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Our large, diverse department is at the forefront of an exciting field.

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The Leading Edge

Statistics is a field of limitless opportunities to solve real-world problems. We’re one of the largest statistics departments in the nation, and the diverse research interests of our faculty mean students can explore a wide range of specializations and find the one or ones that pique their interest.

We offer a dynamic environment for teaching, core research and collaborative research across disciplines, with formal programs in biostatistics; statistical genetics; and environmental, financial and mathematical statistics. We also have emerging efforts in statistics education and statistical computing and big data. Both graduate and undergraduate students are highly involved in research and experiential learning opportunities like internships, graduate industrial traineeships and consulting.

Our graduates have their pick of high-paying jobs in exciting fields, including computing, precision medicine, sports analytics, manufacturing, biostatistics, government and academia.

Top Producer of Statistics Ph.D.s

We granted 258 Ph.D.s between 2003 and 2017, more than any other U.S. university, according to Amstat News.

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Location, Location, Location

The department’s location in North Carolina’s vibrant Research Triangle provides rich opportunities for interactions with industry; nearby universities, including Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and government agencies. Faculty enjoy collaborations with medical researchers at Duke, environmental scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency research facility, pharmaceutical researchers at GSK and software developers at SAS Institute, among many others. Students have abundant local opportunities for internships at these and other top companies, offering them key experience and valuable connections to jumpstart their careers.

When our students and faculty aren’t studying and working, they can take advantage of all that Money’s 2016 best big city in the Southeast has to offer, including museums, cultural opportunities, beautiful parks, a great food scene and easy access to both the beach and the mountains.