48 months
39470 USD/year
39470 USD/year
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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.


Key facts:

  • 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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Letters of recommendation 
  • Transcripts
  • Academic history
  • Essay

Tuition Fee

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    39470 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 39470 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Philadelphia

1313 - 2284 USD /month
Living costs

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


  • 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.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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