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How to Apply

All applications for statistics graduate programs are completed online using the ApplyYourself application network. The graduate program in statistics ordinarily grants admission for entry in the fall semester, entry in spring and summer is rare and only considered under special circumstances.

The priority deadline and the deadline for applicants who wish to be considered for financial aid is December 5, 2018. Applications received after December 5th are considered based on the availability of both space and funding. The final application deadline is March 15, 2019.

To apply to our graduate programs, you must complete the ApplyYourself online application. All materials should be uploaded to ApplyYourself, including:

  • Application fee
  • Transcript: unofficial transcript or academic record.
  • Letters of recommendation: acceptable recommendations will come from current or former professors who can assess your potential for graduate work. Other recommenders, such as employers, are also acceptable. Paper copies are not accepted.
  • GRE scores: The School of Statistics requires the general GRE scores for admission. The mathematics subject test is not required. Scores should be entered in the “test information self reported field” in ApplyYourself. Read more about the GRE.
  • TOEFL (for non-native English speakers): our institution code is 6874.

International Students

The internet-based TOEFL is required for all applicants for whom English is not their native language, which includes all non-US citizens with the exception of citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Please review the complete information regarding the TOEFL requirement.

To be considered for financial support from the School of Statistics, a minimum total score of 100 is required for the internet-based TOEFL. The table below gives the minimum requirements to be considered for admission.

Examination Minimum Score
TOEFL 550 (paper-based) or 79 (internet-based)

Contact Information

Questions about your application should be directed to the office of graduate admissions, which can be reached by email at or by phone at 612-625-3014.

Further inquiries for the School of Statistics may be directed to