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Prospective Graduate Students

Grad Students in their connect space
Graduate Students collected in their Graduate Student Connect Space

Departmental Brochure

The departmental brochure for Fall 2023 can be here.

Virtual Open House

The UGA Statistics Department annually hosts, via Zoom, a "Virtual Open House on UGA Statistics Graduate Programs."  This year's Virtual Open House for potential MS and PhD students in Statistics was held on Tue. 11/28/2023 from 7pm-8pm EST. The slides from that meeting can be found here. A virtual open house for the MS in Data Science program is tentatively scheduled for early December. 

Graduate Programs

We offer three graduate programs in statistics, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and the Master of Science (MS) in Statistics, and the Master of Science (MS) in Data Science. Master's degrees are not required for the PhD program applicants. Detailed information about each program can be found here.

Information About Applying to Statistics Graduate Programs 

Departmental Minimum Requirements for Admission

There are several courses that are required for admission into a graduate program in the Department of Statistics:

Some basic background in Statistics 
Some basic background in Computer Programming

Three semesters of Calculus

(i.e. Differential, Integral, and Multivariate Calculus); and

A course in Linear Algebra

The above are the minimum requirements for entry into any of our three graduate programs. For the MS in Data Science program, applicants would be expected to have more than basic background in Computer Programming. Similarly, for the MS in Statistics program, more than a basic background in Statistics is required. For the PhD program in Statistics, more mathematical and statistical background is expected, with an MS degree preferred, but not required. More about the specific pre-requisites for each program can be found by clicking on that program's link.

Graduate School Minimum Requirements for AdmissioN

As of 2024, the GRE is required for admission to all 3 programs.

For international students who are required to submit a TOEFL score:

Minimum TOEFL iBT:
  • Overall score of at least 80;
  • Writing score of at least 20; and
  • Speaking score of at least 20

Note: An international student may waive the TOEFL if s/he is from an English speaking country, or if s/he has a degree from an institution of higher learning in an English-speaking country. Please contact for TOEFL waiver.

Minimum IELTS Score
  • Overall Band-Width of 6.5, with no single band (score) below 6.0


Apply Online

Apply Online

  1. A non-refundable fee of $75 for domestic applicants and $100 for international applicants must be paid upon submission of your application.
  2. You must submit the names and e-mail addresses of 3 people who will write your letters of recommendation. The Graduate School will solicit on-line letters from these people.
  3. You must upload the copy of your transcript from each college or university you have attended. If you are admitted, you will be asked to send the official copy to the Graduate School.
  4. You must have official GRE and TOEFL (or IELTS) scores sent to the Graduate School.
  5. You must submit your resume and statement of purpose. 

For applicants seeking financial support:
(Fall semesters only)

  • January 1st

For applicants not seeking financial support:

Fall (August)

  • International:  15 April
  • Domestic:  1 July

Spring (January)

  • International:  15 October
  • Domestic:  15 November

Summer (June)

  • International:  15 February
  • Domestic:  1 May

Note: In general, new students are eligible to receive financial support only if they start in Fall. Applicants for other semesters or who apply late for Fall will be added to a waiting list only if the applicant enrolls in the program.

Departmental Evaluation of Applications

All applications are evaluated by a committee of faculty members within the Department of Statistics. For Fall semester admissions, most decisions will be announced between February 15th and March 15th. Among the factors that receive a high priority are:

  • The applicant's performance in mathematical and statistical coursework; and
  • What the letters of recommendation indicate about the applicant's ability to pursue graduate study in a mathematical science

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