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Statistics/Machine Learning Joint Ph.D. Degree

This program differs from the standard Statistics Ph.D. program in its emphasis on machine learning and computer science. Students in this track will be involved in courses and research from both the Departments of Statistics and Machine Learning.

During the first year, students will normally be situated in and supported by the Department of Statistics. During later years, students will be located in the Department of their primary advisor.

Students will be granted the joint degree if they meet TWO sets of program requirements corresponding to the TWO departments, namely the ML PhD Requirements and the Statistics PhD Requirements, as we present next.

Statistics Joint Program Requirements

Students in this program are subject to all of the core Ph.D. requirements, except that the course Statistical Computing (36-750) is recommended, not required, and the Data Analysis Exam is also not required. (The Data Analysis Exam is required, however, in order to receive the M.S. in Statistics.)

Students in this program are required to complete the Advanced Data Analysis (ADA) project to the same standards as regular Statistics Ph.D. students. Namely, they are required to work on a substantive, real data project with a domain expert as outside advisor. A faculty member from the Department of Statistics must play an oversight role in the project, if not as the primary advisor. This project will satisfy the ML Data Analysis Project (DAP), speaking skills, and writing requirements, provided that an ML faculty member is an advisor.

Thesis research must be either co-supervised by a faculty in ML and a faculty in Statistics, or supervised by a faculty member who holds a joint appointment in Statistics and Machine Learning. The thesis committee must contain at least one member from the Department of Statistics and one from the Machine Learning Department.

The thesis proposal and defense must be announced to the MLD community.

For questions, please send email to: admissions@stat.cmu.edu

ML Joint Program Requirements

http://www.ml.cmu.edu/academics/joint-phd-statml.html

How to Apply

Students interested in this joint PhD degree should apply to the PhD program that best aligns with their research interests (PhD in Statistics or PhD in Machine Learning).

Machine Learning PhD online Application

Statistics PhD online Application