For Prospective Ph.D. Students

Statistics at UCLA has a long history, going back to the 1930’s including the formation of the Department of Biostatistics in Public Health and the Department of Biomathematics within the School of Medicine. In the College of Letters and Sciences, Statistics grew within the Department of Mathematics as the Probability and Statistics group and via the Social Statistics program within the Division of Social Sciences. Through the work of Jan de Leeuw, Don Ylvisaker, Tom Ferguson, Dick Berk, and others, the Department of Statistics was founded in 1998. Aided by the development of the electronic computer, the adoption of statistical methods has grown enormously. Statistical ideas are now the basis for advancing science and commerce through data.

Today the department combines the strengths of mathematical statistics and statistical theory with ideas from domain sciences to form a very modern statistics discipline. In it ideas from the computational sciences, machine learning and data sciences are expressed through our student programs and research.

The Program
The best place to get a sense of the program is on the Ph.D. Program page, which gives detailed description of the program. This is good to read before the visitation day. It describes sequentially the steps toward earning your doctorate. The focus of the first year is your core courses. Progressively you focus more on your research and doctoral dissertation, while still taking elective classes. A detailed description of the program is given in Ph.D. Program overview, that will be covered during the visitation day.

Faculty Research Interests
The tenure-track faculty are the research engine of the department. Work through this webpage to get a brief description of their research interests and introduction via videos. Please click on the video links and the websites to get to know the faculty and some of their interests. They are very broad both in terms of the application areas and the theoretical, modeling or computational statistical frameworks. Enjoy!

Research Centers
While research is driven by individual research interests the department also has centers combining one or more faculty. These fields of emphasis are: artificial intelligence (Trustworthy AI Lab); applied multivariate analysis; bioinformatics (Center for Statistical Research in Computational Biology); computational and computer-intensive statistics; computer vision; cognition; machine learning (Center for Vision, Cognition, Learning, and Autonomy); social statistics (Center for Social Statistics); experimental design and environmental statistics.

Campus and Living
To get a sense of the campus here at UCLA, take the Virtual Campus Tour. Note that the virtual tour focuses on undergraduate housing. For more information about graduate housing, please visit UCLA Housing and for a virtual tour of graduate housing please visit Graduate Housing.

Visitation Day

9:00am to noon, March 11, 2024 fully online.

9:00am – 9:30am: Overview of program (Guang and Qing)
9:40am – 10:40am: Get-to-know your faculty. Breakout rooms each headed by a faculty member so you can introduce yourself and get to know them. You choose which rooms you enter and can move to other rooms.
10:45am-11:30am: Panel of current doctoral students (no faculty)
11:30am: Q&A session with Qing Zhou, Chair of Statistics and Data Science
1:00pm– Meet with the Graduate Vice-Chair (signup, 1 on 1)

Recording of Overview of Doctoral Program (2023)

Recording of 2023 Question and Answer Session