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 statistical theory and methodology and in the application of statistical methods 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 in industry, government and the non-profit sector. A Master’s degree program is available to students in doctoral programs in other departments in the University. Students in the doctoral program in Statistics may also earn a Master’s degree in Statistics en route to the PhD.
The department is distinguished by the faculty's strong interest in both statistical theory and the application of statistics to such diverse areas as public policy, law, medicine and life sciences, and social sciences. Interest in cross-disciplinary work has always been strong – when the department was formed, in the 1980s, all of the founding members of the department had appointments in other departments including from management, engineering, mathematics, education and social policy, sociology, and psychology. The graduate programs offer substantial training in statistical applications and methodology, as well as current advances in statistical theory and computation.Back to top