The Program in Statistics is responsible for teaching undergraduate statistics courses required for majors and minors in statistics, and for all other bachelor degree programs. The Department of Biostatistics, located in the School of Medicine and Dentistry, is responsible for masters and doctoral programs. Both have active faculty and student research programs in statistical theory and methodology.

The program is responsible for teaching statistics courses required for majors and minors in statistics, and for all other bachelor degree programs.

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Some advanced courses are taught together for both graduate and undergraduate students.


A degree in statistics can be useful for pursuing careers and advanced studies in many fields. As data becomes ever-more important in influencing decisions in healthcare, politics, and business, having a formal background in statistics can be quite beneficial. Statistics majors from the University of Rochester have been successfully employed in government positions (Census Bureau, Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy, Department of Labor), insurance companies, and pharmaceutical companies, among other industries. With an undergraduate degree in statistics, many options are available for pursuing graduate studies in statistics, economics, mathematics, political science, psychology, and other fields. Law schools, medical schools, and other professional schools also look favorably on statistics majors.

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The University of Rochester’s Career Center can help you with your resume, cover letter, applications, etc.

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of statisticians is projected to grow 34 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is expected to result from more widespread use of statistical analysis to make informed business, healthcare, and policy decisions.

Contact Information

Director of the Program in Statistics
Joseph Ciminelli
Assistant Professor of Statistics
708 Hylan Hall
Phone: (585) 276-3973
Email: joseph.ciminelli@rochester.edu