Application FAQs


What are the application deadlines?

PhD Priority Funding (Fall quarter only): December 15

PhD Final Deadline (Fall quarter only): February 15

MA Fall Deadline: February 15

MA Winter Deadline: November 1

MA Spring Deadline: January 10

Am I eligible for financial support or TAships?

The department offers financial support packages to a small number of the best applicants interested in working towards a PhD degree. These packages may include fellowships, grants, and/or teaching assistantships. Applications need to be received by December 15 to have priority funding consideration. PhD applicants who apply by February 15 will be considered for TAship only.

Do I have to pay the application fee?

Yes. For more information, see here.

What happens if I don’t pay the application fee?

Your application will not be considered complete until the application fee is paid, therefore the department will not be able to consider you for admission.

What is the UCSB institution code used to send my GRE and TOEFL scores?

The Institution Code is 4835. A department code is not required.

Is there a minimum score for the GRE


What if my GRE scores are more than 5 years old?

Official GRE test score dates must be within five years from the time of application (i.e. from the day the applicant submits the online graduate application). Scores that are more than 5 years old will not be accepted, you will need to retake the test.

Is there a minimum score for the TOEFL?

Yes. They are as follows;
Internet-based test: 80
Paper-based test: 550

Will my TOEFL scores expire?

Yes, the Graduate Division does not accept TOEFL scores that are more than 2 years old at the time of application. After 2 years you must retake the test.

Who needs to take the TOEFL?

Anyone whose native language is not English is required to take the TOEFL. Exceptions will be made for students who have completed a degree at a U.S. institution. Proof must be provided by sending the final/official transcripts associated with the degree. The transcripts must indicate that the coursework and degree program has been/will be completed at the previous institution prior to starting in our program.

Can I take the IELTS instead of the TOEFL?

Yes. The minimum score for the IELTS is an overall band score of 7 or higher.

When will I be notified of my application status?

You can log on to your online application and check your application status. The department will update it when your additional materials, such as transcripts, letters of recommendation, and your statement of purpose are received. Final admissions decisions will be made in April. You will receive an email from the Graduate Division indicating whether you have been admitted or denied.

What classes are prerequisites for admission?

All students admitted should have a Bachelor's degree or its equivalent in mathematics, statistics or a related field with significant quantitative components. Coursework required for entering the graduate program includes a year-long introduction to probability and statistics using calculus. The statistical theory course should include estimation, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, regression, and ANOVA concepts. A linear algebra course that teaches vector spaces, bases, and eigenvalues is also required.

Are there deferrals?

Not usually. Deferrals are available only if a student has a medical or family emergency, and is subject to the approval of the Graduate Dean. Please contact the Graduate Program Assistant for more information.

If you do not want to begin the program during the quarter you were admitted, and you do not qualify for a deferral, you will need to reapply for the quarter you wish to begin.

Who should I contact if I have further questions?

You should contact the Graduate Program Assistant at

Are GRE Subject Scores required?

No. We only require the GRE General Test

How many students will receive financial aid?

The number of students who receive funding varies from year to year, depending on how many available packages we have. Generally, it is between 4 and 7 new students per year, but it can be more or less than that.