Welcome and Diversity

Since its founding in 1960 by Professor George Box, the Department of Statistics at the University of Wisconsin – Madison has been a hub of statistical research housing faculty with wide-ranging interests in both theory and practice who collaborate with colleagues across campus in a variety of scientific areas. The department has undergraduate and graduate degree programs that prepare students with a modern curriculum. The department has evolved into one of the premier statistics departments in the world from its inception, generally ranked among the top five to ten in the country on various measures of quality. There are currently over 20 faculty members and a dedicated staff providing critical support for our teaching and research missions.

Our programs currently enroll nearly 200 graduate students and over 1,000 undergraduate majors. A Visiting International Student Program (VISP) started in 2014 and a Data Science option to the masters program (MSDS) began in 2015. Our programs prepare students to face the challenges of the big data era arising in a diverse array of fields and areas of application.

The University of Wisconsin – Madison is one of the top public universities in the world with great academic strengths in many areas. Madison, a medium-sized city located in southern Wisconsin, is the state capital and is known for its lakes, restaurants, parks, and biking and hiking trails. Madison is consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in the U.S.


The Department of Statistics strives to create a sense of belonging among all students, faculty, and staff.  We foster an inclusive environment by treating other members of the department with esteem and respect.  We honor diversity in our department and promote this sense of belonging by working together considerately towards our common goals of teaching, community engagement, and scientific innovation. We are dedicated to serving the UW Madison statement on diversity and are committed to creating an environment where all feel respected and included.