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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.

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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.

Top Statistics Schools in the United States

1. Stanford University in Stanford, CA

Stanford University's Department of Statistics placed number one on the U.S. News & World Report list of best graduate statistics programs in 2010. In the same year, the department also received high marks from the National Research Council (NRC) for its research activities, scholarly reputation and faculty impressions. 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

In 2010, 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 three main active areas of research, including theoretical statistics, applied statistics and probability. The department also offers a consulting service, through which graduate students can work under the supervision of a faculty member.

3. University of Washington in Seattle, WA

The University of Washington includes the Department of Statistics, which ranked third among its peers for its graduate biostatistics program and six for its general statistics program, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2010. In the same year, the department also received high rankings from the NRC for the quality of its research, scholarly reputation and student graduation rates. Unique to the department are its three 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.

Ten Highly-Ranked Statistics Schools in the Nation

School Name Distinction Location
University of Washington Offers three interdisciplinary programs in statistical genetics, computational finance and social science Seattle, WA
University of Wisconsin - Madison High-rated research activities, according to the NRC in 2010 Madison, WI
University of California - Berkeley Has received nine awards from the National Academy of Sciences Berkeley, CA
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
Stanford University Industrial Affiliates Program Stanford, CA
University of Chicago Former faculty members have written over 15 books on statistics Chicago, IL
Duke University Statistical students have access to the Statistical Education Center Durham, NC
Carnegie Mellon University Offers six distinct interdisciplinary programs in statistics Pittsburgh, PA
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