Applications for Autumn 2022 may be submitted online at the Graduate School Application website. We ONLY accept applications for Autumn quarter. Application instructions, including how to apply electronically, are posted at Application for Graduate Admission

As part of our commitment to increasing diversity, equity and inclusion in the profession, students and postdocs in the Department of Statistics offer a Pre-Application Review Service (PARS) to help applicants to Ph.D. programs (either at UW or any other programs) develop more competitive applications.  This program is separate from our Ph.D. admission process.  You can find more information about PARS here.

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Applying as an M.S. or Ph.D student

Applying as a non-matriculated student

Applying as a visiting student

Important Dates

  • December 1, 2021 - PhD applications deadline (For PhD applicants, a limited number of teaching assistantships will be available beginning Autumn 2022.) We are no longer accepting applications for Autumn 2022.
  • March 3 and 4, 2022 - Accepted Ph.D. applicants will be invited to attend the Department's Visit Days. This will provide an opportunity to learn about the campus, meet the faculty, staff, and students, learn more about the academic program, and about living in Seattle, by interacting with students, staff and faculty.
  • April 15, 2022 -  Part-time and Concurrent MS applications deadline. 
  • December 31, 2021 - Full-time fee-based Statistics Master's applications deadline for Autumn 2022 admissions. 

Applying as an M.S. or Ph.D. student

The GRE Mathematics Subject Test is optional for applicants to graduate studies. All applicants should arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted online. Unofficial transcripts are required from all previous schools attended. A statement of purpose is also required.

NOTE: If you would like to be considered for the PhD and the full-time MS program, please submit separate applications by the respective application deadlines.

ALL MATERIALS (INCLUDING TRANSCRIPTS) SHOULD BE SUBMITTED ONLINE. Please do NOT mail any materials to the department unless you are unable to submit them online. A complete application consists of:

  1. Online application and payment of $85 non-refundable application fee
  2. Online submission of Statement of Purpose
  3. Online submission of official TOEFL score or IELTS (7.0 minimum) score (institution code 4854)
  4. Online submission of three letters of recommendation
  5. Online submission of Personal Statement
  6. Online submission of unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  7. Online submission of resume/vitae
  8. Optional: The GRE Mathematics Subject Test is optional.
  9. Optional: online submission of Assistantship & Fellowship application (PDF document), if financial assistantship is desired.  (Please note that financial assistantship and fellowship are rarely available to the full time MS STAT applicants)

If you have further questions, the Stat admissions FAQ may be of help, or your questions may be answered below.

The Department of Statistics believes diversity is integral to the well-being of our programs in particular and the field of statistics in general.

We welcome applicants with varied cultural and personal experiences, from varying socio-economic and academic backgrounds, and of differing racial identities, ages, gender identities and sexual orientations.

We are committed to providing a well-rounded education that combines academic rigor with hands-on training in a supportive, socially responsible and inclusive environment that offers access and opportunity for all.


Personal Statement

The personal statement is an optional opportunity to provide context about your experiences as they relate to diversity, inclusion, and equity. We encourage all applicants to submit a personal statement of up to one page in length so that the admissions committee may get to know you better as a person. This statement can discuss your experience(s) as an individual from a traditionally underrepresented group in higher education; your perspective on issues related to diversity, inclusion, and equity; or any topics related to these themes. The personal statement can also include a description of how your experiences have affected your academic career and trajectory, your experience with higher education, your career plans, and/or your research interests.

If there is anything in your application you wish to explain further, the personal statement is a place to do this.

While admission decisions are predominantly based on an applicant’s academic performance, the personal statement provides a context for the rest of your application. This information may also be used in aggregate to report to funding agencies and in applications for funding opportunities for eligible students.

Please note that the personal statement is not required.

Official Transcripts

International Applicants

When you receive notification that you have been recommended for admission by your graduate program, you must then submit official transcripts and additional application materials to the Graduate School.  Please refer to the Official Transcript Requirements page for details.

Domestic Applicants

When you accept your formal offer of admission, you must then provide an official final degree transcript to the Graduate School.  Please refer to the Official Transcript Requirements page for details.

English Language Requirements

All international and immigrant status applicants-including transfer applicants-whose native language is not English are required by the Graduate School to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). For more information on English language requirements, please see the Graduate School's Memorandum No. 8. Almost all of our graduate students are supported through teaching assistantships. To be eligible, you need to satisfy the above and also have either:

1. Meet the general English language proficiency requirement per the Graduate School's Memorandum No. 8. 

2. Meet the additional spoken English language proficiency requirement in one of the four following ways Per the Graduate School's Memorandum No. 15:

A. Hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution from the countries noted in Memo #15.

B. Hold a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Juris Doctor (JD) from a regionally accredited institution located in the United States where English is the medium of instruction.

C. Demonstrate spoken English proficiency with a test score on file at the UW of at least 26 on the speaking section of the TOEFL-ibT.

D. Pass an appeal interview.

E. Pass English 105

3. Participate in the International Teaching Assistant Program at the Center for Teaching and Learning.

If you have a score of 23-25 on the speaking section of the TOEFL, then if you are admitted, you may take the VERSANT test after you arrive. With a sufficiently high score, you are qualified to teach. Otherwise, you will be required to enroll in and pass English 105.

The following are exempt from taking the TOEFL:

  • applicants who hold either a bachelor's, masters or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or from an institution in Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, or the United Kingdom. While enrolled at the degree-granting school, the student must be in residence on campus.
  • applicants who can provide documentation verifying that their undergraduate degree is from an institution (in a country other than those listed above) where all instruction is in English.

For all others, a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) minimum score of 7.0 is required. Test scores are valid for two years and must be valid on the date the application is submitted. 

Applying as a Non-Matriculated student

This information is for people who are not UW students, and who want to take one or more Statistics courses. There are two options available depending on your educational goals:

  • Non-Matriculated ("NM") student status should be obtained by people who want to take courses for personal or professional enrichment.
  • Graduate Non-Matriculated ("GNM") student status should be obtained by people who intend to apply to our graduate program at a later date and who wish to apply up to 12 credits of coursework to a possible future degree.

Students in either category who are faculty or staff members at the University of Washington may use their tuition exemption benefit. Information on this benefit may be found at the Human Resources Tuition Exemption benefit page.

Non-Matriculated Students

  • Follow the registration procedures at the Non-Degree Enrollment site Non-Degree Enrollment site.
  • Obtain permission from the course instructor.
  • Bring registration forms to the department for signatures after the instructor has signed.

Graduate Non-Matriculated Students

Apply online through the Graduate School Application.

A complete online application consists of:

  1. Online application and payment of $75 application fee
  2. Online submission of a brief Statement of Purpose listing courses you plan to take and your future goals
  3. Online submission of three letters of recommendation
  4. Online submission of unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  5. Online submission of resume/vitae

Graduate Non-Matriculated Deadlines

  • Autumn quarter - September 1st
  • Winter quarter - December 1st
  • Spring quarter - March 1st
  • Summer quarter - May 15th

Visiting Graduate Students

  • Submit a Graduate School application form to the Graduate Admissions Office
  • Apply online at: Apply online.

For more information:

Contact us

If you have any further questions, or if you intend to visit the campus, please feel free to contact us. We will be happy to meet with you and to answer your questions. The Stat admissions FAQ may answer some questions you have about the application process. Otherwise please address them to the following: