Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Statistics

The Interdisciplinary PhD in Statistics (IDPS) is designed for students currently enrolled in a participating MIT doctoral program who wish to develop their understanding of 21st century statistics, using concepts of computation and data analysis as well as elements of classical statistics and probability within their chosen field of study.

Participating programs:
Aeronautics & Astronautics
Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Mechanical Engineering
Political Science
Social and Engineering Systems

How to join IDPS:

Doctoral students in participating programs may submit a selection form between the end of their second semester and penultimate semester in their doctoral program. Selection forms are due by the current semester add date, and students will be notified of a decision by the drop date.

Required documents include a CV, unofficial transcript, anticipated course plan and thesis proposal or statement of interest in statistics.  For access to the selection form or for further information, please contact the IDSS Academic Office at

MIT Statistics + Data Science Center
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307