Prospective Students

General Requirements | Application Procedures | Application Deadlines

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Admission decisions are made by the departmental Graduate Admissions Committee. Admission consideration is 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 quantitative courses, particularly those regarding statistical theory, be passed with distinction.

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General Requirements for PSTAT Graduate Programs

Education

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

Coursework

Applicants must have the following coursework in the following areas:

  • Calculus-based Probability, law of large numbers and central limit theorems.
  • Theory of statistical inference, hypothesis tests and regressions.
  • Linear algebra including 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

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

Application Deadlines

PhD Application

Priority Funding (Fall quarter only): December 18

Final Deadline (Fall quarter only): February 1

The priority funding deadline is for applicants who wish to be considered for campus-wide fellowship competitions. The department will consider PhD applications submitted by February 1st for Teaching Assistant positions.

*PhD Applications are not accepted for Winter/Spring quarters.

MA Application

Fall Deadline: February 15

Winter Deadline: October 18

Spring Deadline: January 10

*Masters applicants are not considered for fellowships and are not guaranteed teaching assistantships. Many, however, are employed as teaching assistants or graders on a quarter-to-quarter basis. As an additional benefit, such employment opportunities award students with partial fee remission.

Other Admission Information:

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions – UCSB Graduate Division

Information for Newly Admitted Students

For further information about how to apply, please read the Graduate Division Website