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Graduate Program in Statistics

Using data and mathematical analysis for decision making in government, business, natural and social sciences.

Graduate Program in Statistics

Using data and mathematical analysis for decision making in government, business, natural and social sciences.

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The Graduate Program in Statistics emphasizes the development and adaptation of statistical ideas in the context of applied research preparing you for a diverse range of careers. The program has 50 graduate students and 17 faculty working in the areas of statistical genetics, biostatistics, spatial statistics, environmental statistics, non-parametric and semi-parametric methods and other areas. Master's and Ph.D. students gain advanced knowledge of theoretical and applied statistics for academic, research and industry jobs involving the collection, management and analysis of data. Statistics Ph.D. students are trained in advanced theory and methodology that will enable them to carry out independent research in the fields of statistics and biostatistics.

A distinctive feature of our graduate program is its career-focused interdisciplinary Consulting Practicum that provides hands-on, real world training to statistics graduate students in statistical consulting for external research agencies and other science programs at OSU. Graduate students also gain verbal and written communication through the Consulting Practicum to convey statistical ideas and methodology. The rigorous and comprehensive learning experience prepares them very well for jobs related to survey design and analysis in industry and research, and interdisciplinary research collaborations in science and technology sectors.

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"I am always deeply impressed with the mathematical maturity and fantastic programming skills of OSU statistics alumni who have worked at Korvis over the years."
Rich Carone (Statistics, M.S. '72) CEO of Korvis Automation

Meet our students and alumni

Statistics student excels in data-driven research, teaching

Doctoral student Heather Kitada enjoys working in both statistics and the wider world of science communication, outreach and advocacy.

Alumnus highlights important role of statisticians in clinical trials

Alumnus Ben Lyons (Ph.D. ’97) has taken his passion for biostatistics far, carving out a successful career in biotechnology and the pharmaceutical industry.

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