Doctor of Philosophy in Statistics


The Statistics PhD degree curriculum at The University of Texas at Dallas offers extensive coursework and intensive research experience in theory, methodology and applications of statistics. During their study, PhD students acquire the necessary skills to prepare them for careers in academia or in fields that require sophisticated data analysis skills.

The PhD program is designed to accommodate the needs and interests of the students. The student must arrange a course program with the guidance and approval of the graduate advisor. Adjustments can be made as the student’s interests develop and a specific dissertation topic is chosen.

Some of the broad research areas represented in the department include: probability theory, stochastic processes, statistical inference, asymptotic theory, statistical methodology, time series analysis, Bayesian analysis, robust multivariate statistical methods, nonparametric methods, nonparametric curve estimation, sequential analysis, biostatistics, statistical genetics, and bioinformatics.

Program Information

School: School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Program: Statistics

Catalog page: PhD

PhD in Statistics Fact Sheet

Application Requirements

Test score required: Yes

GRE scores of at least 143 verbal, 155 quantitative and 310 combined are preferred. Higher standards prevail for applicants seeking teaching assistantships.

Letters of recommendation: Required

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can judge the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school. Use the electronic request form in the graduate application to submit the letters. Contact the graduate academic program department if you have any questions.

Admissions essay required: Yes

Deadlines: University deadlines apply.


Pankaj Choudhary
Associate Professor
Office: FO 2.402D

Possible Careers

Statisticians generally find employment in fields where there is a need to collect, analyze and interpret data — including pharmaceutical, banking and insurance industries and government — and also in academia. The job of a statistician appears near the top in the rankings of 200 jobs by CareerCast’s Jobs Rated Almanac based upon factors such as work environment, income, hiring outlook and stress.

For more information about careers in statistics, view the career page of the American Statistical Association.

UT Dallas PhD graduates are currently employed as statisticians, biostatisticians, quantitative analysts, managers, and so on, and also as faculty members in universities.

Salary Information

See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is the Occupational Outlook Handbook.