Graduate Admissions


A Message from the Director of Graduate Studies:

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.

Applicants to the Ph.D. program who wish to be considered for financial aid should apply for fall admission and must submit a complete application to the University by February 1 (financial aid is only available for Ph.D. applicants). All other applicants must apply by April 1 for fall admission and October 1 for spring admission (spring admission is only reserved for current UConn students).  For special consideration after the deadlines please contact

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. 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 and There is no difference in tuition structure between two programs.

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.  Please note that in August 2011, there were substantial changes in the GRE general test.  GRE scores from the old exam format (but no older than 5 years) will still be accepted. For more information, go to the official GRE website at


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 a score of 79 (Internet-based test – iBT) or 550 (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, you must satisfy UConn’s English Proficiency Policy before being allowed to instruct a class.  For more information, please contact International Teaching Assistant Services.

  • The TOEFL code for UConn Storrs is 3915.


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.