Statistics Ph.D.

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Statistics Ph.D.

The Ph.D. in statistics is a flexible program of coursework and research that meshes the faculty's expertise with the students' interests. Current faculty expertise are in Design of Experiments, Nonparametric Function Estimation, Model Selection, Time Series Analysis, Spatial Statistics, Bayesian Statistics, Data Mining and Large Data. Doctoral dissertations range from theoretical to applied. Interdisciplinary research is encouraged.  Ph.D. students frequently work as research assistants in interdisciplinary studies, and also engage in statistical consulting.

Admission Requirement

Applicants must have completed significant undergraduate coursework in mathematics and Statistics, including basic Statistics (for example, design of experiments), the standard Calculus sequence, and Linear Algebra.


Please visit the Graduate School website  for detailed instructions about applying to the doctoral program.


Curriculum & Requirements

Students are advanced to candidacy after meeting the following requirements:

Required Courses
MATH 836Advanced Statistical Methods for Research3
MATH 839Applied Regression Analysis3
MATH 840Design of Experiments I3
MATH 855Probability with Applications3
MATH 856Principles of Statistical Inference3
Advanced Coursework in Statistics
MATH 941Bayesian and Computational Statistics3
MATH 945Advanced Theory of Statistics I3
MATH 946Advanced Theory of Statistics II3
Select three of the following:9
Statistical Methods for Quality Improvement and Design
Survival Analysis
Time Series Analysis
Design of Experiments II
Spatial Statistics
Topics in Probability and Statistics I 1
Research Topics in Statistics 1
Minor Coursework
Select one of the following analysis courses:3
One-Dimensional Real Analysis
Analysis I
Select two courses in a focused minor area 26
Total Credits42

Successful completion of written qualifying examinations in theory of statistics and in applied statistics.

Successful completion of a comprehensive exam in advanced theory of statistics and an elective comprehensive exam.

Participation in the one-credit statistics seminar during at least three semesters.

Successful completion of a dissertation proposal defense in the major field of statistics.


Doctor of Philosophy in Statistics: A dissertation that includes original research in statistics.


Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: Feb. 15 (for funding); April 1 (recommended US; final international); July 1 (final)
  • Spring: Dec. 1
  • Summer: N/A
  • Special: N/A

Application fee: $65

Campus: Durham

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters Eligible: No

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.


If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Letters of recommendation: 3 required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions

Prepare a brief but careful statement regarding:

  1. Reasons you wish to do graduate work in this field, including your immediate and long-range objectives,
  2. Your specific research or professional interest and experiences in this field.

Important Notes

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.

International Applicants

Prospective international students are strongly encouraged to complete our international pre-application process and are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. Please note that English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.

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