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Statistics (PHD) - Statistical Informatics 
Program Description

The GIDP in Statistics offers interdisciplinary courses of study leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Statistics (regular track or statistical informatics track), along with a 12-unit Graduate Certificate. A Ph.D. minor in Statistics is also available for students already registered into a Ph.D. program other than Statistics here at the UA. Our mission is to develop the next generation of data scientists, trained to meet the challenges of modern interdisciplinary data extraction, analysis, and interpretation.

The GIDP supports and encourages the central role of statistical and quantitative thinking in the biological, physical, engineering, financial, and social sciences. Necessary training is provided for students to develop core expertise in statistical theory and methodology, and also for students who will apply their statistical knowledge in practical, transdisciplinary research; targeted subject-matter specialties include, but are not limited to biometry, bioinformatics, biostatistics, econometrics & financial statistics, educational statistics, operations research & applied probability, psychometrics, spatial/spatio-temporal analysis, statistical genetics/genomics, stochastic modeling, and quantitative risk assessment.

If you have questions on the admissions process, please contact Melanie Bowman, Program Coordinator, at bowmanm@email.arizona.edu.

 
Department/Academic Unit(s)

Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs -

The Graduate College sponsors several Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDPs) in addition to the many interdisciplinary possibilities available through regular graduate degree programs. GIDPs transcend departmental boundaries by facilitating cutting edge teaching and research at the nexus of traditional disciplines. The high value placed on interdisciplinary research and education is indicative of The University of Arizona's enthusiasm and commitment to fostering innovation and creativity among its faculty and students.

 
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Graduate College/GIDP  
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Main Campus - Tucson  
Contacts
Admissions Contact
Melanie Bowman
520-621-1786
Graduate Program Coordinator
Melanie Bowman
520-621-1786
Director of Graduate Studies
Joseph C Watkins
520-621-5245
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Cindy T Nguyen
520-621-0119
 
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

For admission to the Ph.D. Program in Statistics, applicants must have or be in the process of completing an M.S. in Statistics, Biostatistics, Mathematics, or Applied Mathematics, or an advanced degree in a field that makes significant use of quantitative methods, with at least a 3.0 overall grade point average (GPA). A student who wishes to apply to the Ph.D. program without an M.S. and with only a Baccalaureate degree may do so, but is required to meet all other M.S. and Ph.D. entrance requirements as stipulated herein. If her/his application is successful, the student must earn the M.S. in the GIDP "en route" to her/his Ph.D.

All students entering the Program are required to have a substantive background in mathematics, including at least three semesters of Calculus through multivariable/vector calculus (at the level of MATH 125, MATH 129, MATH 223), one semester of Linear Algebra (at the level of MATH 215), and experience with computer technologies.

For M.S. and Ph.D. applicants, at least one introductory course in statistical methods (at the level of MATH 263) is required. In addition, at least one semester of upper-division Probability (e.g., MATH 464) and (for Ph.D. students) two semesters of upper-division Real Analysis (e.g., MATH 425A-425B) are strongly recommended. M.S. and Ph.D. applicants must also show scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE - general test only) that exceed 75th percentile Quantitative and 50th percentile Verbal. (GRE scores must be dated no older than five years from the time of application to the program.)

Applicants from non-English-speaking countries must exhibit proficiency in English as per the Graduate College's basic requirements for this proficiency: a minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of 550 paper based (PB) or 79 internet-based (iBT).
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination can be submitted in lieu of the TOEFL. The minimum IELTS score requirement for admissions consideration is a score of 7, with a score of no less than 6 on any individual module.
Note, however, that the GIDP imposes additional English proficiency requirements on applicants in order to be eligible for financial aid through the Program. See the section below on Financial Assistance for further details.

The Graduate College's basic admissions requirements stipulate that scores on the TOEFL or the IELTS must be dated within 24 months of the term of intended enrollment. Scores older than this are considered out-of-date and cannot be used to support a student's application.

Along with these materials, a Statement of Purpose describing the applicant's interests and goals for graduate study in interdisciplinary statistics, a list of college-level statistics and mathematics courses completed (including final grades) or in progress, and a minimum of two letters of recommendation from university faculty members familiar with an applicant's academic and scholarly abilities are also required. (Applicants who wish to submit additional letters may do so; however, letters from non-academic sources are treated with lesser weight by the Recruiting & Admissions Committee.) An attendant curriculum vitae is optional, but recommended. Complete application procedures are given in the Applications section of this website.

 
Standardized Tests

Required test(s):
GRE General test
TOEFL test required for international applicants only

Minimum GRE Verbal: must exceed 50th percentile
Minimum GRE Quantitative: must exceed 75th percentile
Minumum GRE Written:

Minimum TOEFL: a minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of 550 paper based (PB) or 79 internet-based (iBT).
 

 
Financial Aid

Financial assistance is available for qualified applicants, in the form of Graduate Research or Teaching Assistantships. In order to receive financial aid, the GIDP requires that:* each student must exhibit full-time graduate status, which requires registration for a minimum of 9 units each semester; and* each student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher while enrolled in the Statistics graduate program.

To be eligible for financial assistance, applicants from non-English-speaking countries must also demonstrate sufficient English proficiency in order to communicate effectively when instructing or describing modern statistical concepts to fellow scholars and scientists. The GIDP's eligibility requirements are:
* a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT total score at or above 106 and a TOEFL iBT Speaking score at or above 26, or
* an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 8, with a score of no less than 7 on any individual module.

Students from non-English-speaking countries who have not achieved either this TOEFL iBT or this IELTS English proficiency requirement prior to matriculating into the Statistics GIDP may instead meet the University's requirements for Spoken English Proficiency as stipulated by the Graduate College. These requirements are: a minimum score of 26 on the Speaking section of the TOEFL (iBT), or a minimum score of 7 on the University’s T-BEST exam, or a minimum score of 50 on the University’s TSE/TAU/SPEAK exam, or be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident. Previous attendance at an English-speaking institution does not satisfy this requirement.

These policies are independent of any specific form of financial assistance (Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant, Fellowship, etc.) the student receives. No waivers or exceptions are permitted. Additional information on financial support in the GIDP is available in the pertinent section of the Statistics Graduate Student Handbook.

The GIDP in Statistics is a small program, and as such only limited assistance is available. Graduate student support is not guaranteed for any student in the program, and as such competition for this assistance is very high. Consideration is generally given first to students in the Ph.D. program, although financial support for M.S. students is possible when resources permit.

Students are encouraged to seek out funding from a variety of sources; the Graduate College has online resources which can facilitate this effort. Students are also strongly encouraged to apply for Research Assistantship support through faculty and fellowship awards from local and national agencies.

 
Admissions Deadlines

Domestic and International Applicants:

  • Fall: January 21
  • Spring: September 21 - program permission required
 
International Conditional Admission
International applicants may be considered for conditional admission to this program at the department's discretion.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: http://stat.bio5.org/sites/default/files/GradHandbook1-13.doc

Degree Specifics

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 71 units of coursework (graded C or better) past the Bachelor’s Degree is required, made up as follows:

1.  Core Ph.D. Courses; minimum 23 units as follows:

            15 units from the set of Core M.S. Statistics courses:

                        STAT 564/MATH 564 – Theory of Probability

                        STAT 566/MATH 566 – Theory of Statistics

                        STAT 571A/MATH 571A – Advanced Statistical Regression Analysis

                        STAT 571B/MATH 571B – Design of Experiments

                        STAT 688/ABE 688/CPH 688 – Statistical Consulting

(a maximum of 3 units of Statistical Consulting, STAT 688/ABE 688/CPH 688, may be applied towards the Core Ph.D. course requirements) along with an additional set of 8 units of Core Ph.D. Statistical Informatics courses:

                        MATH 574M– Statistical Machine Learning

                        STAT 675 – Statistical Computing

                        PHCL 595B – Scientific Writing Strategies, Skills & Ethics

                                 Or IMB 521 – Scientific Writing and Research Integrity

2.  Additional Elective Courses; minimum 21 units.

Minimum 6 units from Theme (a) "General", with minimum 6 units from any other single "theme" (b)–(g), and any 9 additional units from the list below (no course can be used if it overlaps with a course required by the minor, above).  It is the student’s responsibility, prior to enrolling in any of the electives listed below, to complete any courses listed as prerequisites by the offering unit.

(a) General

            CPH 648/EPID 648 – Analysis of High Dimensional Data

            ISTA 510 – Bayesian Modeling and Inference

            STAT 574B/ECON 574 – Bayesian Statistical Theory and Applications (Same as ECON 696E)

STAT 687/CPH 687/EPID 687 – Theory of Linear Models    

MATH 575A/CSC 575A – Numerical Analysis

            MATH  575B/CSC 575B – Numerical Analysis II

            MATH 636/ECE 636 – Information Theory

SIE 520 – Stochastic Modeling I

SIE 545 – Fundamentals of Optimization

(b) Bioinformatics

            ECOL 553 – Functional and Evolutionary Genomics

            CSC 550 – Algorithms in Bioinformatics

            CSC 650 – Algorithms for Computational Biology

            ISTA 554 – Informatics in Biology

            MCB 516A/ABE 516A – Statistical Bioinformatics and Genomic Analysis

            PL S 565 – Practical Skills for Next Generation Sequencing Data Analysis    

 (c) Business & management informatics
            MIS 510 – Web Computing and Mining

            MIS 525 – Models for Decision Support

            MIS 545 – Data Mining for Business Intelligence 

            MIS 580 – Knowledge Management: Techniques and Practices

 (d) Computing
            ISTA 521 – Introduction to Machine Learning

            CPH 576D/EPID 576D – Data Management and the SAS Programming Language

            ECE 631 – Neural Networks

EDP 548 – Statistical Packages in Research
MATH 575A/CSC 575A – Numerical Analysis

            MATH  575B/CSC 575B – Numerical Analysis II

 

 (e) Geographic information systems (GIS)

            STAT 574G/GEOG 574G – Introduction to Geostatistics

            GEOG 524 – Integrated Geographic Information Systems

            RNR 520/GEOG 520 – Advanced Geographic Information Systems

 (f) Medical informatics

            MIS 518 – Biomedical and Security Informatics

            IRLS 646/NURS 646 – Healthcare Informatics: Theory and Practice

            CPH 678 – Principles of Public Health Informatics (max. 3 units)

            PHPR 817 – Introduction to Informatics

(g) Specialized theme

Where needed to suit a particular or specialized need in an individual student’s program of study, petition may be made to the GIDP Executive Committee for approval of an alternate, tailored 6-15 unit Theme.  The student must be in good standing and must exhibit ongoing, satisfactory progress towards completion of the degree.  The burden of proof for admitting a commensurate, Specialized Theme rests with the student, and the decision of the committee will be final.

3.  A minimum of 9 additional units for the Ph.D. minor.

Graduate College requirements stipulate that a minimum of 9 units be applied for the Ph.D. minor.  Minor requirements are fixed by the minor department or program; some Minor programs require upwards or 12 or even 15 units for completion.  (A Ph.D. Minor in Statistics cannot be counted towards a Ph.D. in Statistics.)  The selection of the Ph.D. Minor field is to be made by the student in consultation with her/his advisor and the Program director.  The Minor should reflect the student’s transdisciplinary interests, and wherever possible should be coordinated with the student’s additional Statistics electives.  A non-exhaustive list of potential Ph.D. Minors, and their requirements, is given in Appendix 4.

4.  Dissertation credit:  minimum 18 units of STAT 920

As per Graduate College requirements, a minimum of 18 units in the Ph.D. program of study must include dissertation credits.  These are used to undertake the Ph.D. research.  Registration for any units of STAT 920 is restricted to students who have assembled an active, complete Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination Committee (see below).  Students who wish to undertake research coursework prior to assembling a Comprehensive Committee may consider STAT 599 and/or STAT 900 as possible alternatives; however, a maximum of only 6 units from STAT 599 and/or STAT 900 may be applied to the Ph.D. program of study.

         

 
Minor Requirements

A minimum of 9 units for the Ph.D. minor.

Graduate College requirements stipulate that a minimum of 9 units be applied for the Ph.D. minor.  Minor requirements are fixed by the minor department or program; some Minor programs require upwards or 12 or even 15 units for completion.  (A Ph.D. Minor in Statistics cannot be counted towards a Ph.D. in Statistics.)  The selection of the Ph.D. Minor field is to be made by the student in consultation with her/his advisor and the Program director.  The Minor should reflect the student’s transdisciplinary interests, and wherever possible should be coordinated with the student’s additional Statistics electives.  A non-exhaustive list of potential Ph.D. Minors, and their requirements, is given in Appendix 4.

 
Student Handbook
http://stat.arizona.edu/sites/default/files/uagc_page/stat_gidp_handbook_082317.pdf  
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Last revised 25 Aug 2017