Applications for Autumn 2020 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

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Applying as an M.S. or Ph.D student

Applying as a non-matriculated student

Applying as a visiting student

Important Dates

  • December 2, 2019 - PhD applications (For PhD applicants, a limited number of teaching assistantships will be available beginning Autumn 2020.)  
  • March 6, 2020 - Accepted Ph.D. applicants will be invited to attend the Department's Visitation Day. They will have the opportunity to see the campus, meet the faculty, staff, and students, learn more about the academic program, and experience the Seattle social scene. Accommodations for visiting students for the night preceding and the night following Visitation Day will be provided, mainly by our current graduate students, and the department will cover the cost of airfare for Visitation Day up to a maximum of $500 (subject to available funds). Note: visitation on a different date will be welcomed for accepted applicants, but Departmental support will not be available.
  • April 15, 2020 -  Part-time and Concurrent MS applications. 
  • December 31, 2019 - Full-time fee-based Statistics Master's applications deadline for Autumn 2020 admissions. 

Applying as an M.S. or Ph.D. student

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.

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
  2. Online submission of Statement of Purpose
  3. Online submission of official TOEFL score (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.  (Please note that financial assistantship and fellowship are rarely available to the full time MS STAT applicants)

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

Personal Statement

The personal statement is optional and is an opportunity to provide perspective on your academic experiences as an individual from a traditionally underrepresented group in higher education. The personal statement is also an opportunity to describe your experiences with underrepresented groups in your own research or as it relates to increasing diversity in higher education. 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. The statement can include a description of how your experiences affected:

  • your academic career and trajectory,

  • your experience with higher education,

  • your career plans,

  • your research interests,

  • how you may have overcome obstacles pertaining to any of the above.

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, personal statement is not required. It is acceptable for your personal statement to simply read "I have not yet had these kinds of diverse experiences." This will not negatively affect your admission decision.

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.

Domestic Applicants

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

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 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.

The following are exempt from taking the TOEFL or IELTS:

  • 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) 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. PLEASE NOTE: We are phasing out usage of IELTS. IELTS with a test session date after May 30, 2017 will not be accepted.

Applying as a Non-Matriculated student

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:

  • Non-Matriculated ("NM") student status should be obtained by people who want to take courses for personal or professional enrichment.
  • Graduate Non-Matriculated ("GNM") student status should be obtained by people who intend to apply to our graduate program at a later date and who wish to apply up to 12 credits of coursework to a possible future degree.

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

  • Follow the registration procedures at the Non-Degree Enrollment site Non-Degree Enrollment site.
  • Obtain permission from the course instructor.
  • Bring registration forms to the department for signatures after the instructor has signed.

Graduate Non-Matriculated Students

Apply online through the Graduate School Application.

A complete online application consists of:

  1. Online application and payment of $75 application fee
  2. Online submission of a brief Statement of Purpose listing courses you plan to take and your future goals
  3. Online submission of three letters of recommendation
  4. Online submission of unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  5. Online submission of resume/vitae

Graduate Non-Matriculated Deadlines

  • Autumn quarter - September 1st
  • Winter quarter - December 1st
  • Spring quarter - March 1st
  • Summer quarter - May 15th

Visiting Graduate Students

  • Submit a Graduate School application form to the Graduate Admissions Office
  • Apply online at: Apply online.

For more information:

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: