George Mason University is the largest and most diverse public research university in Virginia, with an enrollment of over 39,000 students studying in over 200 degree programs. Mason is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. It was classified as an R1 research institution in 2016 by the Carnegie Classifications of Institutes of Higher Education. Mason has campuses in Fairfax, Arlington, and Prince William. Its proximity to Washington, D.C. provides unmatched geographical access to a number of federal agencies and national laboratories. Northern Virginia is also home to one of the largest concentrations of high-tech firms in the nation, providing excellent opportunities for interaction with industry. The region is consistently rated as being among the best places to live in the country, and has an outstanding local public school system.
The Department of Statistics currently houses 22 primary faculty, and has numerous other (adjunct, emeritus, visiting, and affiliated) faculty. It offers a BS degree in Statistics, three MS degrees: Statistical Science, Biostatistics, and Data Analytics Engineering with Concentration in... Statistics; and a PhD degree in Statistical Science. The Department of Statistics is renowned with leaders in statistics, biostatistics, and data science/analytics, with credentials in national collaborations, although it is a young department founded in 1992. It is located on the Fairfax, VA, campus in the high-tech corridor of Northern Virginia, 30 minutes from both downtown Washington, D.C., and Dulles International Airport.