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Department of Statistics

Founded in 1935, GW's Department of Statistics was the first statistics department in a College of Arts and Sciences in the United States. We play a leading role in statistical education, research and applications, and many outstanding statisticians have served as department chair, including Dr. Frank Weida, Dr. Solomon Kullback, Dr. Jerome Cornfield and Dr. Samuel Greenhouse. Graduates go on to hold high positions in the government, the private sector and academia. We continually produce high quality research in both theoretical and applied areas of statistics and probability.

The department offers BS, MS and PhD degrees in Statistics, along with MS and PhD degrees in Biostatistics in collaboration with the Milken Institute School of Public Health. We also teach a Graduate Certificate in Survey Design and Data Analysis to prepare professionals for careers in survey research. Each of these programs provides statistical training balanced in theory, applications and computation.

Our location in the heart of D.C. brings unique opportunities. Many major government agencies and private companies surround GW and employ a vast number of statisticians who generate remarkable projects. Many acclaimed statisticians within the federal and the private sector are connected to our department; several of whom teach courses at GW and bring valuable practical experience into the classroom. Our faculty also engages in collaborative research with government statisticians. The nearby Washington Statistical Society provides numerous additional activities for students to learn about the field and meet distinguished statisticians.

Interim Chair

Professor Diana L. Lipscomb is the Interim Chair of the Department of Statistics. She specializes in the systematics and evolution of unicellular eukaryotes, or protists. Learn more.