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Mathematical Statistics (STAT)   

Program Title and Classification

Mathematical Statistics

Graduate Degree Program

College: Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences


The Statistics Program offers the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees for graduate study and research in statistics and probability. Areas of faculty research activity include high dimensional data, statistical decision and estimation theory, biostatistics, stochastic modeling, robust and nonparametric inference, semiparametric inference, categorical data analysis, theory and inference for stochastic processes, stochastic analysis, time series and spatial statistics. Students may concentrate in applied or theoretical statistics by selecting an appropriate sequence of courses and a research area to form an individual plan of study. The Program has been designed with sufficient flexibility to accommodate the student’s background and interests. The Program also offers students from other disciplines an opportunity to select a variety of statistics courses to supplement their own study.

The Program is administratively affiliated with the Department of Mathematics, which maintains the records of all students in the Mathematical Statistics Program and handles correspondence with those applying for admission. However, any application for admission must indicate clearly that the student wishes to enter the Statistics (STAT) Program.

Employment prospects for statisticians are very good. All recent M.A. and Ph.D. graduates of Maryland’s Statistics Program have found jobs in academia, industry and government agencies.

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • CV/Resume
  • Supplementary Application
  • Publications/Presentations
  • Advanced Textbooks (section of application)
  • GRE Subject (Math): GRE Math Subject required for funding and highly recommended for all others.

Spring admission does not offer financial support of any kind.  Applicants should also contact department prior to application.

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website:

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant FallSpring
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
20 Dec15 Dec
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
20 Dec29 Sep

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Total CreditsSpecialization Options

Thesis option: 30 credits

Non-thesis option (scholarly paper): 30 credits

Thesis option requires 24 credits of coursework with at least 15 credits at the 600-700 level and at least 12 credits at the 600-700 level in statistics and probability. In addition, students must take six credits of STAT 799: Master's Thesis Research and pass a final oral examination.

Non-thesis option requires 30 credits of coursework with at least 18 credits at the 600-700 level and at least 12 credits at the 600-700 level in statistics and probability. In addition, students must pass the Master's written examinations or the Ph.D. written examinations on the Master's level, write a scholarly paper, and pass a final oral examination.


The M.A. degree program offers both thesis and non-thesis options; applicants are encouraged to choose the latter. For the non-thesis option, a student must complete 30 credit hours with at least a B average; at least 18 of these credits must be at the graduate level (600/700 level) and at least 12 of the graduate credits must be in Statistics (STAT). The student must also pass at least two Mathematics Department written examinations in Probability, Mathematical Statistics and one more area, such as Applied Statistics or any field of mathematics. Students may complete the qualifying exam requirements either by taking a third exam or by achieving acceptable grades  in a specific list of graduate STAT courses.  In order to earn the M.A. degree with the non-thesis option, the student must pass two examinations by the end of his or her third year in the graduate program, and must pass complete the qualifying requirements at the M. A. level by the end of the fourth year. A student may take one or more examinations at a time. Most full-time students complete the qualifying requirements by the end of the second year or middle of the third year. The student must also submit a satisfactory short scholarly paper.

For the thesis option, a student must: (1) complete 24 credit hours with at least 15 at the 600/700 level (of these 15 hours, at least 12 hours must be in Statistics); (2) maintain an average grade of B or better; (3) take six hours of STAT 799 (Research) in addition to (1); (4) write a satisfactory thesis; and (5) pass a final oral examination. There is no foreign language requirement for M.A. students.

Applicants should keep in mind that no financial aid is offered to M.A. students.


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Core Requirements

Doctoral students are required to complete 36 credits of coursework with at least 27 credits at the 600-700 level and at least 18 credits in statistics and probability. In addition, 12 credits of STAT 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research are required.

Students are also required to pass the written examination in three fields at the Ph.D. level, including probability and one statistics area, pass a foreign language exam, and pass the final oral examination. 


The M.A. degree is not required for admission to the Ph.D. program. A doctoral student must complete a minimum of 36 hours of formal courses (at least 27 at the 600/700 level) with an average of B or better; at least 18 of the graduate credits must be taken in Statistics. In addition, the university requires at least 12 hours of STAT 899 (Doctoral Research). The Ph.D. student must pass at least two written examinations in Probability, Mathematical Statistics, and a third exam in Applied Statistics or any field of mathematics. The qualifying requirements may be satisfied by passing three written exams or by satisfactory performance in a specified list of courses.  These examinations are given by the Mathematics Department twice a year in January and August. A student may take one or more examinations at a time. The student must pass two examinations by the end of his or her third year in the graduate program, and must complete the qualifying requirments by the end of the fourth year. Most full-time students complete the qualifying requirements by the end of the second year or middle of the third year. If successful in the qualifying requirements, the student must pass an oral examination. Administered by the Statistics faculty, the oral examination usually takes place a year after the student passes the written examination. This examination serves as a test of the student's in-depth preparation in the area of specialization and the student's research potential. Successful completion of the oral exam indicates that the student is ready to begin writing the doctoral dissertation. In addition, the Department requires a reading competence in one foreign language for the Ph.D. The student may select one of three languages: French, German or Russian. Administered and graded by the Mathematics Department, the language examination consists of translating foreign mathematical texts into competent English. To be admitted to candidacy, the Ph.D. student must pass the written examinations and the oral examination and the language examination must be completed before the candidate's final oral examination on the dissertation.


Facilities and Special Resources

The STAT Program cooperates closely with the Mathematics Department and the Applied Mathematics, Statistics and Scientific Computation (AMSC) Program. The Program’s faculty are actively involved in research in applied and theoretical areas of statistics and maintain close ties with applied scientists in several federal agencies.

The Program sponsors weekly seminars in Statistics and in Probability. In addition, Research Interaction Teams (RIT's) cover topics of current statistical interest.

Computing is integrated into the applied courses, and the Program also offers a course "Computational Methods in Statistics"

By scheduling many of its applied and Master’s level courses in late-afternoon time slots, the Program facilitates and invites part-time graduate study.

Financial Assistance

Graduate assistantships are awarded to Ph. D. students in the Statistics Program through the Mathematics Department. At present, the teaching load is six hours each semester, in addition to the duties of meeting with students and grading papers. There are approximately 20 graduate students in statistics with financial support. These are mostly teaching assistantships, but there are also a few research assistantships and fellowships. From time to time advanced students are placed into research assistantships as data analysts or statistical consultants with other campus units. Applications for financial aid are only processed once a year, for admission for the fall semester.

Contact Statement

The educational policies of the Mathematical Statistics Program is available at: This guide describes the STAT graduate program and covers the academic and procedural requirements for earning degrees.



Prof. Paul J. Smith, Director
Mathematical Statistics Program

1107 Mathematics Building

University of Maryland
College Park

MD, 20742

Telephone: (301) 405-5061

Fax: (301)314-0827">


Associated Information




Statistical Inference; Stochastic Modeling; High Dimensional Data; Robust and Nonparametric Inference; Time Series; Spatial Statistics; Biostatistics; Large Sample Theory; Categorical Data; Survival Analysis; Probability; Stochastic Processes-Theory and Statistical Inference; Sampling Theory.


Applied Mathematics & Statistics, and Scientific Computation (AMSC)