Welcome to the Department of Statistics at Brigham Young University!

The goal of the Department of Statistics is to help students develop their intellect and faith. To accomplish this, we offer a premier undergraduate educational experience. We also prepare our master’s students for successful and productive careers. As faculty, staff, and students in the Department of Statistics, we are fortunate to work in an era where demand for expertise in statistics and data science is at unprecedented levels. Careers in statistics and actuarial science are being touted as top-rated, with CareerCast.com listing statistician and data scientist as its top two jobs for 2017 in terms of growth potential, salary, and work environment. Forbes recently listed biostatistics and statistics as its top recommended master's degrees.

As a response to the flourishing demand for statistics expertise, our number of majors is growing leaps and bounds, increasing by 50% between 2007 and 2012 and then more than doubling since 2012.  Further, our majors are graduating in a timely fashion and finding good jobs.  In the April 2017 College Commencement, the Department of Statistics awarded 98 Bachelor’s degrees, accounting for 25% of the College’s undergraduate degrees.  Our undergraduates leave BYU with degrees in Actuarial Science or Statistics, with the latter major having three possible emphases: Applied Statistics and Analytics, Statistical Science, or Biostatistics.  Many of our graduates have enhanced their education by working for the department as teaching or research assistants during their career at BYU.  

The strength of our Master of Science program in Statistics is evidenced by the 100% post-graduation placement for master’s students, with graduates enjoying coveted positions of employment or enrollment in top-rated PhD programs.  In April 2017, the Department of Statistics awarded a little more than one third of the College’s graduate degrees with 15 M.S. diplomas awarded.  

Our 19-member faculty currently includes 3 Fellows of the American Statistical Association, 3 credentialed actuaries, and 5 paper-of-the-year honorees from prestigious journals including Journal of American Statistical Association, Technometrics, Journal of Quality Technology, and Environmetrics.  The research interests of our faculty span a wide range, with emphases in environmental and spatial statistics, reliability and industrial statistics, biostatistics, actuarial science, business analytics, sports analytics, and statistics education.  Faculty research has been sponsored by several funding agencies including the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Association, and the Department of Defense. Our students and faculty also benefit from the broad expertise and experience of 5 adjunct faculty and 1 visiting professor. The department currently has 16 master students, 7 integrated students (students working on their BS and MS at the same time), and a little more than 500 undergraduate students enrolled.

Thank you for your interest in our program. Please feel free to drop by and visit our department in person!

William F. Christensen, Ph.D.

Department Chair