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MA Statistical Science

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

2 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

47590 USD
47590 USD

Application fee

International 85 USD
National 85 USD
Statistical Science
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)90
TOEFL-PBT (min)577
GRE (avg)301
GMAT (avg)660

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About this course

The Department of Statistical Science admits students to graduate study leading to the Ph.D. degree in Statistical Science, the M.S. degree in Statistical Science, and the M.S. degree in Statistical and Economic Modeling.

The Ph.D. in Statistical Science offers thorough preparation in the foundations theory and methods of statistical science--emphasizing modern, stochastic model-based statistical science, and Bayesian and classical approaches to inference, predictive modeling, advanced computational statistics and interdisciplinary applications. Students work with some of the world leaders in research in Bayesian statistics, methodology of statistical science, statistical computing, machine learning and data science, and applications in many fields. Our Ph.D. graduates are strongly recruited for positions in leading academic departments and centers, as well as research positions in business, industry and government.

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Eligibility Criteria


English Language Requirements

If your first language is not English, you must submit scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the academic modules of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The scores will be a decisive factor during the application review process. The Graduate School only admits applicants who have one of the following minimum scores (some departments may require a higher score):

577 for paper-based TOEFL
90 for an Internet-based TOEFL
7.0 for the IELTS

How to Submit
An official copy must be sent to The Graduate School directly from the testing agency.

TOEFL: Ask Educational Testing Service to report scores to the Duke University Graduate School. Use institution code 5156. ETS will require you to select a department code. It does not matter which department code you choose. The Graduate School will receive the scores as long as you choose institution code 5156.

ETS only reports TOEFL scores for up to two years after the test date. If ETS refuses to report your score, you need to retake the TOEFL before submitting your application.

IELTS: The IELTS is administered by Cambridge ESOL, British Council, and IDP: IELTS Australia. Seewww.ielts.org for more information. Official IELTS scores must be mailed by the testing agency directly to the address on the Contact Admissions page.

Be sure to alert us if the name on your application is different from the name on your score report. You do not need to notify us about minor differences in spacing or hyphenation (such as "Juan Carlos" vs. "JuanCarlos" or "Jane Henry Doe" vs. "Jane Henry-Doe").

Score Requirements
Your score must not be more than two years old from August 1 of the application year. For example, if you submit your application between August 2016 and January 2017, your score report must be dated August 1, 2014, or later.
We do not accept personal copies, attested copies, or notarized copies of test scores.
Additional Language Requirements for International Students
All admitted international students whose first language is not English are required to take placement exams conducted by the English for International Students program at the beginning of the term of matriculation. Depending on the exam results, students are either exempted from or placed into EIS courses. All courses that a student places into are degree requirements.

TOEFL/IELTS Waiver Policy
To be eligible for a TOEFL/IELTS waiver, you must have studied fulltime for two years or more at a college or university where the sole language of instruction is English and in a country where English is the primary spoken language. The two years of study must be completed prior to application submission.

If you believe you qualify for a TOEFL/IELTS waiver based on the above criteria, upload a written request for the waiver in the Additional Information section of your online application. In your request, be sure to state where you completed the two-year study requirement. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we will not examine, confirm the status of, or grant any waiver requests prior to extending an offer of admission.

Keep in mind that any admitted international student whose first language is not English must take oral and written English placement exams conducted by the English for International Students program at the beginning of the term of matriculation. This is required regardless of whether a TOEFL/IELTS waiver is granted.

NOTE: We strongly encourage all applicants whose first language is not English to take either the TOEFL or the IELTS test before applying to The Graduate School, even if they meet the TOEFL/IELTS waiver criteria. The exam results can provide vital information to an applicant and The Graduate School regarding the strength of an applicant’s academic English skills. In addition, many graduate departments and programs consider TOEFL and IELTS scores a critical factor during the application review process. Contact your department or program of interest to determine how or whether TOEFL and IELTS scores factor into their application review.

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Course Modules

Introductory/preparatory courses:

  • 213 Introduction to Statistical Methods
  • 253 Applied Stochastic Processes
  • MTH 203 Real Analysis

For Students in All Years:

  • 395 Readings in Statistical Science
  • 395 Readings in Statistical Science
  • 291/2 Independent Study
  • 291/2 Independent Study

Typical 1st Year Courses (selected from):

  • 205 Probability & Measure Theory
  • 214 Probability and Statistical Models
  • 244 Linear Models
  • 215 Statistical Inference
  • 290 Modern Statistical Data Analysis
  • 245 Case Studies in Bayesian Statistics

Typical 2nd Year Courses (selected from):

  • 216 Generalized Linear Models
  • 376 Advanced Modeling & Scientific Computing
  • 2/3xx From the list below
  • 2/3xx From the list below
  • 293/4 Special Topics in Statistics
  • 293/4 Special Topics in Statistics
  • 390 Statistical Consulting Workshop
  • 390 Statistical Consulting Workshop

Courses Taught Every 2-3 Years:

  • 218 Statistical Data Mining
  • 226 Statistical Decision Theory
  • 280 Spatial Statistics
  • 270 Statistics in Computational Biology
  • 281 Modern Nonparametric Theory & Methods
  • 356 Time Series and Forecasting
  • 357 Stochastic Processes
  • 356 Multivariate Analysis

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How to Apply

  • Transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume
  • GRE scores
  • English language proficiency test scores (if English is not your first language)
  • GPA
  • Writing samples (only required by certain departments)
  • Departmental requirements

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