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 GMAT will not be accepted as a substitute for the GRE.

The GPA average of our recently admitted PhD students is 3.80 on a 4 point system, and the corresponding average of the 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.

Begin by creating a My Grad School profile.

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):
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • CV or resúmé
  • Mathematics background information sheet
  • Copies of official transcripts from all previously attended universities (official copies will be required for enrollment). 
  • Official GRE scores
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS report (international applicants only)
  • Application fee to the University of Texas Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC)

GIAC Contact Information (including addresses and phone numbers)

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.

Currently Enrolled MS in Statistics Students

Currently enrolled MS in Statistics students who wish to enter the doctoral program from the M.S. program in Statistics at UT Austin will not be required to submit a formal application to the University. These candidates will submit their application using the Application to Another Major process (including the personal statement and three letters of recommendation). In addition to a review of their academic progress in the master’s program, students might be interviewed to assess their qualifications and competitiveness for the PhD program. Students would be admitted into the PhD program after the completion of the master's report.