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Administrative Unit:Statistics
College/School: College of Letters & Science
Admitting Plans:M.S., Ph.D.
Degrees Offered:M.S., Ph.D.
Named Options: Biostatistics (M.S./Ph.D.)

Faculty: Professors Yandell (chair),  Chappell, Clayton, Larget, Loh, Newton, Nordheim, Shao, Wahba, Y. Wang, C. Zhang, J. Zhu; Associate Professors Ane, Keles, Qian, Z. Zhang; Assistant Professors Garvesh, Hanlon, Rohe, S. Wang


The Department of Statistics offers a rich variety of courses and seminars in almost all branches of statistical theory and applications. The department offers the master of science (M.S.)and the doctor of philosophy in statistics (Ph.D), and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in statistics with a named option in biostatistics. In addition, the department is closely involved with the Biometry Program, and with the School of Medicine and Public Health's Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, both listed separately in this catalog.

The statistics department provides extensive computing facilities, both hardware and software, to support instruction and research. Several computers and advanced graphic workstations are available for use in advanced courses enabling students to pursue the latest research directions in statistical computing and graphics. Common statistical packages and libraries are available on a variety of machines.

The department may be consulted for specific career information. A number of assistantships are available each year; see department website for application materials and deadlines. The master's degree programs are described below.

Additional information about the master's and Ph.D. programs, including time limits, can also be obtained from the department.

Master's Degree 

The M.S. degree program in statistics trains the candidate to become a practicing statistician. The objective of the M.S. degree in statistics with a named option in biostatistics is to train the candidate to contribute substantially to the statistical analysis of biomedical problems.


Students holding a bachelor's degree with a natural science, social science, or engineering major and strong mathematical background are encouraged to apply for admission to the graduate program in statistics. Students are advised to undertake graduate work in statistics only if their undergraduate grades in mathematics were uniformly high. Students cannot get credit for more than one of Statistics 301, 324, or 371.

For more information: Department of Statistics, 1300 University Avenue, MSC, Room 1220, Madison, WI 53706; 608-262-2598; palm@stat.wisc.edu; www.stat.wisc.edu.