What will I learn?

Statistics opens the door to understanding our world through the exploration of data and the modeling of uncertainty. The need for statistics is growing rapidly as our ability to collect massive amounts of data outruns our ability to understand and use the data we collect. Hal Varian, Chief Economist at Google, declared that “the sexy job in the next ten years will be statisticians”, as the challenge of understanding large, complex data structures mounts. It is estimated that 2.5 exabytes of data is generated every single day, with the accumulated amount of data doubling every 18 months, and that 90% of all data ever gathered was produced within the last two years. What’s more, statistics is critical for every discipline for which data play a role, and in responding to the world’s biggest challenges such as climate change, terrorism, health and medicine, and global economic conditions. Some of the world’s largest employers of statisticians include Google and Facebook as well as governments, financial institutions, medical and pharmaceutical industries, universities and many other sectors. By completing a BStat at ANU, you stand ready to meet humanity’s biggest challenges by understanding the world we observe through the eyes of data and statistical and probability modeling.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Employment Opportunities

The Bachelor of Statistics is designed to produce graduates who are able to deliver crucial insight within an increasingly information driven business environment. Examples of employment opportunities include:

  • Applied research, for example market research
  • Academic research, particularly social sciences
  • The Government sector employs statisticians to assist with policy/program development and evaluation
  • Business analyst within finance and banking sector

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will be able to:

  • Review and synthesize a broad range of statistical knowledge in their major
  • Demonstrate the ability to use R statistical computing language
  • Carry out model selection in a multiple linear regression modeling context
  • Describe the concepts of stochastic processes in discrete and continuous time
  • Describe and interpret probability theory, continuous random variables, and sampling distributions and the central limit theorem
  • Analyze programming problems to suggest, design and implement appropriate modular program structures, based on a data-directed approach.

Which department am I in?

ANU College of Business and Economics



Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$39,090.00 (US$ 27,893) per year
Start date

21 February 2022


The Australian National University

Acton Campus,


Australian Capital Territory,

2601, CANBERRA, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants who complete a recognised secondary/senior secondary/post-secondary/tertiary sequence of study will be assessed based on an equivalent selection rank that is calculated upon application.

Academic IELTS overall score of 6.5 with at least 6 in each component of the test; TOEFL internet based test score of 80, with a minimum of 20 in Reading and Writing and 18 in Speaking and Listening; TOEFL paper based test score of 570 with TWE score of 4.5; Cambridge CAE Advanced score of 176 overall with at least 169 in all sub skills; PTE Academic score of Overall 64, minimum score of 55 in each section.


*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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