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Master of Science and Doctoral Statistics Programs


MS and/or PhD Student Funding

All students who apply and are admitted to our MS and/or PhD programs receive funding through Teaching and Research Assistantships.

Assistantships in our department include:

  • Approximately 20 hours of work per week

  • Full tuition scholarship (resident/non-resident tuition -- includes international student tuition) and student health insurance

  • Stipends and Fellowships ranging from $22,000 to $23,000 for Fall/Spring semesters

  • Designated individual desk space with a desktop computer in shared student offices

  • Summer funding opportunities

  • Travel funding opportunities

  • Opportunities to work in the Predictive Analytics and Data Science Hub on real data analyses

  • UK covers fees that mandatory for all students. Some students may be responsible for additional fees (e.g., international fee, course lab fees). For specific details, please email



Recent Employment for MS and PhD Graduates

Our recent graduates have considered multiple job offers and chosen the best fit for them. COVID-19 has not impacted the job market for our graduate students. Some of their recent positions include:

Master of Science Degree

  • Statistician, NASA Langley Research Center
  • Data Scientist, Red Hat
  • Statistical Analyst, Medpace

Doctoral Degree - Academia

  • Assistant Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Assistant Professor, University of Hawaii-Hilo
  • Assistant Professor, California State University-Chico

Doctoral Degree - Industry

  • Senior Data Scientist, YouTube
  • Master Specialist, Deloitte Consulting
  • Senior Scientist in Clinical Safety Statistics, Merck Pharmaceuticals

Program Qualifications

If you have the following qualifications, we encourage you to apply to for masters program! All applicants admitted to our master of science and/or doctoral programs receive funding.

  • GRE is optional
  • A three-semester sequence in calculus
  • A course in linear algebra


Application Fee Waiver Request

There are a limited number of application fee waivers available for the MS/PhD programs in Statistics from the Dr. Bing Zhang Department of Statistics. Please fill out the following form for consideration for a waiver. Please note that we are unable to waive test scores (e.g., General GRE exam, language screening scores). Please click here to fill out the request form.


With recent growth in data analytics, data science, and statistics, it is often a challenge to figure out which program is the best for you. We offer both traditional in-person programs and online programs with a variety of focus areas. Please take a look at our website and reach out to us as you have questions!




Questions? Please contact:

Dr. Katherine Thompson, Director of Graduate Studies
301 Multidisciplinary Science Building
725 Rose Street
Lexington, KY 40536-0082