Applying to the M.S. or Ph.D. Program

Thank you for requesting information regarding the graduate program in Statistics. To apply for admission requires that you submit the UCLA Application for Graduate Admissions at

Since applicants can ONLY apply to one program at UCLA each quarter, if you are applying to UCLA’s Biostatistics Program in the Fall, you cannot apply for UCLA’s Statistics Program in that same quarter.

Since you can only apply to one of our degree programs at a time, you cannot submit an application to both our M.S. and Ph.D. Programs for the same quarter.

Requirements & Qualifications for Consideration
Ph.D. and M.S. students are admitted only in the Fall.
Deadlines to apply for entry into the next Fall term are:
December 15, for all Ph.D. applicants and those M.S. applicants wanting special fellowships.
February 1, for only M.S. applicants who are not applying for special fellowships.
GRE – The Official General Test from ETS.
Three (3) letters of recommendation. Letters should emphasize the applicant’s level of preparation for graduate study in Statistics.
Submission of the Online Graduate Application.

Statement of Purpose
A bachelor’s degree in statistics is not required for the M.S. or Ph.D. programs, but applicants should have taken at least 12 quarter courses (or eight semester courses) in substantial upper division quantitative work, including, but not limited to, courses in statistics, mathematics, computer science, and electrical engineering.

M.S. applicants must have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.2 in their upper division courses.

Ph.D. applicants must have a grade point average of at least 3.5 to apply to the doctoral program. Applicants who have already obtained a master’s degree must have maintained an average of better than 3.5 in graduate study.

Foreign applicants must send their original transcripts and English translations (if applicable), TOEFL or IELTS scores, Confidential Financial Statement to: UCLA Department of Statistics, Student Affairs Office, 8125 Mathematical Sciences Building, Los Angeles, CA 90095.

The Application Process
Applications must be completed online.

International Admission Requirements

All International applicants must submit a Confidential Financial Statement with their application. Non-US Citizens whose first language is not English are required to take either the TOEFL or IELTS exam. The exam should be taken in November, but no later than January. If you have received a degree from a University in the United States, you need not take the TOEFL.

Non-US Citizens (including Permanent Residents) who would like to serve as a Teaching Assistant are recommended to take the Test of Oral Proficiency. Before our Department can offer a Teaching Assistantship to any student, they must have passed this exam.

Financial Support
Almost all of our doctorate statistics graduate students receive financial support in the form of Teaching Assistants, Research Assistantships, and University and Extramural Fellowships. The support is usually for 4 years and may include registration fees and non-resident tuition. United States citizens and permanent residents who receive non-resident tuition for their first year are expected to establish California residency by their second year.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for fellowships from outside sources (NSF, Javits, etc.) and UCLA special fellowship (listed with the application) that they qualify for.

Due to our limited funds, Master’s students are not guaranteed funding or assistantships. There is a chance that they can get some, but it is not guaranteed.
Application Checklist

Please submit the following items to the UCLA Graduate Division by December 15th for PhD applicants and by February 1st for MS applicants.

•Online Graduate Application
•Letter of Recommendation (3 Required)
•Statement of Purpose
•Official GRE scores (UCLA’s Code: 4837, Statistics Department code: 0705)
•Official TOEFL or ILETS scores (International Applicant Only) (UCLA’s Code: 4837, Department code: 59)
•Confidential Financial Statement* (International Applicants Only)

In the FIRST paragraph of your statement of purpose, please indicate your specific interests within the realm of statistics and which ladder faculty member would most likely be your research advisor if you are admitted to UCLA Statistics.