Admission Requirements

Applications for Autumn 2021 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


The deadlines for COMPLETED applications are:

  • December 1, 2020 - PhD applications (For PhD applicants, a limited number of teaching assistantships will be available beginning Autumn 2021). We are no longer accepting applications for Autumn 2020.

  • March 5, 2021 - Accepted Ph.D. applicants will be invited to attend the Department's Virtual Visitation Day. This virtual series of events 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.
  • Traditionally, Visitation Day is held in person at UW, and the department will reconsider this option in January 2021, or as soon as circumstances permit.
  • April 15, 2021 -  Part-time and Concurrent MS applications 

Applicants for graduate studies in Statistics are strongly encouraged but not required to take the GRE Mathematics Subject Test. 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. Application instructions, including how to apply to the UW Graduate School electronically, are posted at Application for Graduate Admission

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). Almost all of our graduate students are supported through teaching assistantships. To be eligible, you need to satisfy the above and also have either:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited US institution
  • A score of at least 26 on the speaking section of the TOEFL-iBT or 7.0 on the speaking section of the IELTS.

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.

 

Submit your application online

Apply through the UW Graduate School website Application for Graduate Admission. The online application will ask you to select a program to apply to, and allow you to save your progress and complete the application over multiple sessions. Do not mail application materials to the department. Please disregard any instructions stating otherwise in the UW application. Please upload PDF files only.

All materials (including transcripts) should be submitted using the Graduate School online application.  A complete application consists of:

  1. Online application and payment of $85 non-refundable application fee (or $75 for Graduate Non-Matriculated applications, subject to change without notice). Go here for The Graduate School FAQ for application fee waivers.
  2. Online submission of Statement of Purpose
  3. Submission of official TOEFL score (most international applicants*) (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: online submission of GRE Advanced Mathematics Subject Test score
  9. Optional: online submission of Assistantship & Fellowship application (PDF document), if financial assistantship is desired

Applicants will be required to submit official transcripts once admitted; do not mail them until requested.

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.

Deadline: All PhD application materials for the graduate school and the department must be received by December 1.

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:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited US institution
  • A score of at least 26 on the speaking section of the TOEFL-iBT.

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) is required. Test scores are valid for two years and must be valid on the date the application is submitted. PLEASE NOTE: We are phasing out usage of IELTS. IELTS with a test session date after May 30, 2017 will not be accepted.