About Us

Dongchu SunGreetings From The Statistics Department Chair

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Department of Statistics at the University of Missouri.

The department has a tradition of excellence in both teaching and research.Our mission is to advance the frontiers of statistical science in theory, methods,and applications. There are currently many world-class researchers and teachers amongst our faculty complement. We have seen a rich and diverse explosion of research activity. Our faculty and staff seek to create and disseminate the leading edge of knowledge in the statistical sciences and to prepare students to be leaders in the field.

The Department offers the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, and Ph.D. in Statistics. Our ever-growing undergraduate and graduate program now comprises over 50 and 135 students, respectively!

Please feel free to contact me or any of my colleagues for further information on our department! If you have trouble or need further assistance with our website, please don't hesitate to contact the department at (573) 882-6376 or dooleyj@missouri.edu or VanNiceA@missouri.edu.

Dongchu Sun
Chair and Professor of Statistics

What is Statistics?

Statistics is a modern science concerned with making decisions and inferences from empirical data subject to random variability and error. It deals with designing experiments, sample surveys, summarizing numerical information, building and analyzing statistical models, prediction and choosing between alternate actions. Statistics can tell us how much safer it is to fly than drive, the odds of winning the lottery, our life expectancy and who is likely to win the next election.

Good News: Statistics also tells us there is a growing demand for statisticians
Because of its importance as a scientific method, the demand for trained statisticians has grown in education, medicine, government, business and industry as well as in the biological, social and physical sciences. The Department of Statistics at MU is committed to train undergraduate and graduate students to meet this demand and develop careers in teaching and research.

Our Strengths
The Faculties of MU's Department of Statistics are recognized internationally for their contribution to statistical theory and application. Few small departments have as many distinguished faculty members as MU's statistics department. Of the 16 tenured or tenure track faculty members, two are Fellows of the American Statistical Association, three are Fellows of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and elected members of the International Statistical Society, one is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, one is a Fellow of the Washington Academy of Science and one is a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science. These accomplishments put them at the frontier of modern statistics, which is being shaped by collaborative research of teams of scientists using computer-intensive statistical methodology.

Personal Attention
The collaborative nature of research and teaching in the department constantly brings students and faculty members together in class and in the computer lab. They know each other by first names, and they see each other so regularly that questions rarely wait long for answers.

Is a career in statistics right for you? Speak with one of our admissions advisors and find out.