Top Schools for Statistics

Learn about degree programs in statistics, which is the study of data and its applications in a variety of fields. Read about the academic options at three high-ranking university statistics departments, and find a table that lists other schools in the U.S. that offer programs in this challenging field of study.

School Information

The three universities featured below have received high rankings from U.S. News & World Report for the quality of their graduate statistics programs and include Stanford University, which has been offering this particular field of study for approximately 90 years. All three schools offer both undergraduate and graduate programs in statistics, as well as opportunities for research.

1. Stanford University in Stanford, CA

School Highlight: Stanford University's Statistics Department takes part in an Industrial Affiliates Program.

Stanford University's Department of Statistics placed number first on the U.S. News & World Report list of best graduate statistics programs in 2015.The Department of Statistics offers both undergraduate and graduate programs, including a Master of Science in Financial Mathematics. Unique to the university is the multi-disciplinary Vertical Integration of Research and Education (VIGRE) program that offers fellowships and positions for graduate and postdoctoral students, as well as research opportunities for undergraduates.

2. University of California - Berkeley

School Highlight:The University of California has received ten awards from the National Academy of Sciences.

In 2015, the Department of Statistics at the University of California in Berkeley ranked second on the U.S. News & World Report list of best graduate statistics programs. The department offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Statistics, as well as two main active areas of research, including theoretical statistics, and probability.

3. University of Washington in Seattle, WA

School Highlight: The University of Washington offers five interdisciplinary programs in statistics and the social sciences, statistical genetics, quantitative ecology and resource management, studies in demography and ecology, and biostatistics (mathematical and molecular biology).

The University of Washington includes the Department of Statistics, which ranked third among its peers for its general statistics program, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2015. Unique to the department are its five interdisciplinary divisions, including the Center for Statistics in the Social Sciences (CSSS). Individual programs culminate in an undergraduate or graduate degree; specialized course of study include computational finance and statistical genetics.

Top Statistics Schools in the Nation

School Name Distinction Location
University of Wisconsin - Madison Typically ranked in the top 5 in the country Madison, WI
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Offers a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Statistics and Operations Research (INSTORE) Chapel Hill, NC
Harvard University Donald B. Rubin, faculty member, elected to the National Academy of Sciences Cambridge, MA
Johns Hopkins University Offers a joint program with the Department of Sociology Baltimore, MD
University of Chicago Vital and influential statistics texts have been written by the program's faculty members Chicago, IL
Duke University Statistical students have access to the Statistical Education Center Durham, NC
Carnegie Mellon University Offers seven distinct interdisciplinary programs in statistics Pittsburgh, PA

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