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Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences


The Ph.D. Program application deadline for 2017 has passed. The deadline was December 15th, 2016 at 11PM.

Our Department welcomes applications from students with widely varying backgrounds. Past graduate students in Statistics have undergraduate majors in fields such as mathematics, engineering, the sciences, economics, psychology, or administration and management. Previous completion of introductory courses in probability and statistics and knowledge of calculus are essential, but advanced work in Statistics is not.

Admissions are highly competitive. It is to your advantage to submit relevant admissions materials to the Department of Statistics as soon as possible. You MUST send in your admission application and all supporting materials to us by the deadline.

Application Materials

Applicants must provide each of the following, uploaded to our online system (unless otherwise noted):

  • undergraduate and graduate transcripts (and mailed official transcripts)
  • a statement of purpose
  • three recommendation letters uploaded by recommenders
  • scores from the GRE General test (with mailed official scores). Our GRE codes are 2074 (Institution) and 0705 (Department)
  • scores from the TOEFL test (with mailed official scores) for students whose native language is not English. Our TOEFL codes are 2074 (Institution) and 59 (Department)

Comments on TOEFL: All students (with exception below) whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Preference will be given to students who submit Internet Based Test scores (iBT). For the iBT, minimum score required is 84, with a required minimum score of 18 on the speaking; 22 on reading; 22 on listening; and 22 on writing. If you prefer to take IELTS instead of TOEFL, that is fine. The minimum IELTS score required is an overall 7.5. International students who studied at a U.S. university for the past two years or longer should mail us their old TOEFL score, and have a letter sent to us by a U.S. university official, like an administrator or professor, attesting to the student’s English language skills, such as helping teach undergraduates, presenting a paper, etc.

Financial Aid

The Department of Statistics generally provides financial aid to all of its Ph.D. students. These awards typically consist of full tuition scholarships along with a generous monthly stipend for teaching and/or research assistantships.

During the 2015-2016 academic year, teaching and research assistants will typically receive $2,550/month for the nine-month academic year in addition to full payment of graduate tuition, currently $39,140 per year.

Students who receive both full tuition scholarships and graduate assistantships are expected to maintain a full course load and to devote effort primarily to their studies and assigned duties. These duties require not more than ten hours per week.

Since teaching duties form an integral part of a student's financial aid package, foreign students must complete the University's programs in English as a Second Language (ESL). Financial support after the first semester is contingent upon committed participation and ultimate certification by the ESL.

The Department does not guarantee its students financial support for the summer, but it has been successful in identifying summer employment opportunities. Qualified students work as research assistants for the summer, or have the opportunity to teach summer school courses offered by the Department. Teaching assistant positions for these courses are often available as well. In the past, the Department has been able to accommodate virtually all students who requested financial support for the summer.

Applying to Joint Ph.D. Programs

Students interested in the joint Ph.D. programs should indicate this in their application materials.