Home » Departments » Statistics


Statistics is the science that deals with methods for the quantification of the uncertainty inherent in the interpretation and analysis of data.

Statistics is a key foundational discipline for data science, and has applications in a wide variety of fields. You can learn more about Statistics by visiting the the American Statistical Association.

At the graduate level, the department offers both an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Statistical Science, as well as a Designated Emphasis in Statistics, which is available to all graduate students at UCSC. At the undergraduate level, the department offers a Minor in Statistics and a 4+1 contiguous pathway into its M.S. for students from any quantitative major who satisfy the course requirements. The minor complements any major in the Baskin School of Engineering, as well as many of the majors in the Social, Physical, and Biological Sciences.

Redesigning Global Health Surveys

man interviewing woman

Verbal autopsies, practiced around the world in many low- and middle-income countries can be emotionally burdensome for families and interviewers. An adaptive survey design model can change that.

Read More

Career Opportunities with a Statistics Degree

  • Statistician
  • Biostatistician
  • Data Scientist
  • Professor
  • Quantitative Analyst
  • Research Scientist
  • Actuary

Learn More

Ready to take the next step?