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The Department of Statistics and Data Sciences is a thriving academic home for undergraduates learning critical data analysis skills, graduate students advancing science through applications of modern statistical methods to their own data sets, no matter how big or complex, and a growing core of statistics faculty who are advancing our ability to turn the information explosion of the 21st century into discovery, knowledge and progress.

Transforming data into knowledge. The mission of SDS is to be a world-class center for statistical science that advances scholarship across the university and prepares UT graduates to flourish in an information-rich world.

Our faculty are world-renowned for contributions to statistical theory, methodology, and application with ongoing research collaborations from the UK to Sweden to Korea to Chile. Award winning instruction serves 5,800+ students per year with over 60 new courses developed since 2007.

Over 90 associated faculty members from 12 of UT Austin's 18 colleges and schools - engaging in important research to make inferences and decisions from data, and reaching significant milestones on our path toward becoming a world-renowned research department in modern statistical sciences.

SDS is the college’s newest academic unit - serving 16 tenure/tenure track faculty members, 12 instructional faculty members, three lecturers, and two adjunct faculty. The department houses 42 PhD students, and offers 800+ hours of free consulting services and statistical software short courses to university faculty, staff and students each year.

The PhD in Statistics program is a four-year degree that focuses on training future researchers on the theory and methods of statistics. Major emphases are placed on probability models and modern computational statistical tools. Throughout the program, students are exposed to central ideas of both Bayesian and classical approaches to inference. The degree consists of 52+ hours of coursework: 22 hours of required courses, 18 hours of research/electives, 12+ hours of dissertation.

SDS has enrolled 43 PhD students since 2013, and runs a departmental postdoc program.

The Department is proud to host visiting scholars from around the world year-round. We know we are stronger as an institution when a diverse community of rigorous thinkers and doers come to our campus together, bound by a shared passion for science and curiosity about the world.