The Admissions Committee looks for applicants with a compelling background and strong grades in quantitative and related fields such as statistics, mathematics and computer science. Applicants need a thorough knowledge of linear algebra and advanced calculus. Successful candidates have experience in theoretical or applied probability and statistics. Familiarity with computer programming is highly recommended.
Interested applicants lacking background in these areas should make up the deficiency before applying. We do not offer conditional acceptance into this program.
Due to the large number of applications received, the MA in Statistics staff does not answer inquiries about specific applications nor give advice or direction to applicants before they are admitted. Although we appreciate interest in the program, please note that emails sent to the department expressing interest have no bearing on the outcome of your application being reviewed. Your candidacy is decided upon by your application materials. Any specific interest and rationale should be conveyed in your personal statement within the application.
No. If you are on the waitlist, you must simply wait to see if available slots open. You will be contacted if there is an open spot available for you.
We do not have a number system for our wait list, nor do we share where you rank. Interested applicants must wait.
There are no minimum GPA or GRE scores set by the Department. The Admissions Committee looks competitively at the overall application including the grades received in relevant coursework, the prerequisites needed for the program, recommendation letters, test scores, and other supporting documents.
We appreciate the time and commitment you put into your application; however, we are unable to offer individual feedback on why you did not gain admission. This is a highly selective program and decisions are competitively based upon a thorough review of all application materials.
GSAS requires a minimum score of 100 on the Internet-based TOEFL (600 on the paper-and-pencil test) or 7.0 on the IELTS test. Please refer to GSAS Admissions for timing and more details on the English Proficiency Requirement. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org for specific questions.
Generally, MA students may not take PhD-level courses. However, a well-prepared student may be permitted to take a certain PhD-level course with the approval of their Faculty Adviser and the course instructor.
You may apply for a grader position after you complete your first semester in the MA Program. Keep reading the MA Newsletter and checking your emails as this opportunity will be announced. We do not offer RA or TA positions within the Statistics Department for Master's students, but there may be TA opportunities available outside the Department.
Due to the number of applicants we do not meet with prospective students. An interview is not part of the Admissions Process. Nor do we provide tours or interviews with faculty or students.
Thoroughly review the MA Website including the FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions). If questions remain and you are on campus, visit the GSAS Admissions Office (107 Low Library) between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.
The majority of M.A. decisions are not communicated until the end of April. Applicants on the waitlist have to wait until they are contacted directly by the school for updates.
Although the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences begins accepting applications to the M.A. program in September, the decision-making process will not begin until March. Once the decision-making process is under way in March, decisions will be made on a rolling basis. Prospective applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.