Mar 05, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Statistical Science

Professor Daniel Heitjan, Department Chair

Professors: Ronald Butler, Daniel Heitjan, Hon Keung Ng, Lynne Stokes, Sherry Wang
Associate Professors: Jing Cao, Ian Harris, Monnie McGee
Assistant Professors: Chul Moon, Raanju Sundararajan
Professor of Practice: Charles South
Senior Lecturer: Stephen Robertson
Lecturer: Mahesh Fernando

General Information

The Department of Statistical Science offers the following graduate degree programs: the Ph.D. in statistical science, the Ph.D. in biostatistics and the M.S. in applied statistics and data analytics.

The courses in the Ph.D. curriculum provide students with a strong theoretical foundation in mathematical statistics, statistical computing, and probability, as well as foundations in areas that may be applied in statistical practice. The Ph.D. in biostatistics is conferred by the Department of Statistical Science at SMU in partnership with faculty in the Department of Population and Data Sciences at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Students attain a strong mathematical and statistical foundation such as that provided in the Ph.D. in statistical science curriculum, but they will also take courses and become involved in research projects that prepare them for a research career in biostatistics.

The M.S. in applied statistics and data analytics degree program provides students with a theoretically-based understanding and proficiency in statistical methods, as well as training in statistical computing, database management, predictive methods, and other data science techniques.

Note: In both Ph.D. programs, a student advances to candidacy after passing comprehensive and qualifying exams, preparing a written prospectus, giving an oral presentation in a research area on which the dissertation will be based, and receiving approval of the prospectus from his or her dissertation committee.




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