For Current PhD Graduate Students
The Department of Statistics and Data Science at Northwestern University offers a program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree. The doctoral program in statistics is designed to provide students with comprehensive training in theory and methodology in statistics and data science, and their applications to problems in a wide range of fields. The program is flexible and may be arranged to reflect students' interests and career goals. Cross-disciplinary work is encouraged. The PhD program prepares students for careers as university teachers and researchers and as research statisticians or data scientists in industry, government and the non-profit sector. Students in the doctoral program in Statistics and Data Science may also earn a Master’s degree in Statistics and Data Science en route to the PhD.
The department is distinguished by faculty’s profound interest in theory and methodology in statistics and data science, along with their practical applications across a diverse array of domains including public policy, law, medicine and life sciences, engineering, and social sciences. Interest in cross-disciplinary work has always been strong - when the department was formed, in the 1980s, all the founding members of the department had appointments in other departments including from management, engineering, mathematics, education and social policy, sociology, and psychology.