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...
- Chestnut Hill, MAChestnut Hill, MA
A doctoral program specializing in two broad areas of research: Geometry/Topology and Number Theory/Representation Theory.
- L'Aquila, ItalyL'Aquila, Italy
Gran Sasso Science Institute
The PhD degree in mathematics will guide graduate students to deal with all modern aspects of Mathematics.
- Chicago, ILChicago, IL
Illinois Institute of Technology
The Department of Applied Mathematics puts mathematics to work solving problems in science, engineering and society. Applied mathematicians investigate a wide variety of topics, such as how to construct methods for multi-criteria decision making (requir...
- Providence, RIProvidence, RI
This program explores the connections between mathematics and its applications at both research and educational levels.
- Houston, TXHouston, TX
Computational and applied mathematics encompasses a broad spectrum of mathematical fields and computational methods, including: -Numerical Analysis -Operations Research -Optimization -Differential Equations -Scientific Computation Graduates wi...
- Houston, TX
- Canberra, AustraliaCanberra, Australia
Australian National University, The
The Graduate School of The Australian National University is a cosmopolitan academic community, attracting students from many countries and from all parts of Australia. Approximately 1200 graduate students are enrolled in research degrees (PhD or Master...
- Canberra, Australia
- Corvallis, ORCorvallis, OR
Oregon State University
After gaining a solid foundation in theory, MS students acquire considerable experience in applied statistics, both in their coursework and as statistical consultants for problems in a variety of areas, including agriculture,biology, forestry, and engin...
- Budapest, HungaryBudapest, Hungary
Budapest University of Technology and Economics
The Faculty of Natural Sciences administers its own programs in engineering physics, applied mathematics and nuclear techniques:*The Engineering Physics Program - a traditional continental curriculum leads to the M.Sc. degree in 10 semesters. The pr...
- Hamilton, ONHamilton, ON
- East Lansing, MIEast Lansing, MI
Michigan State University
The Department of Statistics and Probability has two M.S. programs combining theory and applications and a strong doctoral program in statistical theory and in probability theory.
- East Lansing, MI
- Manhattan, KSManhattan, KS
Kansas State University
The Department of Statistics offers studies leading to a master of science or a doctor of philosophy degree. A master's degree is recommended for a career in industry or government. The Ph.D. degree is usually required for post-secondary teaching and hi...
- Manhattan, KS
- Auburn, ALAuburn, AL
- Fukuoka, JapanFukuoka, Japan