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Statistics, Doctor of Philosophy

*This program is eligible for the STEM OPT Extension.

Admission Criteria

Application Deadline

  • Fall deadline: January 15
  • Spring deadline: October 15

Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum GPA: 3.5 in math and statistics to enter PhD program
  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or University in related area
  • Undergraduate courses in statistics are recommended but not required. Consideration also is given to rank in graduating class, trends in grade records, maturity and experience, and other criteria bearing on qualifications.
  • Before entering the graduate program, a student should have a background that includes three semesters of calculus (or equivalent), one semester of matrix theory, and at least one post-calculus course in probability and statistics. Some required courses at the 7000 level not taken as an undergraduate may be taken for graduate credit as part of the graduate program.

Minimum Language Requirements

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Application Process

  • New applicants: Complete the Graduate School online application and upload the required application materials to the online application.
  • Current MU graduate students: Complete the Change of Program Form and Statistics Department Graduate Application Form.  Submit the forms directly to the Statistics program along with the required application materials.

Required Application Materials

For the Graduate School

  • Completed Graduate School online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Statistics Program

  • 3 letters of recommendation (use departmental form or submit through the Graduate School online application)
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • GRE score report
  • TOEFL or IELTS for international applicants