Dual Master’s Degree in Statistics

The Dual AM Degree in Statistics is offered only to students enrolled in a Ph.D. program at Penn. Students pursuing more than one research master’s degree en route to their Ph.D. should note: While some courses can count towards both a PhD and research master’s degree, no courses can count towards three or more degree programs at Penn. Penn Law, Medicine, Dental, or Vet school students will not be permitted to enroll in the program. Please see additional information and required forms here: Dual Masters Degree in Statistics 2021-2022.

The requirements are completion of the following:

(1) Six credit units of 5000 level or 9000 level Statistics and Data Science Department courses. 4000 level courses will not be accepted.

(2) Four additional credit units of approved Penn courses with statistical content. These can be Statistics and Data Science Department courses or courses from other departments.
** Approval of the student’s list of 10 credit units for (1) and (2) is subject to approval of the Academic Director for the Dual Master’s in Statistics, Professor Linda Zhao, lzhao@wharton.upenn.edu
**A minimum grade of B- or better is required for each course.

(3) An approved master’s thesis. The master’s thesis is a research paper that makes substantial use of statistics and is not part of a student’s dissertation (though it can be related to the dissertation work) or material you completed for a course (though it can build on a paper completed for a course). The thesis can be original research or can be a literature review of some area of statistics related to a student’s research. The thesis must be approved by a standing faculty member in the Statistics Department who has agreed to serve as an adviser for the project.

(4) Certification of Doctoral Qualifying Exam

To Apply for the Program:

  1. Contact the Academic Director for the Dual Master’s (Professor Linda Zhao – lzhao@wharton.upenn.edu) to discuss your plan of action and complete a Plan of Study for Dual Degree form. The form must be signed by your home department faculty chair/coordinator, your home department/school’s graduate dean, and the Academic Director for the Stat Master’s.
    • Consult with your home department on any policies your program may have regarding external Master’s degree
    • Failure to submit the approved Plan of Study for Dual Degree form in the early stages of the program may results in your courses not counting towards your degree.
  2. Send completed Plan of Study for Dual Degree form to the Wharton Doctoral Program Office (gmurray@wharton.upenn.edu) to obtain a signature from the Vice Dean. You will not be permitted into the program until you receive approval from all listed above.

Upon completion of the degree requirements, complete the following forms and submit to Wharton Doctoral Programs Office (email them to Gidget Murray, Associate Director of Wharton Doctoral Programs: gmurray@wharton.upenn.edu), and follow the remaining steps:

  • Certification of Doctoral Preliminary Examination
  • Certification of Research Paper Acceptable for Master’s Degree
  • If there are any changes to the courses listed in the Plan of Study for Dual Degree, please be sure to complete and submit a Final List of Completed Courses for the STAT AM
  • Review the Graduate Degree Calendar: https://provost.upenn.edu/graduate-degree-calendar
  • Complete online Degree Application: https://fission.sas.upenn.edu/sso/gas/degree/app-start.php
  • It is the student’s responsibility to adhere to the degree application deadlines and apply for the degree during the semester in which they will complete all degree requirements.

Please note the following:

  • The University does not allow students to triple count courses for multiple degrees (i.e. you cannot count a course toward your Statistics Masters, home department Masters, and home PhD)
  • Transfer credits and undergraduate level courses will not count towards the STAT AM

Any questions can be sent to Gidget Murray (gmurray@wharton.upenn.edu or 215-898-2619).

Department of Statistics and Data Science

The Wharton School,
University of Pennsylvania
Academic Research Building
265 South 37th Street, 3rd & 4th Floors
Philadelphia, PA 19104-1686

Phone: (215) 898-8222
Fax: (215) 898-1280