University of Minnesota

School of Statistics' home page.


Requirements for admission to the MS and PhD programs in statistics are detailed in the descriptions of Degree Programs.

The Graduate Program in Statistics ordinarily grants admission for entry in the fall semester. Entry in spring or summer semester is rare and only considered under special circumstances. There are normally no graduate level courses in statistics during the summer.

Application and Admission

Note about the University of Minnesota Graduate School's online application for admission: This online application is not complete until you pay the fee and submit the application. All materials are submitted electronically through the ApplyYourself application system. Admission decisions are communicated to you after your application is carefully reviewed by the School of Statistics' admission committee and your transcripts and any credentials (test reports, diploma copies, etc.) are authenticated by University of Minnesota Graduate School officials.

International applicants: The internet-based TOEFL is required for all applicants for whom English is not their native language (All non-US citizens, with the exception of the citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom). The TOEFL score can be waived if the application has a degree from a U.S. institution or from an institution in another English-only speaking country. To be considered for financial support from the School of Statistics, a minimum total score of 100 is required for the internet-based TOEFL. The school will receive your TOEFL scores from the Graduate School Application. The following table gives the minimum requirements to be considered for admission to the University of Minnesota.

Examination Minimum score
TOEFL 550 (paper based) or 79 (Internet based)

Application Process


December 5 is the application deadline for applicants who wish to be considered for financial aid. Applications received by December 5 are given priority consideration for admission and financial support. Applications received after December 5 are considered on a space and funds available basis. March 15 is the final application deadline, though we strongly urge you to submit your application well before this deadline.

Questions about your application should be directed to:

Graduate Student Admissions
phone: 612-625-3014

You will need to submit the following materials in order to have a complete application file:

Required Materials Where to submit How to submit
Application ApplyYourself Required fields: Personal Information, Application Information, Educational Background, Languages, Awards & Activities, Employment/Residence Information, Financial Support, Applicant Statements #1 & #2, and Recommendations. Apply online
Application Fee ApplyYourself View more information about fees
Transcripts ApplyYourself Unofficial transcripts or academic records should be uploaded directly to the online application. Please do not mail in paper copies of your transcripts, there is no need for official transcripts or academic records for initial review.
If you are admitted, the University will then request official copies of this material.
Read more about transcripts and credentials
Letters of Recommendation ApplyYourself Acceptable recommendations will come from current or former professors who can assess your potential for graduate work. Other recommenders, such as employers, are also acceptable. Paper copies are not accepted.
English Language test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) ApplyYourself Read more about TOEFL scores
GRE Scores ApplyYourself The School of Statistics requires the general GRE scores for admission. The mathematics subject test is not required. Scores should be entered in the Test Information-Self-Reported field in ApplyYourself. Read more about the GRE

Your application will be reviewed as soon as all the above information is received and you will be notified when the decision is made. The School of Statistics does not send acknowledgments upon receipt of applications nor will we automatically notify applicants of missing documents. It is your responsibility to ensure the arrival of all necessary documents to their correct recipients.