Program in Statistics


The Program in Statistics is responsible for teaching statistics courses required for majors and minors in statistics, and for all other bachelor degree programs. Some of the advanced courses are taught together for both graduate and undergraduate students.

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Program History

The Department of Statistics was organized in 1968, with its first BA degree awarded in 1969. Graduate students were admitted in 1969, with the first PhD awarded in 1974. An affiliated Division of Biostatistics was organized in the School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1972. A cooperative program continues to exist; the Program in Statistics is primarily responsible for undergraduate education and the Department of Biostatistics is primarily responsible for collaborative research and graduate education, including education within the Medical Center of the University.


Statistics majors from the University of Rochester have been successfully employed at the US Bureau of the Census, US Departments of Agriculture, Energy and Labor, Eastman Kodak Company and other industries, and pharmaceutical and insurance companies. Upon receiving a bachelor's degree with the statistics major, some of the students pursue graduate programs in statistics, economics, mathematics, political science, psychology and other areas. Some of the statistics majors also have also joined the MD or MBA programs.

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of statisticians is projected to grow 27 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is expected to result from more widespread use of statistical analysis to make informed business, healthcare, and policy decisions.

The median salary for a master's level statistician was over $75,000 in May 2012.

Contact Information

University of Rochester
Program in Statistics
703 Hylan Hall
Rochester, NY 14627
Phone: (585) 275-9422

Director of the Program in Statistics
S.R.S. Rao Poduri
Professor of Statistics
703 Hylan Hall
Phone: (585) 275-4178