Wharton’s PhD program in Statistics provides the foundational education that allows students to engage both cutting-edge theory and applied problems. These include theoretical research in mathematical statistics as well as interdisciplinary research in the social sciences, biology and computer science.
Wharton’s PhD program in Statistics provides the foundational education that allows students to engage both cutting-edge theory and applied problems. These include problems from a wide variety of fields within Wharton, such as finance, marketing, and public policy, as well as fields across the rest of the University such as biostatistics within the Medical School and computer science within the Engineering School.
Major areas of departmental research include:
- analysis of observational studies;
- Bayesian inference, bioinformatics;
- decision theory;
- game theory;
- high dimensional inference;
- information theory;
- machine learning;
- model selection;
- nonparametric function estimation; and
- time series analysis.
Students typically have a strong undergraduate background in mathematics. Knowledge of linear algebra and advanced calculus is required, and experience with real analysis is helpful. Although some exposure to undergraduate probability and statistics is expected, skills in mathematics and computer science are more important. Graduates of the department typically take positions in academia, government, financial services, and bio-pharmaceutical industries.
For information on courses and sample plan of study, please visit the University Graduate Catalog.
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