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Graduate Program

On behalf of the Department of Statistics & Probability (STT) at Michigan State University I welcome you as graduate director.

Statistics is the science of learning from data. With rapid breakthroughs in technology, data are generated at an unprecedented pace in every discipline. We are surely into an era of data explosion, which brings enormous opportunities for our profession, while presenting daunting challenges for statistical modeling and inference. STT is an energetic community of scholars. Our faculty are striving toward solving important theoretical and real-world problems of our time, while making our expertise available to serve the needs of our graduate students, and educate the next generation of statisticians.

Our graduate program aims to provide a strong, rigorous, and quality curriculum that prepares students to enter the professional workforce, either in industry, academia, or government and public service. The department has a long tradition of being theory-oriented, which guarantees a great deal of rigor in the training of our grad students. At the same time, we are making great efforts to broaden our scope. We now cover a variety of areas in modern statistics, in methodology, computation, and applications, while maintaining our high standards. We continue to be proud of the robust emphasis we pursue in probability theory and stochastic processes, as the only department in the country whose name reflects all of probability. Our students receive world-class level training in theory and methodology, and are highly sought after by leading industrial employers and high-ranking academic department throughout the US.

If you are considering a future career in the sciences of statistics and probability, or if you are a current student looking to fulfill requirements for your course study, I encourage you to look into our webpages which provides useful information about our M.S. and Ph.D. programs. If you have chosen or will choose our program, we hope it will equip you with powerful skills for a lifelong benefit to your career and intellectual growth. We think your study at MSU will leave you with the most cherishable memories in your life as a scholar.

Again, I am delighted to have the opportunity to welcome you to our program, and invite you to explore our campus, student activities, and research pursuits.

Yuehua Cui, Ph.D., Professor and Graduate Director

Contact Information

Director of Graduate Education
Department of Statistics
Michigan State University
C415 Wells Hall
East Lansing, MI 

Phone: (517) 353-3233
Fax: (517) 432-1405


May 20, 2021 STT Undergraduate Student Andrew McDonald Awarded Goldwater Scholarship

Mr. Andrew McDonald, an Honors College junior majoring in Computer Science in the College of Engineering; and Statistics, and Advanced Mathematics in the College of Natural Science, has been named a recipient of the nationally competitive Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.

May 10, 2021 Yijun Zuo elected Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics

Professor Yijun Zuo has been elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS). Fellows of the IMS are selected based on “demonstrated distinction in research in statistics or probability,” and the fellowship process is highly competitive.

March 16, 2021 Dr. Dennis Ikpe attends the MSRI African Diaspora Joint Mathematics Workshop

STT faculty member Dr. Dennis Ikpe attended the African Diaspora Joint Mathematics Workshop (ADJOINT) virtually during June 15-26, 2020. The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) hosts ADJOINT each summer. ADJOINT is designed for researchers with a Ph.D. in the mathematical sciences who are interested in conducting research in a collegial environment.

March 16, 2021 STT Ph.D. candidates Jantre and Samaddar selected for National Science Foundation graduate internships

STT Ph.D. candidates Sanket Jantre and Anirban Samaddar were selected for competitive internship positions with the National Science Foundation (NSF) Mathematical Sciences Graduate Internship (MSGI) program for summer 2021.

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