The Doctor of Philosophy in Statistics is a graduate program which provides students with advanced background in statistics to enable them to participate in the development of statistical methods. Emphasis is placed on training in research. Seminar and reading courses are incorporated into the PhD program, besides lecture courses, in order to meet the individual requirements of the student's program of research.

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Admission Requirements

Application for admissions must be filed with the Director of Graduate Studies at lest one month before the start of the registration period of the proposed term of entrance.

Applicants with a bachelor's or master's degree or equivalent degree or title from any recognized institution of higher learning and who satisfy the University rules on admission to a graduate program may be admitted to the Ph.D. program subject to the following conditions:

An applicant with a bachelor's or master's degree other than in statistics may be required to take additional mathematics and statistics courses before admission to the Ph.D. program.

Additional requirements shall be determined by the Graduate Committee of the School.

A student must obtain a grade of 2.0 or better in the qualifying examination based on the core courses of the MS(Statistics) program of the Center before being allowed to continue in the doctoral program.


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Graduation Requirements

Candidacy Exam

A student is qualified to take the candidacy examination based on the PhD core courses (Stat 301, Stat 302, Stat 303, Stat 311 and Stat 312), provided that his weighted average in these courses is 1.75 or better.

After passing the candidacy examination with a grade of 1.75 or better, a student is considered advanced to candidacy for the degree.

Failure at a second try shall bar the student permanently from the PhD program.


Submission of an approved dissertation successfully defended in an oral examination.

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