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Statistics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #13 (ARWU) Ithaca, NY, United States
The PhD program is intended to prepare students for a career in research and teaching at the University level or in equivalent positions in industry or government.
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  • Students graduate this program with a broad set of skills, from the ability to interact collaboratively with researchers in applied fields, through the formulation and computational implementation of novel statistical models and methods to demonstrating mathematically that these methods have desirable statistical properties. Cornell's PhD alumni have gone on to high profile positions in all of academia, industry and government.
  • The PhD program requires coursework, completion of an Admission to Candidacy Exam and a Thesis Defence. Depending on a coursework performance, students may also be required to sit a qualifying exam.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Concentrations by Subject:

  • Biometry
  • Decision Theory
  • Econometrics
  • Engineering Statistics
  • Experimental Design
  • Mathematical Statistics
  • Probability
  • Sampling
  • Social Statistics
  • Statistical Computing
  • Stochastic Processes

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

In their transcripts applicants must show strength in the mathematical sciences. Applicants must also demonstrate strong motivation for advanced study in statistics. Submission of GRE general test scores is recommended.

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • two letters of recommendation required, but four allowed

Tuition Fee

  • International

    20800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20800 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    20800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20800 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for Ithaca

  • 1128 - 2460 USD/month
    Living Costs

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


Nearly all of our graduate students are fully supported: full tuition, a generous stipend, and full health insurance. Support may be provided in one of several possible ways. In any given year, the majority of available positions come in the form of Teaching Assistantships. However, depending on availability, students may receive financial support from multiple sources during the course of their studies. The Department typically seeks to provide a maximum of 5 years of support for students that enter the PhD program. The actual amount of time a student is supported will never be less than the guaranteed period of support, assuming satisfactory progress towards the PhD degree.

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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