The STOR Department offers three graduate programs at the Doctoral level: Statistics, Operations Research, and Interdisciplinary Statistics & Operations Research (INSTORE). Please indicate clearly at the top of your statement of purpose your order of preference for the three programs and if possible, some reasons for this order in the statement of purpose.

Please visit the links below for program descriptions and general information about the application process.

Ph.D. program descriptions:


The prerequisite courses required to apply to any of the Ph.D. programs are: real analysis, linear algebra,  calculus-based probability and statistics.


The Ph.D. programs begin in the Fall semester.
The approximate application deadline is mid-December of each year.  Exact dates can be found here.


Financial Assistance

Most of our Ph.D. students receive some form of financial support, such as Graduate School fellowships, departmental assistantships, research assistantships, or internships.  Departmental assistantships involve grading or teaching an undergraduate course.  Some of our students are supported as Research Assistants by faculty members and some work as interns in industry at one of the nearby firms in Research Triangle Park (e.g., IBM, SAS, Quintiles, GlaxoSmithKline, Becton-Dickinson). Our supported students receive tuition waiver, and health insurance for the duration of their studies

How to Apply

Please refer to and apply by following the instructions given on the Graduate School website:

You may rank your preferences for the STOR department’s three programs: Statistics, Operations Research, or INSTORE.

International applicants have additional application requirements including the submission of a TOEFL or IETLS score and a financial certificate. Please read the instruction about these requirements at

Visiting Campus

Students admitted to a Ph.D. program are encouraged to visit the department. We will arrange for you to meet with faculty and current students, and will provide partial reimbursement for travel expenses.  We encourage you to visit the UNC Visitors’ Center’s website at for more information and to make arrangements for guided campus tours for prospective graduate students.


If you have any questions which you cannot find the answer to, please contact us.