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The primary goals of this Portfolio program are to:
  1. Offer a cohesive course of study for graduate students seeking to enhance the statistical modeling component of their research and to prepare for successful careers upon graduation.
  2. Provide a forum for graduate students from across UT to work together and exchange ideas regarding the application of statistical modeling methods to a broad range of areas.
  3. Leverage the existing expertise of faculty members in departments across UT whose research focuses on statistics at foundational and applied levels.

Students must complete 12 semester hours of courses as follows in Course Requirements. All coursework used toward the portfolio program must be taken for a letter grade (B or better with 3.5 GPA for combined portfolio coursework).

How to Apply

CLICK HERE to access the online application form.

Once you submit the above online form, you must email the following documents to stat.portfolios@austin.utexas.edu in order to finish your application:

  1. A signed statement (1-2 sentences) from your thesis or graduate program advisor stating their approval of you entering the portfolio program.
  2. Your own written statement (1 paragraph) about how this portfolio would contribute to your overall academic goals.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but please wait to apply until after completing the prequisite (see details below).  To be admitted into the program, a student must be in good standing in an approved graduate degree program. If applying before completing the first semester as a graduate student, the student must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0. If applying after completion of at least one full semester as a graduate student, the student must have a minimum cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0.

Course Requirements


A grade of an 'A' in SDS 380C Statistical Methods I

*Students who have taken one or more courses equivalent to the prerequisite course, and students who took SDS 380C but did not get an 'A', may take the Prerequisite Exam administered by the Portfolio Committee.


SDS 380D Statistical Methods II


Choose two electives: Click here for a current list of approved electives.

To ensure courses taken for the portfolio are interdisciplinary in nature, at least one of the two elective courses chosen must meet one of the following criteria:

1. The elective is a SDS course (if cross-listed, it must be with a department other than the student's home department), or
2. The elective is an approved elective course from outside the student’s home department, or
3. The elective is in the student's department but outside the student's area (e.g., Counseling Psychology and Quantitative Methods are two separate areas, both within the Educational Psychology Department).


Under the supervision of portfolio faculty supervisor, the student must successfully complete a research project as part of a 3-credit independent study course that is focused on applying advanced statistical modeling techniques to the student's research area of interest.

The independent study should be conducted after all other coursework is complete or concurrently with the last program course.  Enrollment in SDS 389R (or an SDS equivalent) is non-negotiable.

Any qualified UT faculty member can be the supervisor. All students must present their final projects at the Portfolio Program's end-of-semester colloquium.

For more information and to register for the SDS research course, download the Research Registration Form.

The deadline to submit the Research Registration Form is one week prior to the first class day of the semester you will be working on the project.  Once approved, we will register you in SDS 389R under your faculty supervisor.

Students completing their research project should use the official Cover Page Template.


Q: What are the requirements?

A: You will complete 12 semester hours, including a research project, as specified in the coursework guidelines. You must earn a letter grade of B or better in all courses required for certification and maintain an overall GPA of 3.5 or better in courses counting towards the Portfolio.

Q: How do I sign up?

A: Fill out the online application and email the related documents (see instructions above). Students are encouraged to apply early in their course of graduate study. The SDS department can help each student choose an appropriate course sequence.

Q: Can Portfolio courses also fulfill my graduate degree requirements?

A: Depending upon the student's degree program, courses taken towards the portfolio may or may not count towards their degree.

Q: Will the portfolio appear on my transcript?

A: Yes. Your official UT transcript will state that you completed the Graduate Portfolio Program in Applied Statistical Modeling.

Prerequisite Exam

The 1.5 hour long exam will be held multiple times per year (January, April, August and October; in advance of major registraton periods). The next exam is Tuesday, January 11th from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., online. Exams will continue to be held online through March 2022. Information will be sent to registered email addresses 24 hours in advance.

To sign up for the exam, please contact Abby Black at black@austin.utexas.edu.

The following topics will be covered: descriptive statistics (e.g., mean, median, standard deviation), z-scores, point and interval estimation, sampling distributions, power and errors in hypothesis testing, p-values, t-tests, ANOVA, chi-square test of independence, correlation, and bivariate linear regression.

Optional study text: OpenIntro Statistics 3rd Edition (Diez, Barr, and Cetinkaya-Rundel 2015): 


Contact and Office Hours

For additional information, please email Dr. Bindu Viswanathan at stat.portfolios@austin.utexas.edu.