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Prospective Graduate Students

Virtual Open House

The UGA Statistics Department hosted, via Zoom, a "Virtual Open House on UGA Statistics Graduate Programs" on Tue. 11/29/2022.  A PDF of the meeting's presentation can be found here.

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.

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 and Computer Programming;

Three semesters of Calculus

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

A course in Linear Algebra

Graduate School Minimum Requirements for Admission

The GRE is not required, but we would prefer to see GRE scores.

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

Minimum TOEFL pBT:

Score of 530

Minimum TOEFL cBT:

Score of 213

Minimum TOEFL iBT:

  • Overall score of 80;

  • Writing score of 20; and

  • Speaking score of 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


Details of Application

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 online 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 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 recieve 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. 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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