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


Questions about student life

• What is the department’s graduate student population like?
• 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 to 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?


For fall admission, the PhD Statistics deadline is December 15.

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?


No. Students are admitted to the PhD 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.
  • A CV or resúmé
  • 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 PhD 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
• Programming
• Real Analysis

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 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 cpourse of study that satisfactorily covers many of the key subjects in these degrees from an accredited college or university.

 

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


There is no minimum GRE test score but there is a minimum 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.

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.

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?


Yes. It is our intention that each PhD Statistics student will be fully financially supported for four academic years. Financial support will consist of an assistantship with either teaching or research duties. Support is subject to satisfactory academic progress and satisfactory performance of assistantship duties.

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 52+ hours of course work, distributed as follows:

  1. 28 hours of required courses in statistical theory and methods
  2. Six hours of substantive area of focus (e.g., computer science, finance, biology, neuroscience)
  3. Six hours of electives
  4. Twelve+ hours of dissertation.

The PhD Statistics program normally takes four years to complete.

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


Please read the prerequisites here.


Questions about student life

What is the department’s graduate student population like?


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

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 Statistics 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.