The Department of Statistics at GW was founded in 1935 and was the first statistics department in a College of Arts and Sciences in the U.S. The department has played 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 of the department go on to hold high positions in the government, the private sector, and academia. The department continues to 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 School of Public Health and Health Services. Additionally, the department offers a Graduate Certificate in Survey Design and Data Analysis to prepare professionals for careers in survey research. Each of these degree programs provides statistical training balanced in theory, applications, and computation.
The Department of Statistics is located in the heart of the nation’s capital and offers unique cultural, educational, and professional opportunities. Many major government agencies and private companies surround GW and employ a vast number of statisticians who generate remarkable statistical activities and opportunities. The department is well-connected to many highly experienced statisticians within the government and the private sector; several of whom teach courses at GW and bring valuable practical experience into the classroom. Our faculty members are also engaged in collaborative research with government statisticians. In addition, the nearby Washington Statistical Society offers numerous activities which provide excellent opportunities to learn about the field and meet distinguished statisticians.