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    Statistics PhD

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  1. Besides linear algebra wouldn't some more math like real analysis and mathematical statistics (undergraduate level) also be helpful? Maybe not necessarily a class, but I think it would be challenging to have just the bare minimum prerequisites and not the optional "prerequisites" like real analysis and probability that would make first-year Ph.D. coursework so much easier.
  2. In most cases, an applied masters program is not going to have any real theory courses. If you don’t take any theoretical stat courses in your program you aren’t going to look (or be) any more prepared for the harder theory PhD courses than you are now.
  3. I’m not familiar with those programs but I can give you some generic advice. Things I considered: 1. Prestige: very similar for Iowa State / Purdue so you could ignore this 2. Degree requirements: length, qualifying/prelim process, required courses 3. Research Areas of faculty 4. Happiness factors including funding, location, weather, etc.
  4. Bayesian1701

    2020 Statistics Applicant Profile

    I don’t think Baylor has a MS program really, I was told when I visited last fall that it was there so you could leave with a masters. Another option may be Mizzou for a masters especially if you are interested in funding.
  5. It looks like you have settled on UT but you are sort of asking for permission if that’s a good idea. I say if that’s what you want go for it.
  6. If you think you want to go Bayesian/spatial then go with a place where you have good advisor options in those fields. You might change your mind but you don't want to put yourself in a position where you are struggling to find an advisor to match your interests. I would cross Ohio State off the list. At the end of the day, you can only choose one, and a good program overall may not be a good program for you.
  7. Bayesian1701

    PhD 2020 Application

    I don't know anything about Biostat programs. Your stat list looks good assuming your biostat list isn't too ambitious.
  8. What is your end goal? Do you want a Ph.D. in statistics or just an applied masters? An applied masters isn't going to help you get into a Ph.D. program. But if an applied masters is your end goal that sounds like a good plan.
  9. Bayesian1701

    UT Austin vs. Duke

    I would go ahead and reject offers if you know you aren't interested. You can decide to wait until April 15th and that would be fine. However, I would send out an email asking about your waitlist status in early April. I was in a similar boat and I waited on Duke until late March and is what I would recommend you do unless you know you wouldn't take an offer from Duke. Duke is better than UT Austin, but you may not make it off the waitlist.
  10. Bayesian1701

    Texas Stats PhD Programs

    UT Austin is basically 100% Bayesian and very heavy on Bayesian nonparametrics. It's fantastic if that's what you want to do but not so much if you aren't sure if you want to go Bayesian. Austin is expensive, but the student usually get high paying tech internships (some in Austin). Texas A&M has a Bayesian lean but has plenty of classical statisticians. Texas A&M is also much larger than the other Texas programs.
  11. Bayesian1701

    Campus Visit/Interview Day Feedback

    I applied to stats programs but I have some visit/decision advice here.
  12. Bayesian1701

    Report Fall Grade for PhD application

    I didn’t see a system that would have let me update fall grades when I applied. If they want it they will ask. Much to my surprise Duke did not ask me about my fall grades during my interview. They probably only care if you are a borderline interview/acceptance.
  13. Bayesian1701

    Research vs. Comp Sci courses for stats

    I would go ahead and apply for the REUs. I agree with the others that the CS courses aren’t that helpful unless you don’t have any experience and they are in languages you are likely to use. Now onto your second question. You will be judged a little harsher with a masters and the masters probably isn’t going to make you graduate with a PhD any faster. The exception is you do extremely well in a top masters program and get great research experience in your first year but that’s pretty rare. You don’t need any research experience so I wouldn’t worry about that. I would apply to PhD if that’s what you think you want. A lot of programs will consider you for a masters if you don’t get into the PhD program. You almost always have the option to drop out with a masters after a few years.
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    Prestige vs. Fit

    I think I have it figured out but it was an incredibly stressful time advisor searching for my research credit in the spring. If you are deadset on a particular area make that clear at your visits and interactions with faculty. That was one thing I didn’t do but I regret. Once you are accepted don’t be afraid to ask tough questions and know what you really want. I was way too shy.
  15. I had a bad experience with VA Tech but you may not. I’ve written about it before but there completion rate is low (they admitted most people have to master out because they failed exams) and they do funding on a year by year basis. They said it was because they had to accept students who where really qualified and assured me I would be ok but I couldn’t take the chance of failing out when I had stable funding packages at places with higher completion and better placements.
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