Statistics (MS)


Statistics, MS

On Campus 30 - 36 cr

The Department of Statistics is involved in research, teaching, and statistical consulting for the entire university.


Statistics as a discipline develops methods to collect and interpret data. Modern statistical methods are used in many areas, such as medicine, the biological and social sciences, economics, finance, manufacturing, marketing research, management, government, and research institutes.

Students who have majored in mathematics or statistics and have an interest in applications of these fields or students who have majored in other areas and have a good mathematics background should seriously consider a career in statistics. It is quite common for students to enter a statistics graduate program with only a few statistics courses since statistics is primarily a graduate discipline.

Some of our faculty are involved in projects funded by federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, and the United States Department of Agriculture. Because of its activities, the collaborative work with other disciplines gives graduate students a wide range of opportunities to work with individuals in these disciplines and to learn practical applications of statistical principles from direct experience.

Academic Pathways

Dual Degree:

Statistics (PHD)

Applying for Admission

Standard requirements for all graduate programs

  • Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • Transcripts (unofficial): Uploaded as part of application form.

    If International: Uploads must include all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certificates, diplomas, and degrees plus certified English translations.

    After admission: Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certified records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certified copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.

  • If applicant’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.
  • If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
  • Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.

Additional requirements specific to this program

  • GRE
  • Minimum English proficiency:
  • Personal Statement
  • Coursework: Complete and upload the Prerequisite STAT Coursework PDF.  Students beginning graduate study in Statistics are expected to have completed at least 1 course in statistics, 3 semesters of calculus, and 1 semester of matrix algebra, with a 3.00 GPA or better in those courses. Students who have not taken these courses can be accepted into the program on a provisional basis. It is common for a student entering the MS program to have only a few (or even just one) statistics course since most universities do not have statistics undergraduate programs.
  • Three recommendation letters

NOTE: When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Admission Application Deadlines

For financial consideration: January 15 for Fall. October 15 for Spring.

Otherwise: May 31 for Fall. October 31 for Spring.



Graduate Chair

Souparno Ghosh

Support Staff

Amanda Bulger

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