George Mason University
George Mason University Mason
George Mason University

Statistical Science, PhD

Department of Statistics

Nguyen Engineering Building, 1705
4400 University Drive, MS 4A7
Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: 703-993-1700


Program Overview

Mason’s PhD in statistical science emphasizes mathematical theory, computation, and data analysis. Coursework focuses on algorithm and simulation, measure and linear space, probability theory, and mathematical statistics. The program prepares students for careers in research as well as in industry and government, for positions such as senior statistician, senior data scientist, or senior biostatistician. Current research areas of key department faculty in the program include biometric identification, biostatistics, statistical genetics, statistical graphics, data confidentiality, networking analysis, and data exploration.

Total credits: 72

Find degree requirements in the university catalog.


According to Fortune Magazine the PhD in Statistical Science is the best graduate degree for jobs. In 2015 the median salary was more than $130K with a projected growth of 23 percent in jobs. Individuals with a PhD in statistics can expect to find work with medical device companies, pharmaceutical companies, federal agencies, (FDA, NIH, etc.) or in the growing financial services industry.

Department faculty members have active research in the areas design and analysis of clinical trials, genetics, survival analysis, data confidentiality, and visualization of patterns in health data. The R. Clifton Bailey Seminar Series provides opportunities for students to engage with outside speakers on a regular basis. The department’s industry advisory board coordinates summer internships for students.

Graduates of this PhD program earn legitimacy as leaders in the field and can expect multiple opportunities for employment. The program has a 100 percent employment rate of its alumni.

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