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Regular Members Regular Members of the GIDP in Statistics are those University faculty and staff involved in teaching core Statistics courses, directing M.S. and Ph.D. students in the GIDP, and/or others who have agreed to be significantly active in the Program.

The next Statistics GIDP Colloquium will be held on November 6, 3-4pm, ENR2 S395.

Fall 2017

Fall 2017 colloquia will take place Mondays, 3pm-4pm,in ENR2 S395. 

Statistics GIDP Colloquium: Monday, September 11, 2017

Speaker: Yue (Selena) Niu, University of Arizona 

Jingyu Liu, PhD student, presenting her research at the 2016 GIDP Showcase.

This may be the most exciting time ever to choose a career path in Statistics. You are about to decide if graduate education in statistics is a part of your own personal career path. On these pages, we will help you make an important decision “What program is right for me?” by addressing the following questions about Statistics and the University of Arizona.

Qualifying Exams

Allowed for the test: Calculator, 1 inch binder of notes (separate 1-inch binders for each test are permitted)

The Statistics Qualifying Exams will next be held January 8 and 9, 2018.  Exam registration ( stat_qe_jan18_declaration_form.doc) is required by January 2. Please contact Melanie Bowman ( with any questions.

UA Tripods

The National Science Foundation (NSF) will be providing $17.7 million in funding for 12 Transdisciplinary Research in Principles of Data Science (TRIPODS) projects. The University of Arizona is proud to be one of the recipients for this NSF initiative.

Click here for the complete list of courses, including course descriptions, prerequisites, and semesters offered.

Regular Track

A minimum of 71 units of coursework, with at least a 3.0 overall GPA, past the Bachelor’s Degree is required, made up as follows:

1.  Core PhD Courses; minimum 32 units as follows:

Click here for the complete list of courses, including course descriptions, prerequisites, and semesters offered.

Master's Program Requirements

A minimum of 30 units of coursework (graded C or better) past the Bachelor’s Degree is required, made up as follows:

1.  Core MS Courses; 15 units as follows:

            STAT 564/MATH 564 – Theory of Probability

Click here for the complete list of courses, including course descriptions, prerequisites, and semesters offered.

A minimum of 12 units of coursework (graded B or better) are required for the Minor and the Certificate (options are listed below).  Please note, students who do not receive a B or better grade for their minor coursework may instead have an overall 3.0 GPA for minor coursework & pass the qualifying exam, theory version, at the MS level.

Statistics Program Executive Committee Membership

Committee Position   Member University Appointment Final Year of 3-year Term Contact
Chair  Joseph Watkins

The University of Arizona Sports Analytics program allows students to become directly involved in analyzing athletic team data at the University of Arizona. Under the guidance of Statistics graduate students, undergraduates are introduced to current applications of sports analytics, and then apply their knowledge in statistics, computer programming or sports to complete a specific sports analytics project.

Program Cost

Per unit cost: $800

Total cost of 12-unit Certificate: $9,600

There is an additional mandatory fee that will be charged. The Arizona Financial Aid Trust Fee (AFAT) ($25 for 1-6 units; $49 for 7 or more units) is a fee required by the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR). 

The Statistics GIDP's online courses are generally offered in a 'hybrid' style, with both distance students and on-campus students registered to take the course.  Class sessions/lectures/recitations are recorded digitally and stored as podcasts for later online retrieval by all registered students, although on-campus students are also required to attend the actual class sessions.  GIDP instructors also post various forms of additional material online, including sample data sets, applets and other forms of computer code, exam and homework solutions, etc., that enhance the students' experienc

Certificate students must complete four 3-unit courses. The only required course is STAT 566 - Theory of Statistics (offered in the Spring). However, STAT 564 - Theory of Probability is a prerequisite for STAT 566, so students must have completed either STAT 564 or an equivalent course before taking STAT 566.

To be eligible for the Certificate Program, a student must meet the following requirements:

What makes the Statistics Program unique?

The students in the Statistics Program have two groups of natural colleagues – students in the School of Mathematical Sciences and students in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the College of Public Health. These two academic units are the “first cousins” of the Statistics students and consequently many joint activities, e.g., colloquia and recruitment, are shared among these programs.

Statistics provides the reasoning and methods for producing and understanding data. Statisticians are specialists, but statistics demands they be generalists, too. One advantage of working in statistics is that you can combine your interest with almost any other field in science, technology, or business.


Email: njlytal@

Office Location ENR2 S370BB

Office Hours
Mon: 3-4 PM
Tues: 1-2 PM
Wed: 4-5 PM


I am a 2nd year graduate student in the University of Arizona's Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Statistics. My current research interests are in metagenomics and bioinformatics.

One of the lovely, and potentially challenging, elements of academia is summer. While summer often gives graduate students a change of pace, funding it can be tricky.

Here are a few suggestions:



The Graduate Program in Statistics has six distinct academic programs – the graduate certificate (available both as a residential and an online program), the Master’s degree, the accelerated Master’s degree, two tracks for the doctoral degree, the regular track and informatics track, and a PhD minor.

For admission into graduate programs, the Recruitment and Admissions committee look for several indicators.

Doctoral Students For the first two years, students are generally supported via fellowships or teaching assistantships.


Doctoral Minor. A doctoral minor student must complete 4 courses from a long list spanning many academic units. The single required course is the Theory of Statistics. Students must receive an A or B in this course to receive the minor. A complete list of course options is available here.

Dec 2, Professor Gen Li, Department of Biostatistics, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University,

  • Title: Supervised Principal Component Analysis and Extensions

All courses with STAT designators

STAT 563/MATH 563 -- Probability Theory (3 units)
Description: Random variables, expectation and integration, Borel-Cantelli lemmas, independence, sums of independent random variables, strong law of large numbers, convergence in distribution, central limit theorem, infinitely divsible distributions
Prerequisite(s): MATH 523B or MATH 527B or consent instructor.
Typically offered: Fall.

Nov 4, Professor Avelino Arellano, Jr., Dept of Atmospheric Science, UA. The speaker homepage is

Title: Towards Seamless Prediction of Chemical Weather

12pm-1pm in Modern Languages Building 410.

Refreshments at 11:45.

All are welcome!

Sep 30, Clayton Morrison, School of Information, UA, homepage is

12pm-1pm in Modern Languages Building 410.

Refreshments at 11:45.

All are welcome!