About the Program
The Statistics (STAT) program educates students to analyze and model complex real-world problems arising in modern Statistical Data Science. Two degrees are offered: the M.S. degree (under either a Thesis or a Non-Thesis option) and the Ph.D. degree. Admission to one degree does not guarantee transfer to another. All students in the M.S. and Ph.D. programs are guided by a Faculty Advisor to develop their program of study.
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Degree is designed to prepare students for research careers in academia and industry. It is offered exclusively as a full-time program.
There is a minimum residency requirement at KAUST of three and a half years for students entering with a B.S. Degree and two and a half years for students entering with an M.S. Degree. A minimum GPA of 3.0 must be achieved on all doctoral coursework. Individual courses require a minimum of a ‘B-‘ to earn course credit.
The Ph.D. Degree includes the following steps:
- Securing a Dissertation Advisor.
- Successful completion of Program Coursework.
- Passing the Qualifying Examination.
- Passing the Dissertation Proposal Defense to obtain candidacy status.
- Preparing, submitting and successfully defending a Doctoral Dissertation
Ph.D. Course Requirements
The required coursework varies for students entering the Ph.D. Degree with a B.S. Degree or a relevant M.S. Degree. Students holding a B.S. Degree must complete all Program Core/Mandatory Courses and Elective Courses outlined in the M.S. Degree section and are also required to complete the Ph.D. courses below.
Students entering with a B.S. Degree may also qualify to earn the M.S. Degree by satisfying the M.S. Degree requirements; however, it is the student’s responsibility to declare their intentions to graduate with an M.S. Students entering the Ph.D. Degree with a relevant M.S. Degree must complete the requirements below, though additional courses may be required by the Dissertation Advisor.
- At least four 300-level courses of which at least two must be from the STAT 300 level course list.
- Graduate Seminar 398 (non-credit): All students are required to register and receive a Satisfactory grade for every semester the program requires they attend.
- Winter Enrichment Program: Students are required to satisfactorily complete at least one full Winter Enrichment Program (WEP) as part of the degree requirements. Students who completed WEP requirements while earning the M.S. Degree are not required to enroll in a full WEP for a second time in the Ph.D. Degree.
Students entering the program with an M.S. Degree from KAUST may transfer unused coursework toward the Ph.D. program requirements subject to program level approval. Students transferring from another university’s Ph.D. program may receive some Dissertation Research and Coursework credit on a case-by-case basis for related work performed at the original Institution upon approval by the Dean. However, such students must still satisfy the Qualifying Exam and Dissertation Proposal Defense requirements at KAUST.
For more information, access the Program Guide.