What will I learn?

The Doctor of Philosophy in Statistics is designed to prepare students for careers in teaching and research universities, in industry, or in government. It is expected that students, through courses and other experiences, will develop facility in theoretical statistics and in several applied statistics areas. Choices available in the electives area allow the program to be designed to suit a variety of career interests. The program consists of 65 credits: 50 credits of coursework and 15 credits of dissertation work.

Core Courses

STAT 6500 - Statistical Theory I Credits: 4 hours
STAT 6600 - Statistical Theory II Credits: 4 hours
STAT 6620 - Applied Linear Models Credits: 3 hours
STAT 6640 - Applied Mixed Models Credits: 3 hours
STAT 6800 - SAS Programming Credits: 3 hours

Doctoral Preliminary Examination Courses

STAT 6450 - Bayesian Statistical Analysis Credits: 3 hours
STAT 6460 - Large Sample Theory Credits: 3 hours
STAT 6610 - Multivariate Statistical Analysis Credits: 3 hours
STAT 6630 - Linear Models Credits: 3 hours

Course Electives

STAT 5450 - Introduction to Bayesian Data Analysis Credits: 3 hours
STAT 5610 - Applied Multivariate Statistical Methods Credits: 3 hours
STAT 5630 - Sample Survey Methods Credits: 3 hours
STAT 5660 - Nonparametric Statistical Methods Credits: 3 hours
STAT 5820 - Time Series Analysis Credits: 3 hours
STAT 5850 - Applied Data Mining Credits: 3 hours
STAT 5860 - Computer Based Data Analysis Credits: 3 hours
STAT 5870 - Big Data Analysis Using Python Credits: 3 hours
STAT 6040 - Statistics for Epidemiology Credits: 3 hours
STAT 6050 - Fundamentals of Clinical Trials Credits: 3 hours
STAT 6350 - Spatial Statistics Credits: 3 hours
STAT 6650 - Advanced Statistical Inference Credits: 3 hours
STAT 6660 - Advanced Nonparametric Statistical Methods Credits: 3 hours
STAT 6670 - Introduction to Random Processes Credits: 3 hours
STAT 6680 - Categorical Data Analysis Credits: 3 hours
STAT 6690 - Studies in Probability and Statistics Credits: 3 hours
STAT 6810 - Survival Data Analysis Credits: 3 hours
STAT 6830 - Robust Statistical Analysis Credits: 3 hours
STAT 6880 - Statistical Research Tools Credits: 3 hours

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (65 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$13,244.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, September 2022

Venue

College of Arts and Sciences

Western Michigan University,

1903 W Michigan Ave,

KALAMAZOO,

Michigan,

49008, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Master’s degree in a related field with a minimum graduate grade point average of 3.25; Completion of at least one graduate level course in statistics, with a minimum of a grade B, within the last 10 years. You may take the statistics course after admission, but you must take it before you begin doctoral program courses.

For international students

A student must possess a bachelors or master’s degree with a substantial number of statistics and/or probability credits in order to be admitted to the program.

Minimum English proficiency test scores:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 80 iBT

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic: 6.5

Pearson Test of English, Academic Module (PTE): 54

Michigan English Test (MET): 57

Application deadlines:

Fall: April 1; Spring: August 1

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

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