Housed in the College of Liberal Arts, the School of Statistics offers degree programs for College of Science and Engineering students that integrate theory and applications throughout its research and curriculum. The school focuses on ways to use mathematics, computing, and insight to put statistics to work in business, industry, medicine, government, and scientific research.

Tradition of excellence

The department was founded in 1971 as a center for research and teaching in statistical theory and in applied statistics. Most of our faculty are elected fellows of the major national statistical associations. Many have served as presidents of these associations and as editors of their journals. Many of our Ph.D. graduates work at major universities throughout the world.

World-class academic programs

Encompassing theory and statistical methods, the undergraduate program prepares students for graduate work or careers in marketing analysis, quality management, and scientific research support. The master’s program has a strong core of both theoretical and applied statistics and provides a basis for work in a wide variety of areas. Students in our Ph.D. program collaborate with other research groups outside statistics. We also provide a Statistical Consulting Service for University researchers who need to apply statistical methodology to their own work.

Cutting-edge research

Faculty and students are active in many research areas. Supported by the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health, research areas include:

  • Probability theory, including decision making and random matrix theory
  • Computer-based inference methods
  • Model building and model selection
  • Dimension reduction methodology, to find useful information in a sea of available data

Business and industry connections

Graduates are employed by most large Twin Cities employers, including Medtronic, Boston Scientific, 3M, Target, government agencies and health care companies.