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Statistics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #15 (QS) , PA,
Wharton’s PhD program in Statistics at the University of Pennsylvania provides the foundational education that allows students to engage both cutting-edge theory and applied problems. These include theoretical research in mathematical statistics as well as interdisciplinary research in the social sciences, biology and computer science.

About

This Statistics at the University of Pennsylvania trains students for academic research careers. The foundation is a sequence of courses in probability, mathematical statistics, linear models and statistical computing. The program also encourages study in a cognate area of application. 

Major areas of departmental research include: analysis of observational studies; Bayesian inference, bioinformatics; computational biology; decision theory; game theory; genomics; high dimensional inference; information theory; machine learning; model selection; nonparametric function estimation; and time series analysis.

Students typically have a strong undergraduate background in mathematics. Knowledge of linear algebra and advanced calculus is required, and experience with real analysis is helpful. Although some exposure to undergraduate probability and statistics is expected, skills in mathematics and computer science are more important.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Bayesian Statistics
  • Probability
  • Stochastic Processes
  • Statistical Methodology
  • Mathematical Statistics
  • Introduction to Linear Statistical Models
  • Advanced Topics in Mathematical Statistics

English Language Requirements

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    7.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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  • Minimum required score:

    600

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General Requirements

  • Letters of recommendation 
  • Transcripts
  • Academic history
  • Essay

Tuition Fee

  • International

    39470 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39470 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    39470 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39470 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Philadelphia

  • 1313 - 2290 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Students admitted to the PhD program typically receive a fellowship providing tuition and a stipend for four years. The students participate in the teaching and research activities of the Statistics Department.

All admitted Wharton doctoral students receive a fellowship that covers the cost of tuition and health insurance, and provides a stipend. It is expected that a similar level of financial aid may be awarded for up to 5 years. All financial aid awards are contingent upon a student's satisfactory academic progress.

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