The requirements listed below for the Ph.D. in Statistics, which include obtaining MA and M.Phil degrees, are special to this department and must be read in conjunction with the general requirements of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
For the M.A. Degree
Students are required to take 7 courses (as specified below) from the core curriculum:
STATG6101, G6102, G6103 (Applied Statistics)
STATG6107, G6108,G6109 (Theoretical Statistics)
STATG6105,G6106 (Probability Theory)
STATW6501 (Stochastic Processes).
STAT G6104 (Statistical Computing).
In the first semester, students typically take G6101, G6105, and G6107. In the second semester students take any three of G6102, G6106, G6108, and G6104. In the third semester, students must take at least one of G6103, G6109 and G6501. Students wishing additional preparation before embarking on the Probability sequence (STAT G6105-G6106) may take MATH W4061-W4062 (Introduction to Modern Analysis) first.
Before the beginning of the second year students take qualifying exams in two of probability, theoretical statistics, and applied statistics. Every student must pass two qualifying exams before the start of the third year. A student who fails a qualifying exam may re-take that exam only once. Upon successful completion of the qualifying exams, the MA is awarded.
After completing the required courses and written qualifying exams, a Ph.D. student takes a variety of advanced courses offered by this and, in some cases, related departments. While there are no formal requirements as to the number of points of courses taken for a letter grade, it is expected that students will take all core courses for a letter grade.
For the M.Phil. Degree
Length of program: Six Residence Units
Two semesters of STAT G6210 (Consulting) and attendance in at least one of the departmental seminar series (G9001-G9002 and G9003-G9004) are required each semester. Students must take at least one 8000-level seminar or an approved substitute each semester. In addition students must take at least one - preferably two - courses outside the department, chosen with the approval of the DGS. Students participate in the instructional activities of the department, including seminars, consulting, independent study, and advanced research.
An oral comprehensive exam is taken during the third or fourth year. Upon successfulcompletion of the comprehensive exam, the M.Phil.degree is awarded.
For the Ph.D. Degree
The Ph.D. degree is awarded upon successful oral defense and deposit of an approved dissertation according to the rules of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
The department maintains two high-speed Linux servers, and students have full access to the campus instructional network (which has a wide range of statistical software). Mathematics/statistics, science, and social science libraries are located on campus. The library system also has many useful online resources, including Jstor, Nexis, Current index to Statistics, and Datagate.
All students in the Ph.D. program receive, for up to five years, a funding package consisting of tuition, fees, and a stipend. These fellowships are awarded in recognition of academic achievement and in expectation of scholarly success; they are contingent upon the student remaining in good academic standing. Summer support, while not guaranteed, is generally provided. Teaching and research experience are considered an important aspect of the training of graduate students. Thus, graduate fellowships include some teaching and research apprenticeship. Ph.D. students are given funds to purchase a laptop PC, and additional computing resources are supplied for research projects as necessary. The Department also subsidizes up to $500 of travel expenses for students who make presentations at scientific meetings. Additional matching funds from the Graduate School Arts and Sciences are available to students who have passed the oral qualifying exam.
P.h.D. students are admitted only in September. Admissions decisions are made in late February of each year for the Fall semester. A student admitted to the Ph.D. program normally has a background in linear algebra and real analysis, and has taken a few courses in statistics and probability. Familiarity with computing and programming is desirable. Students who are quantitatively trained or have substantial background/experience in other scientific disciplines are also encouraged to apply for admission. Prospective Ph.D. students must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test. The GRE Advanced Subject Test in Mathematics is also highly recommended.
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