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What will I learn?

Our core Ph.D. program focuses on providing students with comprehensive and rigorous training in cutting-edge statistical theory, methodology and applications, state-of-the-art computing skills and ability for conducting high-quality interdisciplinary research. Our Ph.D. graduates typically take positions in academia, government, financial services, and pharmaceutical and IT industries.

Required Coursework

Students that join our doctoral program with a Master of Statistics from another university are required to have a minimum of 54 credit hours in their doctoral Plan of Work (POW). Students who receive their master’s degree from NC State must have a minimum of 72 credit hours on the master’s and Ph.D. POWs combined. The POW may include research credit hours (ST 895); however, students are required to take 24 hours of coursework consisting of core courses, a consulting course, and electives as detailed below.

ST 779: Advanced Probability
ST 793: Advanced Statistical Inference
ST 758: Computation for Statistical Research
ST 841: Statistical consulting (unless student has taken ST 542 in our department)
Ethics sequence: Ethics in Statistics (currently offered as ST810-004) and PHI 816 Research Ethics. These partial-semester courses are designed to be taken together.


Nine hours of statistics Ph.D. electives are required from the following list:

ST 732: Longitudinal Data Analysis
ST 733: Spatial Statistics
ST 740: Bayesian Inference and Analysis
ST 746: Stochastic Processes
ST 790: Advanced Special Topics

Three hours of supporting electives are also required — a 500 or 700 level course in either statistics or another department with material relevant to the student’s plan of work. Examples include ST 520, ST 733, ST 744 and ST 745.

Which department am I in?

College of Sciences

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 72 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$30,081.00 per year
Start date

Expected August 2022


College of Sciences

3229 Broughton Hall,


North Carolina,

27695, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

To be considered for admission in full graduate standing, an applicant must have a four-year bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from an accredited college or university as determined by a regional or general accrediting agency and must have at least a “B” (3.000/4.000) average in the undergraduate major or in the latest graduate degree program.

Provide Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a total score of at least 80 on the Internet-based Test (iBT). Minimum test scores for each section:

Listening: 18 points
Reading: 18 points
Writing: 18 points Speaking: 18 points for admission, 23 points for TA appointment where TA has direct verbal interactions with students, 26 points for TA appointment where TA presents lectures in the class or laboratory

The maximum total score for the iBT is 120 with each section worth 30 points.

Provide International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores with an overall band score of at least 6.5. Minimum test scores for each section are listed below:

Listening: 6.5
Reading: 6.5
Writing: 6.5
Speaking: 6.5 for admission, 7.0 for TA appointment

Computer-based TOEFL scores must be 213 or higher (with at least 17 on three sections and no section score below 13). The paper-based test requires a score of 550 or higher (with scores of 50 on at least two of the three sections and no section score below 45).

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


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