The Department of Statistical Science is nationally ranked in the top 5 research departments and as a top 10 graduate program. The Department currently (mid-late 2015) has 18 faculty, ~45 PhD students, ~70 MS students, ~70 research-active undergraduate majors, numerous postdocs, visitors, and affiliated researchers listed under People.
Recognized as the world's leading center for Bayesian statistics and its interdisciplinary applications, the Department is a Duke campus hub for statistical and computational research. The Department administers and teaches a broad range of undergraduate statistics courses, including introductory courses and more advanced courses for the Statistical Science major, as well as many courses in statistics and related areas at the MS and PhD level. The PhD program is distinguished by its strong focuses in complex stochastic modelling, Bayesian statistics, scientific computation, and inter-disciplinary statistics research. These attributes are shared by the department's Master's of Science programs in Statistical Science (MSS), and in Statistical and Economic Modeling (MSEM).
Some history: The Department began life as a free-standing Duke institute-- the Institute of Statistics and Decision Sciences (ISDS), established in 1987. In 1990, ISDS became a department of the Duke School of Arts & Sciences. In 2007, with the establishment of a research-connected undergraduate Major, the name was changed to Department of Statistical Science. 2012 was the official 25th anniversary of the founding of the department by the Duke Board of Trustees.