Applications for Autumn 2023 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, 2022 - PhD applications deadline (For PhD applicants, a limited number of teaching assistantships will be available beginning Autumn 2023.) 
  • March 2 and 3, 2023 - 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, 2023 -  Part-time and Concurrent MS applications deadline. 
  • December 30, 2022 - Full-time fee-based Statistics Master's applications deadline for Autumn 2023 admissions. 

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

The following materials are required for applications to both the M.S. and Ph.D. programs:

  1. Online application and payment of $85 non-refundable application fee. A very limited number of waivers, typically aimed at facilitating applications from members of underrepresented groups, are available
  2. Online submission of resume/vitae
  3. Online submission of Statement of Purpose
  4. Online submission of unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  5. Online submission of official TOEFL score or IELTS (7.0 minimum) score (institution code 4854)
  6. Online submission of three letters of recommendation

The following materials are optional for applications to both the M.S. and Ph.D. programs:

  1. Optional: online submission of Personal History Statement
  2. Optional: GRE Mathematics Subject Test

The following materials are optional for applications to the Ph.D. program only:

  1. Optional: online submission of Funding Needs Survey, if financial assistance is desired.

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:

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.

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.

Statement of Purpose

The Statement of Purpose is an opportunity to share information with the Admissions Committee that supplements and contextualizes your other application materials. The Statement of Purpose should be a concise, well-written essay briefly discussing:

  1. Reasons you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Statistics
  2. Reasons you may have for applying to our program specifically
  3. Your preparation for the field of study in Statistics
  4. What area(s) of research interests you
  5. Any research experience you have actively participated in that has influenced your career choice
  6. Your career plans
  7. Any other information that may aid the selection committee in evaluating your preparation and qualifications for graduate study in our department

The information in the Statement of Purpose should supplement rather than repeat the information that is in your resume / vitae and in your transcripts. The best Statements of Purpose tell a coherent story about who you are and who you want to be as a professional.

The recommended length for the Statement of Purpose is one to two pages.

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. 

Letters of recommendation

All applicants should arrange to have three letters of recommendation to be submitted online.  Letters of recommendation provide insight into abilities, strengths, and weaknesses that cannot be reflected in grades and test scores alone. You should select referees who know your work well and will write a frank and detailed letter of appraisal of you and of your likely success in our graduate statistics program. Letters that speak to your mathematical or statistical abilities, any special experience that you might have (in statistical applications, for example), or your potential for research are particularly welcome.

Choose the people who will write letters of recommendation for you with care and observe the protocols of courtesy by letting them know that you will submit their contact information with their permission.  Please also remember to inform your recommenders that the department's deadline to receive supplemental materials is the same as the application deadline.  After you submit their contact information, your referees will receive an email including the recommendation deadline, information pertaining to your right of access to view recommendations, and a link for submitting a recommendation.

Personal History Statement

The University of Washington is invested in recruiting a diverse and inclusive graduate student population. The Personal History Statement is an optional opportunity to provide additional context about your experiences as they relate to diversity, inclusion, and equity. For example, this statement might 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 History Statement also provides an opportunity for you to discuss any personal hardships that you might have faced and overcome during your academic journey, to explain any aspect of your application that you might wish to elucidate, and to provide any additional details about your background and interests that might help the committee evaluate your application.

Please note that the Personal History Statement is not required. Also, the Personal History Statement should not duplicate the Statement of Purpose. The Admissions Committee understands that it might be hard to separate your personal history from other factors that might affect your career plans and/or research interests that you are expected to cover in the Statement of Purpose. When writing your statements, please keep in mind that the Committee will be reading both documents in parallel and will be using the information in them to understand you as a person, as well as the context of your application. The information in the Personal History Statement may also be used in aggregate to report to funding agencies and in applications for funding opportunities for eligible students.

The recommended length for the Personal History Statement is one page.

GRE scores

The department does not require the submission of any GRE test scores.  Scores in the GRE General Test are not used at all by our department in making admission decisions to our programs.  GRE Mathematics Subject Test scores are optional, and can be used by students to demonstrate a level of skill in mathematics that exceeds what could be inferred from other application materials.  However, not submitting GRE Mathematics Subject Test scores has no negative effect on an applicant's changes of being admitted into our graduate programs.

Ph.D. Application Fee Waiver

Ph.D. application fee waivers are available for qualifying applicants from the Department of Statistics. An application fee waiver request should be submitted at least (14) days before the posted application deadline. To apply for a Ph.D. application fee waiver, please submit your request to The request should include a brief justification.  Your request will be reviewed by the Statistics Graduate Program. A notification will be sent to you via email.

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.

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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: