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Statistics, construed broadly, is the study of uncertainty: how to measure it (using ideas and methods in probability theory), and what to do about it (using concepts from statistical inference and decision theory).  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 website of 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 MS 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. 


Professor Claudia Wehrhahn

News Brief: Partnership between UCSC and UNAM improving COVID-19 detection

In April 2020, Alianza UCMX, a partnership between the University of California and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), put out a special call for “Binational Collaboration Addressing COVID-19.” They offered $10,000 per project (split evenly between universities), with the... Read More

UC Santa Cruz’s Baskin School of Engineering Waives its GRE Requirement

  All seventeen of UC Santa Cruz’s graduate engineering programs have chosen to temporarily waive the GRE test requirement for 2021 applicants. Ten programs have permanently dropped the test. As the COVID-19 crisis extends into the Fall, it is pushing many universities to change the ways... Read More

Alumna Julissa Martinez and her family

Alumni Stories: Julissa Martinez uses her statistics degree to give people a voice

Julissa Martinez graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2009 with a B.A. in mathematics and went on to complete a M.S. in applied mathematics and statistics at the Baskin School of Engineering in 2012. Today, she works as a Senior Research Analyst for YouGov, an international public opinion and data... Read More