The minimum admission requirements for students applying to the M.S. in Statistics program are:

  • 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.

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 


A complete application packet includes two official transcripts, at least three letters of recommendation, your online application, and application fee. All information should be received by the Graduate Committee of the Department of Mathematical & Statistical Sciences by the following target dates to be guaranteed full consideration. The application and letters of recommendation should be submitted online through the university application system. International students should submit their applications one month prior to these target dates:

Target Dates For MS Program

April 1 for the following summer or fall semester
Nov 1 for the following spring semester

Applications received after the target dates may still be considered for admission, depending on space availability.

In general, the department does not offer Teaching Assistantships to MS students. However, if you are also applying for a Teaching Assistantship, your application deadline is earlier than stated above. The deadline to apply for admission and a TA position for the fall semester is February 1 instead of April 1, and October 1 instead of November 1 for the spring semester.

To be considered for a Teaching Assistantship​, the application packet must be accompanied by a letter indicating interest in an assistantship and citing prior teaching or tutoring experience. At least one letter of recommendation should address the applicant's teaching potential. When the Graduate Committee considers requests for teaching assistants, the primary criterion that is used is academic excellence. Other factors that may be considered include ability to teach lower division mathematics courses, quality of faculty recommendations, and outside employment. The candidate cannot be employed off-campus while holding an assistantship.

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