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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 at the time when Prof. Zongshu Wei, a PhD from Iowa state University, was the leading applied mathematical statistician in Shanghai. 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), 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.

The statistics program currently has 57 full-time faculty members consisting of 22 full professors, 17 associate professors, 18 assistant 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.

Degree Requirement 

2.1 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. For international students in non-Chinese language taught programs, they MUST pass HSK-3 (≥180) or pass the "International Chinese Proficiency Standard Test" arranged by the university before graduation. 

The requirements for the M.A. degree are as follows:
1.Completion of at least 31 credits of approved graduate level courses including six core courses and two elective courses in statistics. 
2. Completion and successful defense of a master’s thesis, which is judged to be of publishable quality.

2.2  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. For international students in non-Chinese language taught programs, they MUST pass HSK-3 (≥180) or pass the "International Chinese Proficiency Standard Test" arranged by the university before graduation. 

The requirements for the Ph.D. degree are as follows:
1.Completion of at least 15 credits of approved graduate level courses. 
2. Passing the Ph.D. qualification examination.
3. Publication of at least one 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.

Core Program Faculties


Rank; Research Interests

Bi, Junna

Professor; Stochastic process

Chen, Ziqi

Researcher; Mathematical statistics

Ding, Bangjun

Professor; Survival analysis

Fan, Kun

Associate Professor; Actuarial science

Fang, Fang

Professor; Mathematical statistics

Faraggi, David

State Professor; Biostatistics

He, Sihui

Associate Professor; Actuarial science, risk management

Li, Danping

Associate Professor; Actuarial science, financial mathematics

Li, Yan

Associate Professor; Quality control

Li, Yuqiang

Professor; Probability, branching process

Liu, Yukun

Professor; Mathematical statistics

Lu, Zhiping

Associate Professor; Financial mathematics, time series


Associate Professor; Biostatistics

Pu, Xiaolong

Professor; Applied statistics

Qian, Linyi

Professor; Actuarial science

Qiu, Chunjuan 

Associate Professor; Insurance, Actuarial science

Shao, Jun

State Professor; Mathematics statistics

Shi, Yun

Associate Professor; Financial statistics


Associate Professor; Biostatistics

Sun, Lei

Associate Professor; Econometrics

Tang, Yanlin

Researcher; Mathematics statistics

Tang, Yincai

Professor; Reliability, financial time series

Wang, Guanghui

Associate Professor; Mathematical statistics

Wang, Rongming

Professor; Actuarial science, risk theory

Wang, Yaping

Researcher; Experimental design

Wang, Ying

Assistant Professor; Actuarial science, risk management

Wei, Jiaqin

Professor; Actuarial science, financial mathematics

Wu, Ping

Associate Professor; Biostatistics

Wu, Shujin

Associate Professor; Financial Mathematics

Wu, Xianyi

Professor; Actuarial science, Mathematical statistics

Xiang, Dongdong

Professor; Statistical process control

Xu, Fangjun

Professor; Probability

Xu, Jin

Professor; Biostatistics

Xu, Zhonghao

Associate Professor; Stochastic process

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

Associate Professor; Actuarial science

Zhou, Yong

Professor; Mathematical statistics, finance, econometrics

Zhou, Yingchun

Professor; Biostatistics, time series

Additional Information

Financial Support

Applicants can apply the Chinese government scholarship or Shanghai government scholarship both of which consist of tuition waive and university housing, student medical insurance, and monthly stipend (3500RMB for PhD and 3000RMB for MA). In addition, the school provides approximately ten teaching assistantships every academic year. Several non-service scholarships and graduate students awards are available annually.

Computing Facilities

Varied departmental and university computing facilities are available to graduate students. The school maintains a computer lab for teaching and provides a large computing server for research. Major statistics softwares are available.

Contact Information 

Global Education Center, ECNU

Add: Room 253 Physics Building, 3663 North Zhongshan Road, Shanghai

Tel: (86-21)62232013/ 62238353

Email: lxs@ecnu.edu.cn


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