UC Santa Barbara General CatalogUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

Statistics and Applied Probability

Department of Statistics and Applied Probability
Division of Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences
South Hall 5607A
Telephone: (805) 893-2129
Undergraduate E-mail: undergradadvisor@pstat.ucsb.edu
Graduate E-mail: gradinfo@pstat.ucsb.edu
Website: www.pstat.ucsb.edu
Department Chair: Tomoyuki Ichiba
Graduate Vice Chair: Andrew Carter
Undergraduate Vice Chair: Wendy Meiring

Graduate Program

The following programs are available: M.A. in Statistics—Mathematical Statistics Specialization, or Applied Statistics Specialization; Ph.D. in Statistics and Applied Probability; and the Ph.D. in Statistics and Applied Probability with an Emphasis in Financial Mathematics and Statistics. Also available are two optional interdisciplinary Ph.D. emphases (Bioengineering and Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences). Specializations are not listed on a student’s transcript or diploma; however, emphases are listed on the transcript.

In addition to departmental requirements, candidates for graduate degrees must meet the university degree requirements described in the Graduate Education section of this catalog.

The Statistical Laboratory

The Statistical Laboratory (Statlab) has been providing UCSB graduate students and faculty with statistical consulting advice since 1981. The Statlab endeavors to establish itself as a source point for statistical expertise on campus, organizing cross-disciplinary seminars on applied statistics and offering services related to statistical computing and data analysis. The Statlab offers graduate students practical experience in statistical consulting while providing the UCSB campus with professional statistical services. The Statlab may be reached by email at statlab@pstat.ucsb.edu.


In addition to departmental admission requirements, applicants must also meet the university requirements for admission described in the “Graduate Education” section of the General Catalog.

Admission is available for the MA, MA/Ph.D., and Ph.D. programs. A candidate for admission must fulfill the scholarship requirements for graduate study and have had undergraduate coursework equivalent to PSTAT 120A-B-C (Probability and Statistics), Math 108A (linear algebra) and a basic computer science course. Students may be admitted who do not satisfy all requirements, but they will be asked to take supplementary undergraduate courses which will not count toward the graduate degree unit course requirements described below.

The deadlines for MA applications are as follows:
MA Application to begin in Fall quarter: February 15
MA Application to begin in Winter quarter: November 1
MA Application to begin in Spring quarter: January 10

PhD application (for Fall quarter start only): December 15 (priority funding deadline). To be considered for campus-wide fellowship competitions, applications must be submitted by December 15. The department will consider PhD applications submitted by February 15th for Teaching Assistant positions. PhD Applications are not accepted for Winter/Spring quarter start-dates.

Master of Arts—Statistics—Mathematical Statistics Specialization Plan 1 (Requirements - PDF)

Master of Arts—Statistics—Mathematical Statistics Specialization Plan 2 (Requirements - PDF)

Master of Arts—Statistics—Applied Statistics Specialization (Requirements - PDF)

Master of Arts—Statistics—Data Science Specialization (Requirements - PDF)

Master of Science—Actuarial Sciences (Requirements - PDF)

Doctor of Philosophy—Statistics and Applied Probability (Requirements - PDF)

Doctor of Philosophy—Statistics and Applied Probability, Financial Mathematics and Statistics Emphasis (Requirements - PDF)

Optional Interdisciplinary Emphases

Students pursuing a doctoral degree in Statistics may petition to add the following Optional Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Emphases: Bioengineering, Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences.

Requirement sheets for each emphasis may be found on this page.