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About the Department of Statistics

The field of Statistics has long been concerned with the interrelationships between observation and theory and is central to the scientific method and discovery in today’s data driven world. Statisticians make important contributions in academia, business and government. The subject of statistics is now a core component to basic education and is used daily by the general population in their lives and jobs. The role of statistics and the many contributions of leading statisticians are highlighted and celebrated in 2013 the International Year of Statistics (www.statistics2013.org).

The Department of Statistics at Rice University, established in 1987, represents a significant and leading presence in the international statistics community. The Department is a community of fifteen core faculty, nine joint faculty, and twenty-plus adjunct faculty. The Department hosts a student population of approximately 45 doctoral students, 30 professional masters students and fifteen undergraduate students. We regularly host visitors from all over the world and we maintain and active post-doctoral program through NSF and NIH sponsorship. We are a member of the George R. Brown School of Engineering and reside in the computational engineering building, Duncan Hall.

The Department of Statistics is well known for its collaborative education and research programs: 
 

Degree Programs   

Duncan Side In addition to the undergraduate B.A. degree and the undergraduate minor in statistics, students may work towards one of the three graduate degrees offered:  the professional master's degree, M.Stat (thesis not required); the research master's degree, M.A. (thesis required); and the doctoral degree Ph.D.