The Department of Statistics is in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.

Founded in 1997, we're a young and dynamic department. Our degree programs lead to the Master of Arts or Master of Science in either Statistics or Applied Statistics and the Doctor of Philosophy in Statistics. These degrees may be pursued on a full- or part-time basis.

The department also provides courses for students engaged in graduate studies in other disciplines that require statistics and for individuals requiring specialized statistical skills in the workplace. We also provide instruction in statistics for 3,000 undergraduate students each year.

The department currently has 16 full-time faculty and two visiting faculty, around 30 master's students and 30 PhD students. PhD students are sponsored by research or teaching assistantships or Mellon fellowships. All of them include full-tuition scholarships, a stipend and health insurance.

Masters in Applied Statistics

The Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees in Applied Statistics provide students with the necessary background to seek employment in statistics or a related field.

Masters in Statistics

The Masters in Statistics degree is primarily intended for students working toward their PhDs in Statistics. Learn more about the Masters in Statistics requirements.

PhD in Statistics

Graduate students can work towards earning a PhD in Statistics by enrolling in our Doctor of Philosophy in Statistics degree program.

Graduate Advising

Find helpful information regarding graduate student advising. Beginning in the Fall of 2017, all graduate students in the Department of Statistics will be responsible for maintaining the advising worksheet that corresponds to the program of study in which they are enrolled.


View admissions information for our graduate programs. Applications are accepted for Fall admission, only. Applications become available in mid- to late October and have an application deadline of January 15th.

Financial Assistance

Learn more about the financial assistance opportunities available to entering full-time graduate students.

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn about our graduate programs further by exploring the frequently asked questions.