United States Ph.D. in Mathematics and Statistics Programs
PhD in Mathematics and Statistics programs award graduate students the highest level of scholarship in their field. In addition they typically indicate they have made original research contributions. For students aspiring to an academic position or research-oriented role as an analyst, the Ph.D. is considered the academic requirement[i]. If you aspire to potential upward mobility in a current job, a math or statistics Ph.D. warrants consideration.
PhD in Mathematics and Statistics: Program Basics
At the doctorate level, many Ph.D. in Mathematics and Statistics programs focus either on the pure or applied forms of their disciplines (e.g. applied statistics, pure statistics, applied mathematics, pure mathematics). Mathematics is a critical component of natural science, engineering, medicine, finance and social sciences[ii].
Prospective doctoral students may be required to have a bachelor’s degree, letters of recommendation, qualifying GRE scores, and any prerequisite math, statistics or computer science courses. Also, coursework in biology, chemistry or the health sciences may be useful if you plan on entering the pharmaceutical industry. [iii]The culmination of a doctorate degree is a student-submitted dissertation.
Types of Statistics and Math Ph.D. Programs
Ph.D. Math and Statistics Degrees are offered in different subjects, depending on your professional or academic interests. If you refer to the GradSchools.com directory these are simplified into:
- Actuarial Science & Financial Engineering
- Statistics & Data Analytics
Actuarial Science & Financial Engineering Ph.D. Programs
Actuarial science became a formal mathematical discipline in the late 17th century[vi].
Ph.D. in Actuarial Science Programs might focus on the
application of mathematics and statistics to assess risk in insurance, finance and other industries. Financial Engineering is multidisciplinary in that it draws from applied mathematics (financial mathematics), computer science, statistics, and economic theory.[vii]
Mathematics Ph.D. Programs
PhD in Mathematics Programs may focus on either pure mathematics or applied mathematics or may have components of both. Pure mathematics focuses on arithmetic, algebra, geometry and analysis.[viii] Applied mathematics is a branch of mathematics and deals with mathematical methods that are utilized in science, engineering, business, computer science, and industry. Applied mathematics refers in these cases to professional specialty.[ix]
Statistics & Data Analytics Ph.D. Programs
PhD in Statistics & Data Analytics programs may focus on mathematical variances of collecting, analyzing, interpreting, presenting and organizing data; mathematical statistics is the application of mathematics to statistics (e.g. probability)[x].
PhD in Mathematics and Statistics Program Options: Online or On Campus
Deciding on a doctorate program involves different aspects; the program itself and the learning delivery that aligns with your lifestyle. One is not necessarily better than the other; choosing between an online or on-campus program is likely part personal, and part availability of options.
Certainly, if you prefer in-person learning or live really close to your graduate school, an onsite program may be preferred. You can initiate a search on GradSchools.com to find graduate programs by city, state or country. On the other hand, if you are a busy working professional or live geographically too far from graduate school, you may decide an online math or statistics Ph.D. is the best option.
Some of the sponsored listings you can explore may include: Ph.D. in Pharmacology, Doctor of Computer Science – Big Data Analytics (Executive Format), Ph.D. in Statistics, Ph.D. in Mathematics. When you find a program that interests you, use the easy navigation to request more info or visit the school’s website.
There are two types of accreditation: program and institution. Program accrediting agencies vary depending on subject; ABET is the accrediting agency for programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology and are recognized as an accreditor by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.[xii] The CHEA has a database listing accredited programs and institutions.[xiii]
Take the Next Step
Whether you are seeking a new career such as teaching math at the university level, or interested in potentially taking on a more advanced or senior position in your current job setting, a PhD in Mathematics and Statistics program may be what takes you to that next step. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an extremely positive employment outlook for mathematical science and statistician occupations from 2014 to 2024[xiv], so now might be a really favorable time to consider a doctoral degree.
sources:[i] bls.gov/ooh/math/statisticians.htm |[ii] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mathematics |[iii] bls.gov/ooh/math/statisticians.htm |[iv] onetonline.org/link/summary/15-2041.00 |[v] onetonline.org/link/summary/15-2021.00 |[vi] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Actuarial_science |[vii] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Financial_engineering |[viii] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mathematics |[ix] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Applied_mathematics[x] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statistics |[xi] onetonline.org/link/summary/15-2021.0[xii] abet.org/accreditation/ |[xiii] chea.org/public_info/index.asp |[xiv] bls.gov/ooh/math/statisticians.htm
Colorado Technical University
In today's data-driven industries, companies that develop the capacity to turn large volumes of data into useful knowledge can develop a competitive advantage. This is creating a new area of expertise and specialization for data scientists with t...
- Pocatello, IDPocatello, ID
Idaho State University
ISU's graduate program in mathematics is supported by a strong and energetic faculty with a commitment to teaching, research, and professional service. Faculty research interests represent a wide range of mathematics and statistics; they include such ar...
- Lincoln, NELincoln, NE
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
The MS program in Survey Research and Methodology is a two-year, non-thesis program designed to train students to fill the expanding need for professionals in survey research and data analysis. Graduates can expect to find challenging, creative, and wel...
- Lincoln, NE
- Ithaca, NYIthaca, NY
The physics program is designed to give students an adequate background in the concepts and techniques of theoretical and experimental physics in preparation for careers at the most advanced levels of research or teaching.For an application, visit the G...
- Ithaca, NY
- Ithaca, NY
- Pittsburgh, PAPittsburgh, PA
Carnegie Mellon University
In addition, the department participates in interdisciplinary programs leading to these degrees: Doctor of Philosophy in Algorithms, Combinatorics and Optimization Doctor of Philosophy in Pure and Applied Logic Master of Science in Computati...
- Pittsburgh, PAPittsburgh, PA
University of Pittsburgh
This is a research oriented department in the Mathematical Sciences in the broad sense. Based on a strong foundation in core areas of mathematics, we have strong research groups in computational mathematics, mathematical biology, financial mathematics,...
- Pittsburgh, PA
- Los Angeles, CALos Angeles, CA
University of Southern California
The master's programs are completed in three to four semesters. The M.A. degrees (Mathematics, Applied Mathematics) require either a comprehensive examination or a master's thesis. The M.S. degrees (Applied Mathematics,Statistics) require a master's the...
- Atlanta, GAAtlanta, GA
The Department offers M.A., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mathematics and in Computer Science. Ph.D. students in Mathematics may specialize in many areas including algebra, applied mathematics, computational mathematics, combinatorics, complex analysis, def...
- Pullman, WAPullman, WA
Washington State University
- Durham, NCDurham, NC
The Institute's program offers an unusual opportunity for students to gain a thorough preparation in both Bayesian and classical statistics, featuring research opportunities in Bayesian statistics, statistical computing and the interface between statist...
- Durham, NHDurham, NH
University of New Hampshire
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers programs leading to a master of science for teachers in mathematics, master of science in mathematics, master of science in mathematics with an option in applied mathematics, master of science in ma...
- Melbourne, FLMelbourne, FL
Florida Institute of Technology
The master’s degree program in mathematics is designed to produce mathematicians with competence in analysis who have breadth and versatility in mathematics and its applications in related fields. To this end, students entering the master’s program in m...
- Boca Raton, FLBoca Raton, FL
Florida Atlantic University
- Normal, ILNormal, IL
Illinois State University
The primary mission of this program is to prepare individuals for careers as college or university professors in schools of education or in department...
- Mississippi State, MSMississippi State, MS
Mississippi State University
- Chestnut Hill, MAChestnut Hill, MA
A doctoral program specializing in two broad areas of research: Geometry/Topology and Number Theory/Representation Theory.
- Auburn, ALAuburn, AL
- Las Cruces, NMLas Cruces, NM
New Mexico State University
The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers graduate instruction leading to the Master of Science, Professional Master’s in Financial Mathematics, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Areas of study include, but are not limited to, pure mathema...
- Albany, NYAlbany, NY
University At Albany (S.U.N.Y.)
Concentrations in; Complex AnalysisReal AnalysisApplied StatisticsMathematical StatisticsTopologyAlgebra...
- Morgantown, WVMorgantown, WV
West Virginia University
M.S. program requires about 30 hours of course work. Ph.D. program requires 24 credit hours of course work beyond the M.S. level. Financial support is available primarily in the form of teaching assistantships, with stipends approxmiately $8500-$10,500...