What is statistics?

Statistics is the science of learning from data. No matter what you call them—statistician, financial analyst, market researcher, epidemiologist, actuary, survey researcher, data scientist—statisticians are a diverse group of people with one thing in common: they use statistics to draw valuable insights from data. With a career in statistics, you’re not limited by industry or geography. Work for a car company in Michigan, a high-tech company in Silicon Valley, a humanitarian organization in New York City, a government office in Washington DC, a pharmaceutical company in Europe or a business consultancy in India.


The Department of Statistics offers master's and Ph.D. programs in statistics, as well as a variety of undergraduate majors and minors, including a data analysis minor that may be completed without taking calculus.


Do you have a specific interest? Our faculty have specialties that include:

  • Bayesian analysis
  • Biostatistics
  • Categorical data
  • Linear and nonlinear models
  • Multivariate data
  • Nonparametric and rank-based analysis
  • Spatial analysis and mapping
  • Survival data
  • Time series analysis