Graduate Admission Requirements

Application Deadlines
Submitting Application Material
Information for International Applicants
Opportunities for Financial Support
Graduate Program Prequisites
Undergraduate GPA Requirement
Limited Status Admission

Application Deadlines

The application deadline for fall semester admission to the PhD program is December 15. The application deadline for fall semester admission to the MS program is April 1. For spring semester admission to the MS program the application deadline is September 15. The Department of Statistics does not admit new PhD students for the spring semester.

Submitting Application Material

The University of Illinois uses an online application system which can be accessed here:

There is a nonrefundable application fee. Please see the Graduate Application Instructions for current application fees for domestic and international applicants.

The Department of Statistics requires applicants to supply Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for the GRE General Test in order to be considered. The GRE Subject Test in Mathematics is not required but is very helpful, especially for Ph.D. applicants. Scores should be mailed so as to reach the Department of Statistics before the relevant deadline. Information about the Graduate Record Examination can be found at their website,

Students must have letters of reference submitted through the online application system. Please note that three (3) letters are required. If for any reason you cannot obtain three letters, write to the Graduate Admissions Chairman of the Department of Statistics detailing your situation, and (s)he will advise you what to do.

Ph.D. applicants should ask at least one reference writer to comment upon his or her potential as a classroom teacher acting in an independent (i.e., only slightly supervised) teaching position. Poise, language ability, etc. are important here and we would like to have some idea of each applicant's potential in these areas.

International Applicants

An international applicant must submit official records of all post-secondary school course work completed or attempted.

The University of Illinois requires an applicant for admission whose native language is not English to submit results of the TOEFL or IELTS as evidence of English proficiency. The Department of Statistics requires a minimum TOEFL PBT score of 590, a minimum TEOFL CBT score of 243, a minimum TOEFL iBT score of 92 or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 for admission. If an international applicant has attended a U.S. institution of higher education for two years or more, (consecutive fulltime), the TOEFL requirement is waived.

International students are strongly encouraged to report their results of the Test of Spoken English (TSE) when applying for financial aid. In order to arrange to take the TOEFL or TSE, the applicant should write directly to the nearest office of the United States Information Service or the nearest United States Consulate; or to Educational Testing Services, Box 889, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, U.S.A.

It should also be noted that international students who have been accepted are required to take an English Placement Test (EPT) immediately after arriving at the University. This exam is taken in addition to the TOEFL exam.

Opportunities for Financial Support

Departmental teaching and research assistantship support is available on a competitive basis. Applicants to the Ph.D. program will be automatically considered for financial support as part of the evaluation unless they indicate in the application that they do not wish to be considered for support. Tuition and fees are waived for students with at least quarter-time assistantship support, except for approximately $1,150 of annual fees.

The Department of Statistics offers teaching and research assistantships.

Teaching Assistant: The student will grade homework and exams, work in the computer lab tutoring introductory statistics students and/or more advanced undergraduates taking statistics courses. After the student has attended the Graduate Academy he/she may teach a stand-alone section of Statistics 100 or 200, or discussion sections of Statistics 400.

Research Assistant: Advanced students often receive research assistantships working with one of the professors, typically closely related to their thesis topics. The duties of this assistantship include analyzing data, performing literature reviews, statistical computing and research methodology. In addition, students who have successfully completed Statistics 427, Statistical Consulting, are eligible for assistantships in the Illinois Statistics Office. These appointments give students experience with statistical consulting and applied research projects such as designing experiments, constructing survey plans, analyzing data, developing theoretical and empirical models, using computers for statistical computations, and preparing statistical sections of research proposals. Clients include members of the university community, government, and industry.

Graduate Program Prerequisites

Graduate work in Statistics requires a strong undergraduate background in mathematics and statistics as well as experience with computing and data. In order to be admitted without deficiencies, an applicant should have earned, at a minimum, credit for the course work described below. Courses in parentheses are the University of Illinois courses that fulfill these requirements.

+ M.S. Program Prerequisites

+ Additional Prerequisites for M.S. Analytics Concentration

+ Additional Prerequisites for Ph.D. Program

If the applicant does not meet the undergraduate course work requirements, he or she may complete courses to remove the deficiencies (e.g., Statistics 410 or Mathematics 444 for Ph.D. students) after entering the graduate program. Prerequisite course credits do not count toward the Department of Statistics' credit hour requirements for graduation.

Minimum Grade Point Average for Admission

The minimum grade point average for admission is 3.0 (A = 4.0). The grade point average for purposes of admission to a graduate program in Statistics is based only on the applicant's last sixty semester hours of undergraduate course work, and on any graduate course work completed.

Limited Status Admission

A student may be admitted on limited status if his or her pre-admission grade-point average (GPA), which is based on the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate work, is below the Graduate College minimum of 3.0 (A=4.0), or if the academic record shows other deficiencies or nontraditional academic qualifications. After the student has satisfied the conditions imposed, his or her major department should request that the Graduate College change the student from limited status to full graduate standing. No advanced degree will be awarded to a student who has not qualified for, and been granted, full graduate standing.