Applicants to the Ph.D. program in statistical science must hold a bachelor’s degree and must have taken mathematics courses through advanced calculus and linear algebra. Applicants must have taken the GRE graduate school admission test and have excellent English communication skills. International students applying from countries where English is not the native language are required to provide scores on the TOEFL English language proficiency test.
The Ph.D. in statistical science requires a minimum of 60 credit hours, no more than 12 of which can be in dissertation research. Students must complete a minimum of three years of graduate academic work, at least one of which is in full-time residence on the campus of SMU or at a research facility approved by the departmental faculty and the dean of research and graduate studies. Students must satisfy all curricular requirements as specified by the University and by the departmental faculty.
The Department of Statistical Science offers advanced elective courses each semester. Students complete the remaining required credit hours from among those courses, or from approved courses offered in other departments at the University. Examples of frequently offered electives include the following:
Students must pass the Comprehensive (Basic) Exams, typically at the end of the first year.
Ph.D. Qualifying Exam
This is a personalized exam that assesses the student’s readiness for research. It is typically taken before the end of the second year.
Dissertation (0-12 Credit Hours)
Students must write and successfully defend a dissertation. While not required, students may choose to enroll in dissertation research courses, with no more than 12 credit hours counting toward the degree (STAT 8198, STAT 8398, STAT 8698).