University of California, Irvine

Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences

Statistics - PhD, MS


UC Irvine Graduate Division

University of California

Irvine, CA 92697

United States


(949) 824-5544


(949) 824-7993

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

PhD students are required to demonstrate substantive knowledge of an application area outside of statistics. Such knowledge can be demonstrated by course work in the application area (three quarter courses), co-authorship of publishable research in the application area, or other evidence of supervised collaborative work that is substantiated by an expert in the field. Please see ICS website for additional detail. PhD students are required to serve as teaching assistants for at least two quarters. The normative time for advancement to candidacy is three years. The normative time for completion of the PhD is five years, and the maximum time permitted is seven years., Master of Science in Statistics Course Requirements include: Intermediate Probability and Statistics (Stats 200A-B-C), Statistical Methodology (Stats 210, 211, 212), six other graduate courses in or related to statistics, at least three of which are offered by the Department of Statistics. See website for additional detail.

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Statistics is the science concerned with developing and studying methods for collecting, analyzing, interpreting and presenting empirical data.Statistical principles and methods are important for addressing questions in public policy, medicine, industry and virtually every branch of science. Interest in statistical methods has increased dramatically with the abundance of large databases in fields like computer science (internet and web traffic), business and marketing (transaction records), and biology (the human genome and related data). It is the substantial questions in the various areas of application that drive the development of new statistical methods and motivate the mathematical study of the methods' properties. UCI's Department of Statistics was created in 2002 with an emphasis on research in statistical theory and interdisciplinary collaborations and is actively recruiting additional members.The Department also intends to capitalize on existing statistical expertise in other Bren School departments as well as other schools at UCI. As an independent school focused solely on the computer and information sciences, the Bren School has a unique perspective on the information technology disciplines that allows us a broad foundation from which to build educational programs and research initiatives that explore the many applications of the computing discipline; from circuits and systems to software engineering and human aspects of computing. California Residents pay only the "in-state tuition" of $13,146 per year*; however various forms of financial support and aid are frequently available to pay all or some of a student's tuition and living expenses. Check with the graduate affairs advisor in this department for more information. You will want to review UC Irvine's Office of Financial Aid website, too. Non-California, U.S. Residents pay the "out-of-state tuition" rate of $28,518* for only their first year, assuming the student is proactive in satisfying the requirements to formally establish their residency in California. Non-US, international doctoral students pay the "out-of-state tuition" rate of $28,518* for their first few years. Once they have Advanced to Candidacy for the PhD, then there is a 75% reduction in tuition resulting in a total tuition of $13,823* for the following three years. ( * Note: All amounts are the annual amount for the 2010-11 academic year and are calculated as an aggregate of UC Irvine's Fall, Winter & Spring quarters. Rates are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California. Amounts include ~ $800/yr in Health Insurance which a student can be waived by petition providing documented proof of personal medical insurance via an outside provider.)


UC Irvine is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and all graduate programs receive rigorous external reviews mandated by the University of California every five years.

International Student Requirements:

1. International Students and students who do not speak English as their native language must submit scores for TOEFL iBT with an overall minimum score of 80. As an option, you may submit scores from the IELTS exam (overall score = 7 .AND. with a score = 6 on each individual IELTS module). 2. Applicants who qualify to serve as Teaching Assistants (TA) may be more competitive for admission. To be eligible to serve as a TA, a TOEFLibt score = 26 on the Speaking component, OR, an IELTS score = 8 on their Speaking module, OR, a score = 50 on the TSE (Test of Spoken English). Official Test Scores must be transmitted to UC Irvine. TOEFL/TOEFLibt scores will be transmitted to UC Irvine when you specify the following on your exam: Institutional Code = 4859, Departmental Code = 47 ** TOEFL/TOEFLibt or IELTS test scores must be = two years old as of the first day of classes. Older scores are NOT acceptable.

Facts & Figures

In State Tuition (per year): 14944 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 30046 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: Tuition assistance is available through student loans

Locale: Midsize City

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