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, data science, and actuarial science are being touted as top-rated, with CareerCast.com listing each of these in their top ten jobs for 2018 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 undergraduate majors is now greater than 600—doubling since 2013 and quadrupling since 2008.  Further, our majors are graduating in a timely fashion and finding good jobs.  In the April 2018 College Commencement, the Department of Statistics awarded 128 Bachelor’s degrees, accounting for more than a quarter of the College’s undergraduate degrees.  Our undergraduates leave BYU with degrees in Actuarial Science or Statistics, with the latter major having four possible emphases: Applied Statistics and Analytics, Statistical Science, Biostatistics, and—beginning in Fall 2018—a new emphasis in Data Science.  Many of our graduates have enhanced their education by working for the department as teaching or research assistants during their career at BYU.  We are proud to be recently awarded the status of Center for Actuarial Excellence (CAE) by the Society of Actuaries.  CAE is a distinction granted to only 17 universities in the United States, with BYU being the only CAE in the western half of the country.

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 addition to our traditional two-year MS program, we are pleased to offer an integrated BS/MS degree program which allows prepared students to obtain these degrees in five years.  There are currently 24 students working towards an MS degree at BYU. 

Our 18-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 7 adjunct faculty.

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