYes
Final Exam/Dissertation Defense RequiredYes
Dissertation Deposit RequiredYes
Minimum GPA:2.75

For additional details and requirements refer to the department's Graduate Programs and the Graduate College Handbook.