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General Information

  • Application deadline for all materials: December 15 (fall admission only)
  • Application available: September 1
  • Part-time Study Available? NO
  • Distance Learning Available? NO
  • Admissions decisions communicated: February – March 2020


For full consideration, you should submit your information before December 15. Late information will not be included in the initial ranking process but might be available to the review committee during deliberations.

Criteria for Admission

Admission decisions will be based upon consideration of several factors including letters of recommendation, courses previously taken, G.P.A., GRE scores, and the number of places available in the program.The GPA average of our recently admitted PhD students is 3.80 on a 4 point scale, and the corresponding average ofthe quantitative GRE is at the 93.27 percentile. We do not accept GMAT scores.

To be eligible for admission into the PhD Statistics program, an applicant must demonstrate each of the following:
  • Adequate subject preparation for a PhD in Statistics. Evidence of such preparation would be either 
    • i) an earned master's degree in Applied Statistics, Mathematical Statistics, Biostatistics, or an equivalent to any of these from an accredited college or university; OR
    • ii) an earned bachelor's degree in Mathematics, Statistics, or a course of study that satisfactorily covers many of the key subjects in these degrees from an accredited college or university.
  • A GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or comparable grade point average in upper-division work and any graduate work already completed (3.4 or higher is recommended)
  • Evidence of strong performance in the following courses:
    • Calculus
    • Calculus-based probability
    • Introductory statistics (including the basics of statistical inference: sampling distributions, hypothesis testing, and confidence intervals)
    • Linear algebra
    • Mathematical Statistics
    • Programming
    • Real Analysis
  • Acceptable performance on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). (80% or above on the Quantitative section is recommended)
  • A statement of purpose discussing the intellectual preparedness of the applicant to undertake graduate studies in statistics or to special circumstances in an applicant's background that might indicate the potential for success in a graduate statistics program
  • Letters of recommendation, preferably written by those who are familiar with the applicant's academic qualifications
  • CV or resúmé
  • English proficiency: international students whose native language is not English must also submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
  • If applicable, please include statement of interest in the Biomedical Big Data predoctoral training grant


How to Apply

The PhD Statistics Admission Committee begins reviewing applications for fall admission in december of each year. Applications must be received by December 15.

To apply, follow these steps:
  • Go to www.applytexas.org and follow all online application instructions (please note that application might not be available until September 1 of the year before your desired start date)
  • Electronically upload or request that the following be sent to the University of Texas Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC):
    1. Three letters of recommendation written by those who are familiar with your academic qualifications. Letters from professors who have had you in mathematics or statistics courses are the 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
    2. A statement of purpose discussing the intellectual preparedness of the applicant to undertake graduate studies in statistics or highlighting special circumstances in an applicant's background that might indicate the potential for success in a graduate statistics program
    3. CV or résumé
    4. Mathematics background information sheet (available in the applytexas application)
    5. Copies of official transcripts from all previously attended universities (official copies will be required for enrollment)
    6. Official GRE scores
    7. Official TOEFL or IELTS report (international applicants only)
  • Application fee to the University of Texas Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) 
The test code for Educational Testing Service (ETS) is 6882 (no department code required).

To check to see if application materials have been received, use the online Application Status Check.

Admissions Decisions

Applicants can check their application status using Application Status Check.

Please see After Your Decision page for any next steps.

Note to Applicants Denied Admission: Admissions to the PhD in Statistics program is overseen by the Admissions Committee that is composed of experienced faculty members who are best-suited to determine the individuals who best meet program standards. Unfortunately, when there are more qualified applicants than can adequately be instructed by the faculty or accommodated in the facilities, the Admissions Committee may deny admission to many applicants. Admissions recommendations to the graduate dean are final; there is no appeal. Please note, that the Admissions Committee does not provide feedback on individual applications or admissions decisions.