The research interests of the faculty in the Department of Statistics cover a wide spectrum of topics in applied and theoretical statistics from engineering, natural sciences, business, medicine, and social sciences.
Our graduate students have the opportunity for rigorous training in computational and theoretical statistics as well as applied research in any of the above disciplines. The general PhD program is flexible, allowing you the opportunity to design a program that interests you, provided that it fits with the strengths of the department.
The MA in Statistics is earned as part of working toward the PhD program, which is designed around a three-year course of study. By the end of the third year, successful students will have completed courses and started on full-time research.
Research informs the direction of inquiry in statistics at Rice and brings the latest discoveries into the classroom. Research work done by graduate students alongside our faculty contributes significantly to the body of knowledge in the field.
Rice University sits in the heart of Houston, which is home to the energy industry, as well as the world's largest medical complex, and NASA's Johnson Space Center is just down the road. With that, Rice researchers have endless opportunities for collaboration and careers.