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PhD - Statistics Course Prerequisite

An upper-level statistics course must be completed within five (5) years of the application deadline.

Acceptable University of Iowa courses are as follows:

  • STAT:3510 (22S:101) – Biostatistics
  • STAT:4143 (22S:102) – Introduction to Statistical Methods
  • PSQF:4143 (07P:143) – Introduction to Statistical Methods
  • BIOS:4120 (171:160) – Introduction to Biostatistics

Equivalent courses from other colleges will be accepted as well. The course must be at least an undergraduate, upper-level (junior/senior) course and include, at a minimum, the following content:

  • Descriptive statistics
  • Probability
  • Sampling distributions and/or theory
  • Study/experimental design
  • Parametric and nonparametric methods
  • Confidence intervals
  • Linear correlation and simple linear regression

For statistics courses completed outside the University of Iowa, you will need to ensure that the course meets our requirements, as noted above. We recommend that you refer to the course catalog, which includes the course information, or contact the Office of the Registrar at the college from which you took your statistics course.Please note that community college courses are considered undergraduate freshman/sophomore courses and do not meet the prerequisite requirements. Contact Mary Kosobucki at mary-kosobucki@uiowa.edu if you have any questions.