Founded in 1963, the Department is one of the major statistics departments in the Northeast and has national and international recognition in both teaching and research. Core faculty have research interests spanning virtually all statistical specializations.

Graduate education has been a traditional strength of the Department. The graduate program balances theory, methods and applications, including a solid foundation in mathematical statistics, probability theory, statistical methodology and modeling, data analysis, computational statistics, and biostatistics. Elective courses are regularly given in active areas of research with emphasis on modern and model based statistical methodology.

Graduates of the program promptly move into attractive positions in academics, government, and industry, specific areas including biology, medicine, business, economics, engineering, and the social sciences.

A Message from the Director of Graduate Studies:


Our graduate program continues to flourish. We have a truly international group of graduate students. Each year we receive 300 — 400 applications for admission to our graduate program from all over the world. Currently, around 100 students are enrolled, close to 40% of them being Ph.D. students. Through a creative mixture of funding resources, we support more than 30 students each year, and the number of supported students has been steadily increasing. An attractive, updated Graduate Brochure which provides information about the Department, the graduate program, and application material is available. We continue to offer a very vibrant and modern set of courses exposing our students to the most exciting and active research areas in the field. The job market for statisticians remains excellent. We have 100% placement for all students earning degrees. Some of our Masters students receive job offers one or two semesters before graduation.

— Professor Zhiyi Chi


Programs of Study

The Department of Statistics offers work leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Both programs include training in statistical application and theory, and both give students sufficient flexibility to pursue their special interests as well as time to take courses in other departments at UCONN.

The M.S. program in statistics requires 8-10 courses, depending on a student’s previous academic record. While it is possible to complete the M.S. degree within a year, most students will need three or four semesters. The core courses of the program cover mathematical statistics, linear models, design of experiments, and applied statistics; please see the description of the M.S. program for more detail. Students are encouraged to participate in statistical consulting projects done by members of the Department.

The M.S. program with biostatistics concentration requires 10 courses, which, in addition to the same core courses as in the M.S. program in Statistics, include Introduction to Biostatistics, Clinical Trials, Survival Analysis and one elective course. The elective course should be a biostatistics-related course, such as bioinformatics, epidemiology, or genetics, and should be approved by the major adviser of the student.

The Ph.D. program emphasizes development of the ability to generate novel results in statistical methods, statistical theory, or probability. The course work typically consists of at least sixteen graduate level courses that cover a wide rage of topics, including mathematical statistics, linear models, statistical inference, applied statistics, real analysis, and probability. After completing the necessary course work and a sequence of examinations, a Ph.D. candidate must complete a dissertation that makes an original contribution to the field of statistics or probability. The dissertation may be predominantly development of novel statistical methodology for an area of application. For more detail, please see the description of the Ph.D. program for more detail.

Financial Aid

Graduate teaching and research assistantship and fellowship-assistantship combinations are available (to qualified students in the Ph.D. program) covering tuition and health benefits and pay graduate assistant stipend as determined by UCONN. Some internships and financial aid are available in the summer. Students with full aid generally take three courses a semester. Those with a fellowship-assistantship may take four courses. Outstanding students may be awarded University predoctoral fellowships. Advanced students are considered for research assistantship.

The University and the Department

The University of Connecticut, which celebrated its centennial in 1981, is the state of Connecticut’s land-grant institution. It has about 28,000 students, including more than 7,000 in graduate study. Its substantial, but not overwhelming, size allows the University to offer a broad curriculum and an excellent program of concerts, plays, and other cultural events.

The Department of Statistics was founded in 1963. Its faculty members conduct an active and prolific research program in which students are involved as soon as possible.

The University of Connecticut’s main campus is in northeastern Connecticut, 25 miles from Hartford, in an attractive rural area. It is about 1-1/2 hours by car from Boston and 3 hours from New York City.