M.S. in Statistics Admission Process

Discover the admissions process for the master’s program in statistics

Applications to the Master of Science in Statistics program are only available for UT graduate students who are currently enrolled in other doctoral programs and wish to pursue the M.S. in Statistics concurrently. We are not offering the standalone M.S. in Statistics program at this time.


If you would like to apply, please email the department at stat.admin@austin.utexas.edu, to discuss your interest. Then, complete a M.S. in Statistics Application and a Mathematics Preparation form.

Admissions Criteria

Admission decisions will be based upon several factors including letters of recommendation, courses previously taken, GPA, GRE scores, and the number of spaces available in the program. The GMAT will not be accepted as a substitute for the GRE.

To be eligible for admission into the M.S. Statistics Program, an applicant must demonstrate each of the following:

  • Successful completion of one year of the applicant’s Ph.D. program
  • Evidence of earning a B or better in the following courses:
    • Calculus
    • Calculus-based probability
    • Calculus-based statistics
    • Linear algebra
  • Strong performance on the Quantitative portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • A personal statement discussing the reasons why the applicant is pursuing a M.S. in Statistics
  • Letter of recommendation written by the applicant’s Ph.D. Supervisor
  • Support of both the Ph.D. program’s Graduate Adviser and the applicant’s Ph.D Supervisor.

During the semester in which the student plans to receive the degree, the student will need to officially switch to the M.S. in Statistics program. The student should notify their Ph.D. program about their academic plans, so the student can be re-admitted to the Ph.D. program in the next semester. The appropriate application is the Graduate Change of Major and this same form will be used again to switch back to the Ph.D. program the following semester.


Please be aware of the following university regulations:

  • A student must be registered in a program in the semester in which s/he receives the degree in that program.
  • A student may not be registered in two different graduate programs at the same time (except for a small number of special established joint degree programs).
  • The master’s degree must be received before the Ph.D.


Transfer of Credit

Under some circumstances, up to six semester hours of graduate coursework in which the grade is A or B may be transferred to the Program of Work from another institution but only on the basis of a petition by the Graduate Studies Committee and with the approval of the graduate dean. Click HERE for more information on the Graduate School’s policy regarding transferring credit.

For questions about application materials and process, email the department at stat.admin@austin.utexas.edu