Questions about admissions

• How do I apply?
• What are the deadlines for the required admissions applications at The University of Texas at Austin?
• Does the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences accept spring or summer applications?
• Do you have a part-time or evening program?
• Which GIAC application should I choose?
• How do I obtain a UT EID?
• What documents do I need to submit for my application?
• How do I check the status of my application?

• Do I need a degree in Mathematics to be admitted to the M.S. in Statistics program?
• What criteria are used to evaluate students for admission to the program?
• Is there a minimum GRE score or GPA required for admission?
• Are there minimum TOEFL Scores?
• Where should ETS send my test scores?
• Whom can I contact if I need assistance with my application or have additional questions?

Questions about funding

• If I am admitted, will I automatically be offered financial aid?
• What types of financial assistance are there?

Questions about how the program works

• How long is the program?
• Can I transfer other coursework I’ve completed elsewhere into this program?
• I am a Ph.D. student in another department, what steps do I need to take to earn a MS in Statistics?
• What are the prerequisites for SDS 384.2, Mathematical Statistics I?
• What is a master’s report?
• Where do I find a first reader, who must be a member of the Graduate Studies Committee, for my master’s report?

Questions about student life

• What is the department’s graduate student population like?
• What do I do if I want to file a grievance?
• I’m worried that I will be “just a number” at such a large university.
• What is life in Austin like?


Questions about admissions

How do I apply?


Please see the “How to Apply" section of the Admissions page.

What are the deadlines for the required admissions applications at The University of Texas at Austin?


We are not currently accepting applications for the MS in Statistics program.

Does the Department of Statistics and data sciences accept spring or summer applications?


The Department of Statistics and Data Sciences only accepts applications for Fall admission.

Do you have a part-time or evening program?


Students are admitted to the MS in Statistics program with the understanding that they will be traditional full-time students.

Which GIAC application should I choose?

• New to UT-Austin: Graduate Admissions
• Former UT-Austin student: Graduate
• Current UT-Austin graduate student: Application to Another Graduate Major

How do I obtain a UT EID?


Complete and submit your Apply Texas application. The Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) will send your UT EID by email a few days after you apply. GIAC assigns the UT EID so, contact GIAC directly if you have any question about this or the ApplyTexas application. Your UT EID should be included in all correspondence to the department and university.
Please do not create another EID for yourself. Only the EID that will be sent to you in the email acknowledging receipt of your Apply Texas application will be linked to your academic record.

What documents do I need to submit for my application?

• ApplyTexas application required
• Transcripts: If you are currently enrolled or about to enter a program at a university, list it on your Apply Texas application. Only transcripts from senior colleges attended are needed.
• Tests: Tests must be taken before MS in Statistics application deadline. If test scores are not received by the deadline, include your test date(s) on the Apply Texas application.
1. GRE: required, ETS should send to institution code 6882
2. TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Required if your native country’s primary language is not English. Waived if you have a bachelor's from an accredited U.S. institution or other English-only speaking country. If you qualify for waiver enter ‘0’ on department application. See Graduate School's site on Test Scores
• A statement of purpose: Approximately two pages describing reasons for pursuing graduate study in statistics. Please discuss your academic preparedness to undertake graduate study and include special circumstances in your background that might indicate the potential for success in a graduate statistics program.
• Three letters of recommendation: Letter should be written by whose who are familiar with your academic qualifications. Letters from professors who have had you in a mathematics or statistics courses are best. Letters from employers are usually not useful in judging your qualifications, unless your employer has qualifications in mathematics and statistics at a master’s level or higher.

How do I check the status of my application?


Check your Admission status here. 

Do I need a degree in Mathematics to be admitted to the M.S. in Statistics program?


No. However, the Admissions Committee looks for a strong performance in the following courses:

  • Calculus
  • Calculus-based probability
  • Introductory statistics
  • Linear Algebra
  • Mathematical statistics

What criteria are used to evaluate students for admission to the program?


The main criteria used to evaluate applicants for graduate study in statistics: letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, grades, test scores, and mathematical background.

Is there a minimum GRE score or GPA required for admission?


There is no minimum GRE test score.

A grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or comparable grade point average in upper-division work (junior- and senior-level courses) and in any graduate work already completed.

If you feel that your GRE score or GPA are not valid indicators of your ability, you should explain your concerns in your statement of purpose.

Are there minimum TOEFL Scores?


A score of 550 (paper test), 213 (computer-based test), or 79 (internet-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is considered the minimum acceptable score for admission to The University of Texas at Austin. If you hold a bachelor's degree from a U.S. institution or from an institution in another English-only speaking country, you will receive a waiver of the TOEFL. The requirement will not be waived for the TOEFL if you earned only a master's degree from a U.S institution or from an institution in another English-only speaking country.

Where should ETS send my test scores?


Request ETS to report official test scores to UT Austin (institution code: 6882). A department code is not required.

Whom can I contact if I need assistance with my application or have additional questions?


Contact the Graduate Coordinator.


Questions about funding

If I am admitted, will I automatically be offered financial aid?


No. Students need to apply for financial aid. There are a limited number of Teaching Assistant positions that MS in Statistics students can apply for after completing their first semester.

What types of financial assistance are there?


The Graduate School offers an overview of the different sources of financial aid and how to fund your education here.


Questions about how the program works

How long is the program?


The degree consists of 33 hours of course work, distributed as follows:

1. Six hours of mathematical statistics including three hours of SDS 384 Topic 2: Mathematical Statistics I and three hours of SDS 384 Topic 3: Mathematical Statistics II. These courses must be taken on a graded basis.
2. Six hours of classical statistics including three hours of SDS 384 Topic 4: Regression Analysis and three hours of SDS 384 Topic 6: Design and Analysis of Experiments. These courses must be taken on a graded basis.
3. Three hours of Bayesian statistics: SDS 384.7 Bayesian Methods.
4. Three hours of consulting seminar: SDS 388.
5. Six hours from an approved list of major elective statistics courses. The approved list of major elective statistics courses can be found in the SDS office.
5. Six hours of approved minor elective supporting coursework, which may be in a subject area other than statistics, and together with the other degree coursework, makes a coherent degree program.
6. Three hours of a master’s report.

The Master's in Statistics program normally takes two years or less to complete.

Can I transfer other coursework I’ve completed elsewhere into this program?


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.

(Look here for additional details about transferring coursework.)

I am a Ph.D. student in another department, what steps do I need to take to earn a MS in Statistics?

  • Contact the Graduate Coordinator to discuss your interest.
  • Complete a Ph.D. to M.S. in Statistics Application.
  • During the semester you intend to receive the degree, you need to officially switch to the M.S. Statistics program. (Let your Ph.D. program know about your plans, so they can re-admit you next semester.)
  • Switch back to your Ph.D. program the following semester.

What are the prerequisites for SDS 384.2, Mathematical Statistics I?


Please read the prerequisites here.

What is a master’s report?


The master’s report is a 20–30 page report exhibiting a certain degree of technical rigor (clear formulas, definitions, and competent analysis).

The Master's Report is a substantive, publishable-quality paper synthesizing a domain or area of investigation that demonstrates familiarity with major concepts and issues in a theoretical and rigorous manner. Topics may include concepts, theories, and research relevant to the field of interest to the student and approved by the faculty supervisor and likely will entail an exploration of problems and professional activities emerging from a student's program of study.

The Master's Report provides an opportunity to:

  • Develop greater understanding of a topic related to the field
  • Explore problems and issues encountered during studies that require in-depth review and analysis
  • Reflect student learning by serving as the final product of several years of study and reflection
  • Demonstrate that the student is an insightful consumer of research, and can evaluate theory and research in the field
  • Develop applications to a significant problem
  • Represent a synthesis and application of the literature on a topic
  • Apply the critical evaluation of empirical studies on the topic

According to our accreditation requirements:

• Method: Performance Appraisal of General Scholarly Writing in Master’s Report

The master’s report will meet standards of general scholarly writing. Criteria:  1. The report will include an introduction that describes the project, gives any relevant background, and reviews relevant references, as appropriate for the particular project. 2. The style will follow the format for a journal in the field of the study.

• Method: Performance Appraisal of Technical Writing in Master’s Report

The master’s report will meet standards of technical writing. Criteria: 1.  Methods and conclusions are clearly explained. 2. Technical terminology and notation are used correctly.

Where do I find a first reader, who must be a member of the Graduate Studies Committee, for my master’s report?


Members of the Graduate Studies Committee and their research interests can be found here.


Questions about student life

What is the Department's graduate student population like?


Information about current MS in Statistics students can be found here.

What do I do if I want to file a grievance?


The process for filing student grievances can be found here. Dr. Tim Keitt is the SDS contact for student grievances.

I’m worried that I will be “just a number” at such a large university.


While it is true that The University of Texas at Austin is a very large institution, as a graduate student you will mostly identify with the Department of Stastistics and Data Sciences. Your core classes will be mostly with the same group of students. You really will not notice the size of the university except to appreciate the wide variety of experiences and opportunities available to you at such an institution.

Our students will tell you that this is a very friendly department. The faculty, staff, and other students will help you if you ask for help. Our faculty truly care about teaching. We have a cadre of students willing to serve as “email mentors” to potential students who are considering an offer from the division. If you would like to correspond with such a student, please ask the Graduate Coordinator for a contact.

What is life in Austin like?


Austin often ranks high on lists of best places to live and work. Look here for resources related to living in Austin.