Admissions

The Fall 2023 Application is Now Open! 

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OCTOBER 25th, 2022: MS & PhD Virtual Information Session: View recording here


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APPLICATION DEADLINES:

January 15th: the final deadline for all PhD application materials, the deadline for fellowship applications, and the priority deadline for MS applications.

February 15th: the final deadline for M.S. applications.  The first review of MS applications will take place after the priority January 15 deadline, so we encourage applying by that date.

Please note that if you are applying to another graduate program on campus, they may have a different deadline.

Master's & PhD Information Session (10/28/21): Watch Here!

Admissions Requirements & Prerequisites

An undergraduate major in mathematics or statistics is typical for statistics graduate students, but is not required. However, because of the mathematical nature of some of the graduate coursework, students should be able to demonstrate good mathematical ability. Students without sufficient coursework in mathematics may be admitted with the expectation that sufficient mathematical background will be acquired during the first year of study. The program does not accept part-time students.

Our Statistics and Biostatistics Master's and PhD programs are STEM designated degree programs.
 

  • Master's Program - Minimum Requirements
  • The minimum requirements for the MS program are as follows:
        - Bachelor’s degree with overall GPA of 3.0 or above
        - One year of calculus
        - One course of linear algebra
        - Facility with a programming language
        - Upper division undergraduate coursework in mathematics and/or statistics
        - GRE score of 295 or greater (Quantitative and Verbal combined). Scores must not be more than five years old prior to quarter of admission. 
        - See English Language Testing requirements info below

    Please keep in mind that qualifying is not enough to be accepted. The process is very competitive and only a few of the very best are accepted, so if you lack a strong background in mathematics and statistics you may not be strong enough to be accepted. That having been said our program is one of the most outstanding and therefore definitely worth trying for.
  • PhD Program - Minimum Requirements
  • The minimum requirements for the PhD program are as follows:
        - Bachelor’s degree with overall GPA of 3.0 or above
        - one semester or two quarters of advanced calculus at a level equivalent to Mathematics 25 and Mathematics 125A
        - one quarter of linear algebra at a level equivalent to Mathematics 67
        - GRE score of 295 or greater (Quantitative and Verbal combined). Scores must not be more than five years old prior to quarter of admission. 

    Please keep in mind that qualifying is not enough to be accepted. The process is very competitive and only a few of the very best are accepted, so if you lack a strong background in mathematics and statistics you may not be strong enough to be accepted. That having been said our program is one of the most outstanding and therefore definitely worth trying for.
  • English Language Testing requirements

  • More detailed information can be found on the Graduate Studies admissions pages here

    Applicants are exempt from this requirement if they have earned or will be earning a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree from either:
              - A regionally accredited U.S. college or university where English is the sole language of instruction, OR
              - A foreign college or university which provides instruction solely in English (according to the IAU World Higher Education Database (WHED).

    Applicants who do not meet the above requirements must submit English language test scores no more than two years old:
        - TOEFL iBT Scores (in-person or online exams): minimum of 80
                Note: iBT scores below 104 will require additional coursework or testing to work as a Teaching Assistant (TA).
                Note: TOEFL MyBest scores are not accepted.  You may submit multiple exam scores to UC Davis, each exam score will be reviewed separately.

        - IELTS (in-person or online exams): 7.0 or above on a 9 point scale
        - Duolingo English Test Scores (online exam): 115 or above

    Note: All graduate students are required to enroll in an English language course (UWP225 or UWP226 or equivalent) during their first academic year, unless:
           - Undergrad or grad degree is from approved English-medium institution OR TOEFL = 105+ or IELTS 7.5+ OR TOEFL Writing=24+ and Speaking=23+
  • Funding
  • Please note: funding is currently only offered to Ph.D. applicants.  

    Funding is available to Ph.D. applicants in the form of employment within the department as a Teaching Assistant. Teaching Assistants are eligible for fee remissions; details can be found on our 'Funding' page. We also offer fellowships that cover non-resident tuition (for international or non-California residents) for up to the first two years of doctoral study, (non-resident tuition is reduced to $0 after advancing to PhD Candidacy for three years), contingent on academic progress. PhD applicants who apply on or before January 15th will automatically be considered for financial support within the department; there is no need to submit a TA application. 

    Additionally, all applicants are eligible to apply for internal fellowships offered by the office of Graduate Studies and are encouraged to do so at the time of the online application.  

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We value diversity. The Graduate Program in Statistics is committed to increasing diversity and equity among our graduate student population. Women, members of underrepresented minority groups and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Materials:

Statement of Purpose
Personal History & Diversity Statement

Three letters of recommendation
TOEFL or IELTS scores, if applicable
Copies of transcripts
Application Fee
GRE - GRE scores are required for Fall 2023 admission
 
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Please highlight your academic preparation and motivation; interests, specialization and career goals; and fit for pursuing graduate study at UC Davis.  (4,000 character limit, including spaces).
                  - Preparation and motivation may include your academic and research experiences that prepare you for this graduate program (for example: coursework, employment, fieldwork, foreign language proficiency, independent study, internships, laboratory activities, presentations, publications, teaching, and travel or study abroad) and motivation or passion for graduate study.
                  - Interests, specializations, and career goals may include your interests, disciplinary subfields, area/s of specialization, and professional objectives.
                  - Fit may include how your preparation, experiences, and interests match the specific resources and characteristics of your graduate program at UC Davis. You may identify specific faculty within the program with whom you would like to work and how their interests match your own (PhD only; not required for admission).
  • Personal History & Diversity Statement
  • The University of California Davis, a public institution, is committed to supporting the diversity of the graduate student body and promoting equal opportunity in higher education. This commitment furthers the educational mission to serve the increasingly diverse population and educational needs of California and the nation. Both the Vice Provost of Graduate Education/Dean of Graduate Studies and the University of California affirm that diversity is critical to promoting lively intellectual exchange and the variety of ideas and perspectives essential to advancing higher education and research. Our graduate students contribute to the global pool of future scholars and academic leaders, thus high value is placed on achieving a diverse graduate student body to support the University of California’s academic excellence. We invite you to include in this statement how you may contribute to the diversification of graduate education and the UC Davis community.

    The purpose of this essay is to get to know you as an individual and potential graduate student.  Please describe how your personal background has informed your decision to pursue a graduate degree.  You may include any educational, familial, cultural, economic or social experiences, challenges, community service, outreach activities, residency and citizenship, first-generation college status, or opportunities relevant to your academic journey; how your life experiences contribute to the social, intellectual or cultural diversity within a campus community and your chosen field; or how you might serve educationally underrepresented and underserved segments of society with your graduate education. (4,000 character limit, including spaces).

    This essay should complement but not duplicate the content in the Statement of Purpose.

  • Recommendation Letters

  • Three letters of recommendation must be uploaded directly from your recommenders to your online application. 
    More information can be found here.
     
  • English Language Testing requirements
  • This requirement is automatically WAIVED if the applicant has earned or will be earning a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree from either:
              - A regionally accredited U.S. college or university where English is the sole language of instruction, OR
              - A foreign college or university which provides instruction solely in English.

    Applicants who do not meet the above requirements must submit English language test scores no more than two years old:
        - TOEFL: minimum of 80.  Institution code: 4834.  No department code.
        - IELTS: 7 or above on a 9 point scale
        - Duolingo (Fall 2022 & 2023 only): minimum score 115 (see important note about Duolingo on this page)

    More detailed information can be found here

    If you believe you are eligible for a waiver and the English proficiency examination requirement currently appears in your application, please contact our office (stat-grad-staff@ucdavis.edu).
  • Copies of Transcripts
  • UC Davis requires academic records from each college-level institution you have attended.  You will be instructed to upload scanned copies of your transcripts after you have submitted your online application.  More information can be found here.
  • Application Fees
  • A graduate application fee is required from all applicants. Applicants who choose to apply to more than one graduate program must pay an application fee for each program. The application fee is not refundable and must be paid before the application can be reviewed. Instructions for payment will appear when you submit your online application.  Current fees can be found here.
  • GRE Scores - are required with the application for Fall 2023 admission
  • We require the General GRE test only, and you must have taken the test within the last five years. If your GRE scores are more than five years old, you will be required to take the test again before you can be admitted.

    GRE scores must be sent to UC Davis electronically from ETS. You do not need to list a department code.

    GRE Campus Code: 4834.
    No department code required.

    Your GRE scores will be transmitted to UC Davis electronically and matched to your applicant record using the information you provided in your application. If you apply to more than one graduate program, you only need to send one GRE score to UC Davis

Please note that we only accept entry in the Fall, and we do not admit part-time students. We look forward to hearing from you, and thank you for considering applying to our graduate program. 


Any application or program questions may be directed to our Graduate Programs Coordinators:

stat-grad-staff@ucdavis.edu, for all MS & PhD program inquiries