Graduate Admissions

 

A Message from the Director of Graduate Admissions:

Thank you for your interest in our graduate program. Each year the program attracts many applications from all over the world. Please read the guidelines on application posted at this web page carefully.

— Professor Ofer Harel

 



STAT MS Program
      BIST MS Program        STAT PhD Program

 

 

 

 

 

Applying to the Graduate Program

Thank you for your interest in our graduate program. Applications can be accessed through the Graduate School’s website.

Application Deadlines
Ph.D. applicants by February 1 be considered for financial aid (financial aid is only available for Ph.D. applicants), otherwise by April 1 for fall admission.

STAT MS applicants by April 1 for fall admission.

BIOSTAT MS applicants by April 1 for fall admission and October 1 for spring admission.

For special consideration after the deadlines please contact tracy.burke@uconn.edu.

We have two MS programs. The traditional MS in Statistics and in 2015 we established a Professional MS in Biostatistics. This program is oriented to applied statistics in health and pharmaceutical sciences with a strong emphasis on computing and data science. Because of the rapid growth in the healthcare industry, we believe that rigorous biostatistics training will give our graduates a competitive advantage on the job market. As in our traditional MS program, the Professional MS program in Biostatistics gives a solid foundation in theory and methods of statistics, so you also will be able to find a job outside the healthcare industry, or to continue your study as a PhD candidate.

Please take a look at the information of the two programs posted at http://stat.uconn.edu/m-s-in-statistics/ and http://stat.uconn.edu/m-s-in-biostatistics/. There is no difference in tuition structure between two programs.

 

PREREQUISITES

Most of our students come from undergraduate Mathematics or Statistics majors. Persons with degrees in fields other than Statistics and Mathematics are encouraged to apply.

While there are no official course requirements for admission to the M.S. programs, a level of mathematical sophistication and statistical knowledge is necessary for acceptable progress. At the minimum, this amounts to:

  1. Three semesters of calculus, including one semester of multivariate calculus
  2. One semester of linear algebra, and
  3. Two semesters of undergraduate statistics. Course work to remedy deficiencies can be taken while in the program.

The following are basic criteria for the evaluation of an application:

GRE scores

Taken within 5 years with a verbal score above the median and a quantitative score ranked in the top twenty five percent for financial support. For more information, go to the official GRE website at www.ets.org/gre.

 

English Proficiency

If you are not a native speaker of English, you may be required to submit evidence of your proficiency in the English language. You may use the results (no more than two years old) from one of the following standardized tests to satisfy this requirement:

  • Receiving minimum scores of 79 (Internet-based test – iBT) or 550 (Old Paper-based test – PBT) or 22/30 on each of the Listening, Reading and Writing sections (“New” Paper-based test-PBT) or higher on the TOEFL test.
  • Receiving a score of 6.5 on the IELTS test.
  • Receiving a score of 53 or higher on the PTE test, or
  • Qualifying for a Score Waiver.pdf (please click on link to review policy).

If you are not a native speaker of English, and you plan to obtain a teaching assistantship (PhD. Applicants), you must satisfy UConn’s English Proficiency Policy before being allowed to instruct a class.  For more information, please contact International Teaching Assistant Services.

Please note GRE and TOEFL scores will only be accepted when sent electronically through ETS.

  • The TOEFL and GRE code for UConn Storrs is 3915.

Transcripts

You must submit all applicable, official transcripts (undergraduate & graduate).
Your transcript(s) must meet the following criteria:

  • A cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 for your entire undergraduate career or
  • A grade-point average of at least 3.0 for your last two undergraduate years or
  • Exceptional work in your entire final undergraduate year (3.5 or better)
  • Graduate work with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 or better even if the undergraduate grade-point average meets the above criteria.

Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation should accompany each application. Students should request letters from teachers who know them well, preferably from their last two years of coursework.

Personal Statement: A letter describing your career goals.

 

FELLOWSHIPS

The Graduate School offers fellowships for matriculating graduate students.

In order for an applicant to be considered for one of the following fellowships, the applicant must select that they wish to be considered in SLATE. Recipients of these fellowships will be the most academically promising members of the entering class of graduate students at the University of Connecticut. The criteria used to select recipients include the following:

  • Evidence of scholarly or creative achievement highlighted by the department or program in their nomination and evidence that the department or program provides the environment necessary for success in the areas of interest highlighted by the applicant.
  • Evidence of any prior scholarly or creative achievement by the nominee, e.g., publications, presentations, exhibits, performances.
  • Evidence that the nominee has been successful at previous academic institutions, e.g., letters of recommendation.
  • Quantitative evidence of academic accomplishment, e.g., undergraduate grade point average, GRE/GMAT (when available).

The Jorgensen Fellowship (JF) is available to outstanding young scholars applying to doctoral programs. The award consists of a service-free fellowship providing a $20,000 annual stipend for five years.

In addition, to be eligible for either the fellowships below, applicants must demonstrate a commitment to enhancing diversity in higher education and/or a commitment to enhancing diversity in their field of study.

  • The Harriott Fellowship (HF) is available to outstanding young scholars applying to doctoral programs. The award consists of a service-free fellowship providing a $20,000 annual stipend for five years.
  • The Crandall Fellowship (CF) is available to outstanding young scholars applying to master’s programs. The award consists of a service-free fellowship providing a $20,000 annual stipend for two years (MFA is for three years).

For HF and CF fellowships students must submit a diversity statement through the SLATE application system. Students can demonstrate a commitment to enhancing diversity in higher education through participation in organizations or activities that (a) directly relate to increasing access to higher education and retention in higher education of individuals, regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, gender, nationality, cultural background, religion, or beliefs or (b) that help to ensure that individuals are welcomed and included in higher education environments regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, gender, nationality, cultural background, religion, or beliefs. Such organization and activities might include participation/affiliation with TRIO programs, cultural/affinity organizations/centers, volunteer experiences, and college or university committees focused on these goals. Students provide evidence of this commitment through research and educational experience reflected on their CV/resume (articles, presentations, internship, and research experience), in their personal statement, or in letters of recommendations.

Additional information is available on the Graduate School website.