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Statistics has seen a dramatic increase in its application in sciences. Part of the dynamic has been the technological revolution in computing providing new opportunities for statistical research and, even more significantly, new opportunities for applying statistical concepts to the problems of business, industry and government. New career opportunities in areas of applicable statistics have emerged – without diminishing in any way the traditional needs of academe. Indeed, career opportunities in higher education promise to become very attractive in this new era of big data.

The probability and statistics program started at East China Normal University as a laboratory in 1960. Established in 1984, ECNU's mathematical statistics department is was one of three oldest key statistical programs in China. In 1985, the official journal of Chinese Probability and Statistical Society started and established its editorial office at ECNU. Over the years, mathematical statistics department has expanded into the School of Statistics, comprising of Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science (1984), Department of Risk Management and Insurance (1994), Department of Financial Engineering (2010), Statistics and Actuarial Science Consultancy Center (2006), Biostatistics Center (2008), Academy of Applied Statistical Science (2010) and Key Laboratory of Advanced Theory and Application in Statistics and Data Science (2018). In 2017, the statistics program of ECNU is ranked among the first class disciplines of the “Double-First Class” initiative plan of the Minister of Education. In 2017, the statistics program was ranked No.3 (out of 120 statistics programs) national wide by the Minister of Education. In 2017, the statistics program was awarded the Key Laboratory of Advanced Theory and Application in Statistics and Data Science of Ministry of Education.

The statistics program currently has 41 full-time faculty members consisting of 21 full professors, 17 associate professors, 3 assistant professors, among whom four are ‘state professors’. More than half of the faculty members have either earned their degrees from prestigious universities in the west or have had tremendous exposure to western curriculum via post-docs research or visiting positions. In addition, the program has two distinguished part-time faculty affiliates from Hong Kong University and Oxford University. Most faculty members are engaged in cutting-edge research in the areas of industry, finance, medical science funded by competitive nationwide as well as provincial grant programs.

The placement record of our graduates has been excellent. Our recent master's graduates have pursued careers split between industry, finance and government. PhD graduates have mostly sought positions at universities and research institutes and some took jobs in the finance industry and pharmaceutical companies commensurate with their training and PhD dissertations.


1. Master of Arts (M.A.)

The M.A. degree program is quite flexible and is designed to prepare for entry into the job market or for further study in a variety of fields such as mathematics, statistics, computer science, applied mathematics, operations research, economics and/or finance. 

The length of master program is two years with extension up to three years. The training program consists of course work, external practice such as internship. The student will be supervised by an associate professor or professor. The master students are expected to have solid foundation of theory in probability and statistics, broad knowledge of recent statistical methods, good sense of conducting original research, ability to apply appropriate methods to solve real statistical problems. Programs of study are based on a required core area supplemented by a combination of elective course work.

The requirements for the M.A. degree are as follows:

(1)Completion of at least 30 credits of approved graduate level courses including five core courses and three elective courses in statistics. 

(2)Completion and successful defense of a master’s thesis, which is judged to be of publishable quality.

2. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Ph.D. is a research degree.  Students may enter the Ph.D. program if they have a Master’s degree from an accredited university and meet admission requirements of ECNU.  

The length of PhD program is four years with extension up to five years. The training program consists of course work, advisory by the advisor and/or the advisory committee, or co-advisory by the advisor and (external) oversea advisor. The advisory committee is formed by three faculty members including the supervisor. In addition to the program objectives for the master students, the PhD students are expected to achieve original research work independently and have the knowledge and ability to teach others.

The requirements for the Ph.D. degree are as follows:

(1)Completion of at least 16 credits of approved graduate level courses. 

(2)Passing the Ph.D. preliminary examination.

(3)Publication of at least two research paper at international major statistical journals.

(4)Completion and successful defense of a Ph.D. dissertation, which is judged to be of publishable quality.




Rank; Research Interests

Berger, James

Honorary ProfessorBayes statistics

Bi, Junna

Associate Professor; Stochastic process

Ding, Bangjun

Professor; Survival analysis

Fan, Kun

Associate Professor; Actuarial science

Fang, Fang

Associate Professor; Mathematical statistics

Faraggi, David

State Professor; Biostatistics

He, Sihui

Associate Professor; Actuarial science, risk management

Li, Danping

Assistant Professor; Actuarial science, financial mathematics

Li, Yan

Associate Professor; Quality control

Li, Yuqiang

Associate Professor; Probability, branching process

Liu, Yukun

Professor; Mathematical statistics

Lu, Zhiping

Associate Professor; Financial mathematics, time series

Pu, Xiaolong

Professor; Applied statistics

Qian, Linyi

Professor; Actuarial science

Qian, Zhongming 

‘Zijiang’ Professor (part-time)Stochastic analysis

Qiu, Chunjuan 

Associate Professor; Insurance, Actuarial science

Shao, Jun

State ProfessorMathematics statistics, sampling survey

Sun, Dongchu

State ProfessorBayesian statistics

Sun, Lei

Associate Professor; Econometrics

Tang, Yincai

Professor; Reliability, financial time series

Wang, Rongming

Professor; Actuarial science, risk theory

Wang, Yaping

Assistant Professor; Experimental design

Wang, Ying

Assistant Professor; Actuarial science, risk management


Professor; Actuarial science, financial mathematics

WuJeff C. F.

Honorary ProfessorExperimental design

Wu, Ping

Associate Professor; Biostatistics

Wu, Shujin

Associate Professor; Financial Mathematics


Professor; Actuarial science, Mathematical statistics

Xiang, Dongdong

Associate Professor; Statistical process control

Xu, Fangjun

Professor; Probability

Xu, Jin

Professor; Biostatistics, multivariate analysis

Xu, Zhonghao

Associate Professor; Stochastic process

Yang, Hailiang

‘Zijiang’ Professor (part-time); Actuarial science

Yao, Qiang

Associate Professor; Stochastic process

Ye, Minghua

Professor; Actuarial science

Yu, Zhou

Professor; Mathematical statistics

Zeng, Linrui

Associate Professor; Statistical diagnosis

Zhan, Mengya

Associate Professor; Actuarial science

Zhang, Nan

Assistant Professor; Actuarial science

Zhang, Riquan

Professor; Mathematical statistics, semi-parametric model

Zhou, Yong

Professor; Mathematical statistics, finance, econometrics

Zheng, Weian

State ProfessorStochastic process, financial mathematics

Zhou, Yingchun

Professor; Biostatistics, time series



































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School of Statistics

East China Normal University

Tel: +86-21-62233223


Email: jxu@stat.ecnu.edu.cn


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