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Admission Requirements


Admission Requirements

Background in mathematics, statistics, or a quantitative field, with 30 or more quarter credits in mathematics and statistics, to include a year of advanced (second-year) calculus, one course in linear algebra, and one course in probability theory; Graduate Record Examination scores (the Advanced Mathematics subject test is strongly encouraged but not required); a statement of purpose; and three letters of recommendation from appropriate former or current faculty.

Applications for Autumn 2018 may be submitted online at the Graduate School Application website. We ONLY accept applications for Autumn quarter.

The deadlines for COMPLETED applications are:

All applicants for graduate studies in Statistics are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test and 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:

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.


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:

  1. Online application and payment of $85 non-refundable application fee (or $75 for Graduate Non-Matriculated applications, subject to change without notice)
  2. Online submission of Statement of Purpose
  3. Submission of official GRE score (all applicants via ETS - institution code 4854) and online submission of self-reported GRE score (all applicants) and TOEFL score (most international applicants*)
  4. Online submission of three letters of recommendation**
  5. Online submission of unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  6. Online submission of resume/vitae
  7. Optional: online submission of GRE Advanced Mathematics Subject Test score
  8. Optional: online submission of Assistantship & Fellowship application (PDF document), if financial assistantship is desired

All of the above materials should be submitted using the Graduate School application web site.

OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS ARE NOT REQUIRED. You may send unofficial transcripts via the online application system. If you are unable to submit them online or choose to submit hard copy materials (transcripts, letters), please mail them to:

Standard postal mail:
University of Washington
Department of Statistics – (PhD, or MS (full-time), or MS (part-time)) Admissions Committee
B-313 Padelford Hall, Campus Box 354322
Seattle, WA 98195-4322

Express or courier service (FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.):
University of Washington
Department of Statistics – (PhD, or MS (full-time) or MS (part-time)) Admissions Committee
B-313 Padelford Hall
Seattle, WA 98195-4322

If you have further questions, the Stat admissions FAQ may be of help, or your questions may be answered below.

Important Note for International Applicants:

* The following are exempt from taking the TOEFL or IELTS (We are phasing out usage of IELTS. IELTS with a test session date after May 30, 2017 will not be accepted): 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. OR 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) is required. Test scores are valid for two years and must be valid on the date the application is submitted. For more information on English language requirements, please see the Graduate School's Memorandum No. 8. PLEASE NOTE: As noted above, usage of IELTS is being phased out. IELTS with a test session after May 30, 2017 will not be accepted.

** If your recommenders prefer to send hard-copy letters, they should be addressed to the Department at: University of Washington, Department of Statistics -- (PhD or MS (full-time)) Admissions Committee, B-313 Padelford Hall, Campus Box 354322, Seattle WA 98195-4322. We STRONGLY encourage recommenders to use the online submission of letter.

NOTE: 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.

NOTE: Domestic Applicants - When you accept your formal offer of admission, you must then provide an official final degree transcript to the Graduate School.

Standard postal mail:
University of Washington
Graduate Enrollment Management Services
Box 352191
Seattle, WA 98195-2191

Express or courier service (FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.):
University of Washington
Graduate Enrollment Management Services
301 Loew Hall
3920 Stevens Way
Seattle, WA 98195-2191


Information for Non-Matriculated and Graduate Non-Matriculated Students

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:

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 should:

Graduate Non-Matriculated students should:

Graduate Non-Matriculated: application deadlines are September 1 for Autumn quarter; December 1 for Winter quarter; March 1 for Spring quarter; and May15 for Summer quarter.

Please send GNM transcripts and statement of purpose to:

Standard postal mail:
University of Washington
Department of Statistics - GNM Admissions Committee
B-313 Padelford Hall, Campus Box 354322
Seattle, WA 98195-4322

Express or courier service (FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.):
University of Washington
Department of Statistics - GNM Admissions Committee
B-313 Padelford Hall
Seattle, WA 98195-4322

Visiting Graduate Students should:

For more information: http://www.grad.washington.edu/admissions/visitinggrad.htm


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: