Top Schools for Statistics

Aug 02, 2018

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

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Statistics programs are available at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Many schools provide research opportunities in the field. The four universities featured here received high rankings from U.S. News & World Report for the quality of their graduate statistics programs in the publication's most recent survey from 2014. One of the best is Stanford University, which has been offering a statistics program for about 90 years.

Stanford University in Stanford, CA

Stanford University was ranked first for its graduate statistics program on the U.S. News & World Report list from 2014. 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 program that offers fellowships and positions for graduate and postdoctoral students, as well as research opportunities for undergraduates.

University of California - Berkeley

The University of California - Berkeley was ranked #1 among all public schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report for 2017. As of 2014, the school also ranked second among graduate statistics programs according to U.S. News and World Report. The department offers a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy in Statistics, as well as two main active areas of research, including theoretical statistics, and probability.

University of Washington in Seattle, WA

The University of Washington was ranked third for its graduate statistics program according to U.S. News & World Report in 2014. Unique to the department are its five interdisciplinary divisions. These include statistics and the social sciences, statistical genetics, quantitative ecology and resource management, studies in demography and ecology, and biostatistics. Individual programs culminate in an undergraduate or graduate degree. Specialized courses of study include computational finance and statistical genetics.

University of Wisconsin - Madison

University of Wisconsin - Madison was tied for #12 on the U.S. News and World Report list of the best graduate statistics programs in 2014. The department of statistics at the University of Wisconsin offers an undergraduate major in statistics, which provides core education in the subject. At the graduate level, students can earn a Ph.D. or an M.S. in Statistics. Concentration options include biostatistics and data science. For graduate students outside the department, a minor in statistics is available. Interested students may also pursue an M.S. in the related field of biometry.

More Top Statistics Schools

These schools also offer great statistics programs:

School Name Distinction Location
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Offers a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Statistics and Operations Research Chapel Hill, NC
Harvard University Faculty member Donald B. Rubin was elected to the National Academy of Sciences Cambridge, MA
Johns Hopkins University Offers a joint statistics 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 Statistics students have access to the Statistical Education Center Durham, NC
Carnegie Mellon University Offers seven interdisciplinary programs in statistics Pittsburgh, PA

Statistics programs are available at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels. Specialization options are available at some institutions.

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