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Questions about admissions

• How do I apply?
• What are the deadlines for the required admissions applications at The University of Texas at Austin?

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?


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.


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