Admissions for MS in Statistics


  • A bachelor's degree (not necessarily in mathematics or statistics) from an accredited college or university.
  • A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above during their bachelor’s degree.
  • Students must have taken three semesters of calculus (through multivariate calculus), linear algebra, and a calculus-based statistics course that covers basic probability and statistical distributions.
  • Admitted students are generally expected to have completed several additional upper-division mathematics courses on top of the minimum requirements, though students from non-mathematics backgrounds who meet the minimum requirements and have exceptional track records will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Subject to approval by the Director of the Program in Statistics and the Graduate Committee, students with prerequisite deficiencies may be admitted with the understanding that those deficiencies must be removed after admission. In such cases, credits earned for deficiency coursework cannot be applied to a graduate degree.

Requirements (International Students)

By University policy, International students must provide financial documentation and certified English translations of all records and references not in English. By graduate school rules, applicants whose native language is not English must satisfy the English language requirement in one of the following ways:

  • Submit scores from the Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL, iBT) or from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).   The minimum acceptable scores can be found under "English Proficiency Testing" .
  • Complete a baccalaureate or graduate-level degree at an accredited college or university where the language of instruction and the national language is English.
  • Complete at least 2 semesters (minimum of 30 credits) at an accredited college or university in the United States as a full-time student with a "B" average (3.0 GPA) or higher.
  • Additional requirements and documentation may also be required by the Office of International Education. For details and procedures, students should consult the Office of International Affairs 

Application Files

A complete application packet includes two official transcripts, at least two letters of recommendation, your online application, and application fee. The application and letters of recommendation should be submitted online through the university application system.

Available Funding for M.S. Students

In general, the department cannot offer full teaching assistantships to MS students. However, partial funding, which may include teaching opportunities, grading or tutoring, and a limited number of scholarships are regularly available. All eligible applicants are considered for available scholarships, and will be notified if selected. To be considered for partial funding​, the application packet must be accompanied by a letter of interest that cites prior teaching or tutoring experience. At least one letter of recommendation is requested to address the applicant's teaching potential. When considering funding awards, factors include academic performance, the ability to teach lower division mathematics courses, quality of faculty recommendations, and more.

Please see our Scholarships and Financing page for more details and other opportunities to help fund your graduate studies.

Target Dates

The application package should be received by the Graduate Committee of the Department of Mathematical & Statistical Sciences by the target dates below to be guaranteed full consideration. Applications received after the target date may still be considered for admission, depending on space availability.

MS Admission with Funding





March 1

Sep. 15


Jan. 15

Aug. 1


General MS Admission (without Funding)





July 15

Nov. 1


June 1

Sep. 15

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If you do not see the term you want available, you can apply anyway and let us know - we may be able to move your application.

Returning Students

If you are a former graduate student and want to apply for readmission, follow the instructions here. ​​​​