The Department of Statistics at Western Michigan University offers the following programs:



Our FAQ page provides more information on graduate applications.

Teaching assistantship

Why study statistics?

Employment Outlook

The demand for statistician and data scientist is high and continues to grow. Society and industry are becoming increasingly data-rich and data-dependent.

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Graph showing increased job opportunities for statisticians.

Make money

According to salary survey (from Oct. 13, 2022), the average base salary is $84,400 for statisticians, and $100,800 for data scientists.

Have fun

You could be a “Moneyball”-type statistician who helps sports teams pick new players, a biostatistician who helps develop new drug therapies, or a member of the data science team of a political campaign. The field is filled with opportunities to work on interesting problems with other smart, dynamic people.

Learn more about careers in statistics from the American Statistical Association.