PhD Degree


The UFMG Doctorate Program in Statistics aims to develop the ability to do original and independent research in specific areas of Statistics, and prepare teachers for higher education. Students are required to prepare a dissertation, with literature review systematizing existing information, planning and developing original research.

Research Focus

The faculty’s research projects seek to promote theoretical advances as well as develop innovative methodological solutions in the area of Statistics and Probability. Students are expected to become involved in these projects from the second year onwards. The majority of the faculty prioritize empirical and applied research. The Doctorate in Statistics focuses on solving scientifically important and socially relevant problems. Partnerships with researchers from other areas, both from UFMG and from other research or teaching entities, and with public and private institutions alike, are also developed. The research products resulting from the development of these researches have been presented in national and international conferences and published in well-known periodicals of international circulation.

Who can apply?

A Bachelor’s or a Master’s in Statistics are not prerequisites for entry into the program. The program is interested in candidates with solid training in Statistics or in areas such as Engineering, Mathematics, Economics, among others, who are interested in developing innovative methodologies. Candidates should have solid quantitative training, with good knowledge of probability, inference, differential and integral calculus, linear algebra, and computer programming. A Master’s Degree is not necessary, albeit advisable. 

Duration of the Doctoral program

The program must be completed within 48 months