PhD in Statistics and Applied Probability

Admission decisions are made by the departmental Graduate Admissions Commitee. Admission to the program is considered based on academic achievement, programmatic fit, and scholarly potential. 

Our graduate programs are open to those who hold a bachelor’s degree in Statistics, Mathematics, or other fields with strong quantitative requirements. The department is expecting that quantitive courses, particularly those regarding statistical theory, be passed with distinction.

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General Requirements

Education

All applicants must hold a bachelor's degree in Statistics, Mathematics, or other strong quantitative fields

Coursework

  • One year of statistical theory that includes hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, best statistics and most powerful tests, regression and ANOVA concepts.
  • One course in linear algebra that includes vector spaces, bases in vector spaces, eigenvalues, and eigenvectors.

GPA

The minumum undergraduate GPA requirement for admission is an overall 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Meeting the requirement does not guarantee admission; the actual standard for admission is set by the current pool of applicants and is generally much higher.

Exams

GRE

All applicants are required to take the GRE general test; we do not require a subject test. Scores older than five years will not be accepted. We do not accept the GMAT exam in place of the GRE exam. There is no minimum score requirement for the GRE. You can see our GRE average scores from past applicants here.

Language proficiency exams: TOEFL or IELTS

International students from non-english speaking countries are required to submit either TOEFL or IELTS exam scores. Scores more than 2 years old will not be accepted. Students who have earned a degree from a U.S. institution or a formally recognized english-speaking instution will have this requirement waived. No waiver documentation is required; your transcripts will suffice.

The minimum scores required for the TOEFL and IELTS are:

TOEFL Internet Based Test (IBT) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80

TOEFL Computer Based Test (PBT): . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  550

IELTS Minimum Band Score: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7