Graduate Division

Statistics Ph.D.

Section 1

Overview

Statistics is the science concerned with developing and studying methods for collecting, analyzing, interpreting and presenting empirical data. The MS and PhD degrees provide foundational training in the theoretical underpinnings of modern statistical methodologies as well as the application of those methodologies to real-world data science problems.   Core training includes:

  • Probability and mathematical statistics
  • Statistical methods most commonly used across a multitude of industries
  • Statistical computing, specialized methodologies, and hands-on consulting

PhD students take additional theoretical statistics courses and pursue theoretical and methodologic research areas motivated by close ties with scientific areas ranging from education to medicine.

What Sets Us Apart?

The use of empirical data for advancing research and making decisions has become ubiquitous throughout academics, government, and industry.  Statistics is at the heart of this data science revolution.   The UCI Department of Statistics is uniquely situated within the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences.  This has enabled close collaborations between Statistics, Computer Science, and Informatics to mold the training of our students, allowing them to tackle modern day problems in a multitude of areas.   

Faculty within the department are internationally recognized for their contributions to the field. The department boasts five elected fellows of the American Statistical Association, four elected fellows of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, as well as fellows of the Royal Statistical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Our faculty have made substantial impacts on multiple scientific areas including:

  • medicine
  • biology
  • social science
  • computer science
  • astronomy
  • forensic science

The goal of the department is to train students in modern statistical methodologies, allowing them to address the current empirical challenges facing science and industry.  Training is balanced between theory and application, with a focus on the creative application of statistical methods to real-world data and communication of analytic results to the broader business and scientific communities.  PhD students focus on the development of novel statistical theory and methodology that is motivated by problems encountered in collaborations across a range of disciplines.  Graduates of the program have been consistently successful in attaining positions in academics, government, finance, technology, and pharmaceutical sciences.      

Quick Facts

Program Type

Doctoral Program

Normative Time to Degree

5 years

Capstone Type

Dissertation

Accordion Section

Admissions Requirements

Individuals from a variety of backgrounds can make significant contributions to the field of statistics as long as they have sufficient background in statistics, mathematics, and computing.

Undergraduate preparation in statistics, mathematics, and computing should include multivariate calculus (the equivalent of UCI courses Mathematics 2A-B, 2D-E), linear algebra (121A), elementary analysis (140A-B), introductory probability and statistics (Statistics 120A-B-C), and basic computing (ICS 21).

For students with undergraduate majors outside of mathematics and statistics, it is possible to make up one or two missing courses during the first year in the program.

Financial Support

Fellowships for ICS Graduate Students

Fellowship and award opportunities available to ICS Graduate Students are outlined in this PDF document. This is a combined list of those offered by Graduate Division and external sources. Please see the links provided in the document for more information on each fellowship or award.

    *Many fellowships have internal department deadlines 7-10 days prior to the official due date.

Teaching Assistantships

Students can receive funding through appointments as a Teaching Assistant (TA) or Reader. Information on responsibilities, requirements, and benefits can be found on the Graduate Division website here.

Interested ICS graduate students must submit an application for each quarter they wish to search as a TA or Reader. The application requirement applies to ALL students, including those on a TA/Reader fellowship.

Students are notified of their appointments via email as soon as they are assigned. Any questions about TA and Reader assignments should be directed to the Department Managers.

Graduate Housing

On-campus housing is not guaranteed.

All students looking for on-campus housing options must apply in order to be considered. Continuing students may apply to the housing waiting list at any time during the year. Admitted students may apply for housing after they submit their Statement of Intent to Register (SIR), and must do so by May 1st.

Continuing students can find more information on the Student Housing website.

Information for new graduate students may be found here.

Tuition & Fees

Graduate/Credential Student Fees 2018-19

  Fall 2018 Winter 2019 Spring 2019 Annual
Student Services Fee 376.00 376.00 376.00 1,128.00
Tuition 3,814.00 3,814.00 3,814.00 11,442.00
Assoc. Grad Students Fee 9.00 9.00 9.00 27.00
Student Center Fee 137.88 137.88 137.87 413.63
Bren Events Center Fee 23.00 23.00 23.00 69.00
Recreation Center Fee 88.00 88.00 88.00 264.00
eTech Fee * 60.00 60.00 60.00 180.00
Document Fee † 80.00 0.00 0.00 80.00
Student Health Insurance 1,348.00 1,347.00 1,347.00 4,042.00
Total California Resident $5,795.88 $5,794.88 $5,794.87 $17,385.63
Nonresident Supplemental Tuition 5,034.00 5,034.00 5,034.00 15,102.00
Total Nonresident $10,829.88 $10,828.88 $10,828.87 $32,487.63

Posted 10 August 2018 at http://reg.uci.edu/fees/2018-2019/graduate.html

The tuition, fees, and charges posted to your billing statement or account are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by increases or reductions in State funding, or other developments. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus your final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown.

The non-refundable eTech Fee is required of all students and is used to support the maintenance and improvement of existing education technology, and new services and capabilities. The eTech fee is listed separately as the charged amount varies based on the amount of undergraduate units the student is enrolled in and is assessed later in the term than the other fees listed. The fee is $4 per unit of undergraduate lecture course, up to a maximum amount of $60 (or 15 units) per quarter. It will be assessed after the third week of instruction. The $60 eTech Fee included on this chart reflects the maximum possible fee.

† The Document Fee provides lifetime access to official transcripts and academic verifications without a fee for in-person pickup or delivery by USPS. In addition, there is no fee for mailing the initial diploma. Effective Fall 2018, new undergraduate, professional, and graduate students are assessed the one-time document fee. Eligible students are able to use financial aid to cover the Document Fee.

Core Faculty

Brigitte Baldi
Lecturer
Research Area: Statistics and Statistical Theory
E-mail: baldib@uci.edu
Phone: (949) 824-1912
Office: 2208 Bren Hall
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Daniel Gillen   
Professor and Chair
Research Area: Statistics and Statistical Theory
E-mail: dgillen@uci.edu
Phone: (949) 824-9862
Office: DBH 222
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Michele Guindani
Professor
Research Area: Statistics and Statistical Theory
E-mail: michele.guindani@uci.edu
Phone: (949) 824-5968
Office: Donald Bren Hall 2241
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Wesley O. Johnson
Professor Emeritus
Research Area: Statistics and Statistical Theory
E-mail: wjohnson@ics.uci.edu
Phone: (949) 824-0147
Office: DBH 2232
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Vladimir Minin
Professor; Vice Chair of Undergraduate Affairs, Statistics
Research Area: Statistics and Statistical Theory
E-mail: vminin@uci.edu
Phone: (949) 824-2390
Office: DBH 2068
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Bin Nan
Professor
Research Area: Statistics and Statistical Theory
E-mail: nanb@uci.edu
Phone: (949) 824-2954
Office: DBH 2066
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Babak Shahbaba
Associate Professor
Research Area: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Biomedical Informatics and Computational Biology, Statistics and Statistical Theory
E-mail: babaks@uci.edu
Phone: (949) 824-0623
Office: DBH 2224
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Weining Shen
Assistant Professor
Research Area: Statistics and biostatistics
E-mail: weinings@uci.edu
Phone: (949) 824-9795
Office: DBH 2204
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Hal Stern
Chancellor’s Professor
Research Area: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Statistics and Statistical Theory
E-mail: sternh@uci.edu
Phone: (949) 824-7405
Office: DBH 6215
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Jessica Utts
Professor Emeritus
Research Area: Statistics and Statistical Theory
E-mail: jutts@uci.edu
Phone: (949) 824-0649
Office: DBH 2212
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Yaming Yu
Associate Professor; Vice Chair for Graduate Studies, Statistics
Research Area: Statistics and Statistical Theory
E-mail: yamingy@uci.edu
Phone: (949) 824-7361
Office: DBH 2228
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Zhaoxia Yu
Associate Professor
Research Area: Statistics and Statistical Theory
E-mail: yu.zhaoxia@uci.edu
Phone: (949) 824-0491
Office: DBH 2214
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Joint Faculty

Distinguished Professor
E-mail: pfbaldi@uci.edu

Scott Bartell
Associate Professor
E-mail: sbartell@uci.edu
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Matthew Harding
Associate Professor
E-mail: harding1@uci.edu
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Ivan Jeliazkov
Associate Professor
E-mail: ivan@uci.edu
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Dale Poirier
Professor
E-mail: dpoirier@uci.edu
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Padhraic Smyth
Chancellor’s Professor
E-mail: smyth@ics.uci.edu
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Joachim Vandekerckhove
Associate Professor
E-mail: joachim@uci.edu
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