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Graduate Programs

Welcome to the Dr. Bing Zhang Department of Statistics Graduate Program Website!

Are you interested in data science? Are you looking to earn a MS/PhD in statistics? Are you a current UK graduate student interested in a certificate in statistics?

Our department offers:

Which program is the best for you? The table below is an overview of each program. 


MS/PhD Programs:


Master's Degree:

Applied Statistics

Graduate Certificate:

Applied Statistics

Designed for applicants who:
  • want to analyze real data from other fields, while using their mathematical background
  • want to perform data science applications on real data during graduate school
  • want to learn to develop novel data science or statistical methods
  • programming to produce interpretable results that are mathematically appropriate
  • learning how to analyze real data from your own field
  • are working scientists, traditional and non-traditional students, or professionals looking to expand career opportunities
  • want to build statistical and data science expertise
  • want to develop a basic background in statistical data analysis or study design
  • want to demonstrate quantitative expertise with prospective employers
  • want to conduct better quantitative research for a  thesis/dissertation
Location In-person in Lexington, KY Fully online Fully online
Financial Support Fully funded for all admitted students No department funding available No department funding available
Time to Degree

For MS, degree can be completed in 2 years.

For PhD, degree is typically completed in 4-6 years.

2-year and 4-year completion tracks available 12 credit hours
Coursework Prerequisites Linear Algebra and Multivariable Calculus Two-course sequence in calculus (differentiation and integration) Any bachelors degree and college algebra
Undergraduate Major Examples Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Data Science, Physics, and more! Varies Varies




Questions? Please contact:

Dr. Katherine Thompson, Director of Graduate Studies


301 Multidisciplinary Science Building

725 Rose Street

Lexington, KY 40536-0082