Graduate Placements

The Department of Statistical Science places a very high emphasis on career and professional development. We collaborate closely with the Duke Career Center and offer in-house assistance with resume writing, interview, communication, and presentation skills. Additionally, potential employers and alumni specifically visit the department to offer information sessions, networking opportunities and recruitment activities. There are numerous career events throughout the Fall and Spring semester hosted by the department and the career center, including MSS alumni dinner, MSS industry day (over 10 potential employers), MS and PhD graduate career fair (hosted by career center), Data Science industry day (hosted by career center), graduate engineering and technology fair (hosted by graduate school), and specific networking and recruiting events in the MSS Proseminar course, among others. 

We support broad engagement with the campus community through data dialogues, invited industry discussions, data fest competition, and other projects to allow our students to explore the world of statistics and data science and understand the challenges associated with translating data into application. 

Our students can follow diverse career paths including Research/PhD at well renowned universities or working with the industry, government or non-government organizations in various job roles. 

Placement Statistics for the last five years

Accepted into PhD Programs 
  • Carnegie Mellon University, Information Systems
  • Columbia University, Statistics
  • Duke University, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
  • Duke University, Computer Science
  • Duke University, Statistical Science
  • Florida State University, Statistics
  • Harvard, Biostatistics
  • Iowa State University, Statistics
  • Rice University, Statistics Department
  • Stanford University, Geological Science
  • University of California, Berkeley, Finance
  • University of California, Santa Cruz, Statistics
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Industrial Engineering
  • University of North Carolina, Biostatistics
  • University of Pittsburgh, Statistics
  • University of Rochester, Biostatistics
  • University of Toronto, Statistics
  • University of Washington, Information Science
  • University of Wisconsin, Economics
  • Virginia Tech University, Statistics
  • Wirtschaftsunivertität Wien, Vienna, Statistics/Mathematics

Placement in the Industry by Graduation 

  • Average Base Salary: $102,000
  • Median Base Salary: $112,000
  • Range of Base Salaries: $75,000 to $168,000
  • Average Sign-On Bonus: $10,000
  • Average Overall Compensation (excluding relocation, sign-on bonus, and stock options): $128,000

Industry Type 

MSS Industry Type of Graduates 2019


Employers making at least one offer

  • 2nd Order Solutions
  • Alibaba, Hangzhou, China
  • Amazon
  • Autodesk
  • Bain & Company
  • Bloomberg
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Boston Consulting Group
  • Citibank, Shanghai, China
  • Dish Network
  • Dell Technologies
  • eHealth
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Envision Digital, Singapore
  • ESPN
  • Facebook
  • Geometric Data Analysis
  • Huawei, Beijing, China
  • IBM
  • Indeed
  • InfiniaML
  • Lockerdome
  • Lubrizol
  • McKinsey and Company
  • Mutual Liberty
  • New York Yankees
  • Oracle
  • Palo Alto Networks
  • Paypal
  • Point 72
  • Proofpoint
  • Quaera Insights
  • Rakuten, Tokyo, Japan
  • SAP Labs
  • Survey Monkey
  • Thumbtack
  • Travelers Insurance
  • Warner Bros
  • Wayfair
  • Wells Fargo

Type of Job Positions

MSS Job Positions of Graduates 2019