The application period for Fall 2020 is now open. The deadlines are January 15th for Ph.D. (and priority applications for M.S.) and February 15th for M.S.

Admissions Requirements

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. Applicants for the Ph.D. must have at least one semester or two quarters of advanced calculus at a level equivalent to Mathematics 25 and Mathematics 125A and a quarter of linear algebra at a level equivalent to Mathematics 67. The program does not accept part-time students.

The minimum requirements for the Statistics graduate 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 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.
  • For international students, a score on the internet-based TOEFL (or IELTS) at or above the university minimum of 80 (7 for IELTS) is required if the applicant does not have an undergraduate degree, or prior graduate degree, from an approved English-medium institution. (note: if a TOEFL score is not available we will accept IELTS scores, with a score of 7 or above on a 9 point scale. Scores must be no more than two years old)

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.

Diversity Statement: 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.

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 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. 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.

How to Apply


The final deadline for all PhD application materials is January 15th. This is also the deadline for fellowship applications, and the priority deadline for MS applications.

For M.S. applicants the final deadline is February 15th, though the first review 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 to ours.


Applications are made online at the Office of Graduate Studies; details of how to apply can be found on their website: (

The application fee is $120 for domestic applicants and $140 for international applicants. This fee is paid online at the time of application, and you can pay by credit card or by e-check. Please do not send checks or cash to the department. The application fee is non-refundable.

Three Letters of Recommendation must be submitted electronically along with your online application. Please do not have hard copies sent to the department.

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.  For more details visit

GRE / TOEFL: Please submit all Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores to the graduate program coordinator. We require the General GRE test only, with a minimum combined score of 295, and you must have taken the test within the last five years prior to the anticipated date of entry into the program (for example, Fall 2017 entry, the earliest date for your GRE must be 9/15/12). If your scores are more than five years old, you will be required to take the test again before you can be admitted. When requesting your official GRE score be sent to us, please use institutional code 4834, department code 0704 or 0705, and list the department as Statistics. Applicants whose native language or language of instruction is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam; if you received a Bachelor's degree or higher in the United States (or other English-speaking country) you can waive this requirement. We require a minimum TOEFL score of 80 for the internet-based TOEFL (iBT), and scores must be no more than two years old. Our TOEFL department code is 59.

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. Please be sure however to submit an application for internal fellowships; please go to Graduate Studies ( for more details.

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. If you have any further queries, please contact:

Graduate Programs Coordinators:

Sarah Driver (, for all graduate program enquiries.