This page contains important information for STOR graduate students (and their advisers) regarding requirements and forms for the Ph.D. and M.S. degrees.

For all students:

There are two important deadlines that students should pay attention to each semester: the Add deadline and the Drop deadline. These dates can be found on the Registrar’s website.

Add deadline:

The last day to add a course is usually within one week of the start of classes. You must be registered as a full-time student if you are either (a) supported by the University or
the Department, or (b) an international student. Full-time status can be maintained by either (i) registering for at least 9 credits, or (ii) taking 3 credits of STOR 992 (MS Essay) or 994 (Ph.D.Thesis research) under your advisor’s section. Thus, a Ph.D. student who takes just 3 credits of 994, or a single 3 credit course plus 3 credits of 994 will have full time status, even though they are taking fewer than 9 credits total. Failure to be full-time can affect your funding, and even your ability to stay at the University.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Drop with tuition refund:

The last day to drop a course and obtain a tuition refund is usually within two weeks of the start of classes. Students who perform a late drop that puts them under 9 credits, even if they are eligible to take fewer than 9 credits due to STOR 992/4, will be billed for the tuition diference. Thus, if a Ph.D. student taking a single 3 credit course plus 3 credits of 994 decides to drop their 3 credit course after the drop deadline, they will be charged for 3 credits of coursework. This rule does not affect students who will have 9 or more credits after
the drop; they have until the normal graduate student drop date in November/April..

Courses designated as being variable credit can be taken for 1, 2 or 3 credits. In most circumstances, students taking a course for reduced credit (1 or 2 hours) will be expected to do the same work as students taking the course for full credit (3 hours).

This is an overview of the computing resources available for students at UNC.

Hardware/Research Computing:

Data storage:



Computer Lab (Hanes 115) Protocol:

  • Do not use computers for personal activities.
  • Close and lock the lab at all times.
  • Do not go away while leaving your jobs running. Long time simulations should be done using remote servers.
  • Do not attempt to adjust the temperature of the room. If the temperature of the room is uncomfortable, please go to the third floor and speak with the Department Manager or Administrative Services Staff.
  • Log out at the end of every session.
  • Do not turn off the machines in the computer lab unless there is a problem.
  • Keep the computer lab neat. Please be responsible for your own items and recycle/remove as appropriate.


  • If toner or paper is low, please go to the third floor and speak with the Department Manager or Administrative Services Staff.
  • Please print on both sides of paper.
  • If the printer is not working, submit a remedy ticket to OASIS.

Asking for Help:

  • Ask the person next to you.
  • Search
  • For software requests, hardware problems, and any problem related to the lab machines, submit a remedy ticket to OASIS.

This provides an overview of the resources available through the UNC library system. If anyone has any questions please contact Danianne Mizzy ( who will be able to assist with any statistics related questions.

  1. STOR Specific Guide: This guide provides the user with an overview of services provided by the library with an emphasis on those that are useful for statistics and operations research.
  2. Finding Data: The library has purchased and subscribes to a variety of proprietary data sets. Sometimes these can be difficult to navigate so if you don’t know specifically what you’re looking for don’t hesitate in contacting Michele Hayslett ( who is an expert in the data that the university has access to. In addition, if you would like to purchase data the library will frequently provide support in the form of money and/or guidance.
  3. GIS & Data Services: The library provides a variety of data analysis and visualization tools (e.g. GIS) which can be accessed at this link.
  4. Author Identifier: Please see this link for tips on using Author Identifiers. Author Identifiers help identify researches and are especially useful for researchers who may have common names.
  5. Reputation Management: Request a consultation about ways to curate your online portfolio by emailing Danianne Mizzy (


For M.S. students (and Ph.D. students seeking the M.S. degree):

For Ph.D. students:


Information on comprehensive written exams: