You need not be a mathematical statistician to do good statistical work, but you will need the guidance of a first class mathematical statistician. A good engineer, or a good economist, or a good chemist, already has a good start, because the statistical method is only good science brought up to date by the recognition that all laws are subject to the variations that occur in nature. Your study of statistical methods will not displace any other knowledge that you have; rather, it will extend your knowledge of engineering, chemistry or economics, and make it more useful. William Edwards Deming 1944
In 1996 the Department of Statistics was closed and nearly all statistics courses were transferred to the Department of Mathematics. Although the Board of Regents allowed the University to retain authority to offer degrees in Statistics the programs have not yet been re-established.
The PhD degree in Statistics has not yet been re-established, no time table for doing so has be set
The Masters degree in Statistics has not yet been re-established.
Students interested in graduate study in Statistics currently have two options, they can pursue a degree in Mathematics or a degree in Applied Mathematics . The student might then select Statistics courses as part of their program (including the possiblity of a minor in Statistics, see listing below) and choose a member of the Statistics group as an advisor and dissertation director.