Statistics, PhD

for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Statistics

Department Chair: Bo Li
Associate Department Chair: Jeff Douglas

PhD Program Director: Xiaofeng Shao

MS Program Director: Darren Glosemeyer

MS advisors: Karle Flanagan, Christopher Kinson
Graduate Contact: Aaron Thompson

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overview of graduate college admissions & requirements: Graduate Admissions

department contact: Aaron Thompson

department office: 101 Illini Hall, 725 South Wright Street, Champaign, IL 61820

phone: (217) 333-2167


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Graduate Degree Programs in Statistics

Statistics, MS



Statistics, PhD


Computational Science & Engineering

Graduate Minor 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.

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 the Ph.D. 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.

for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Statistics

Statistics, PhD

MS Equivalent Core
STAT 424Analysis of Variance4
STAT 425Applied Regression and Design4
STAT 426Sampling and Categorical Data4
STAT 510Mathematical Statistics I4
Theory Core Courses
STAT 511Mathematical Statistics II4
STAT 553Probability and Measure I4
STAT 575Large Sample Theory4
Select one Practicum Course:4
Statistical Consulting
STAT Internship
Preparing Future Faculty
Select one Computational Theory and Methods Course:4
Statistical Computing
Computational Statistics
Statistical Learning
Select one of the Stochastic Processes and Time Series Courses:4
Time Series Analysis
Stochastic Processes (Stochastic Processes)
Probability and Measure II
Applied Stochastic Processes
Select at least 3 elective courses from a list within the department. At leats two courses must be at the 500-level.12
Thesis and Individual Study Courses0-32
STAT 590Individual Study and Research0 to 8
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 Required Yes
Preliminary Exam Required Yes
Final Exam/Dissertation Defense Required Yes
Dissertation Deposit Required Yes
Minimum GPA: 2.75