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Academic Programs Overview

The Department of Statistics offers two graduate degree programs: Master of Science, including a Data Science track, and Doctor of Philosophy in Statistics. The department also offers an undergraduate minor and a Ph.D. minor.

The requirements for a degree in statistics are flexible, depending on the needs and interests of the student. Some students may be interested in the theory of statistics and/or probability, whereas others may wish to apply statistical and probabilistic methods to a substantive area.

In addition to courses for Statistics majors, the department offers a number of service courses designed for students in other departments. These tend to emphasize the application of statistical techniques rather than their theoretical development. For more information about classes, please refer to the Stanford Bulletin.


Undergraduate students interested in Statistics should explore the Mathematical & Computational Science B.S. program.


Graduate degree options:



The master's degree is designed to be a terminal degree program with a professional focus.

(Graduate students who wish to obtain two degrees either concurrently or consecutively. Students must apply and be admitted to each degree separately.)

Coterminal MS This program allows Stanford undergraduates an opportunity to work simultaneously towards their BA/BS and a Statistics MS degree. Registrar's coterminal degree site.
HCP (Part-Time MS) Pursue a Stanford University Master of Science degree on a part-time basis through the Honors Cooperative Program (HCP).
PhD The PhD degree in Statistics is intended for students primarily interested in a career of research and teaching, or high-level technical work in universities, industry, or government.
PhD Minor Students pursuing a PhD in another department may choose to also complete the requirements for a PhD minor in Statistics