Application deadlines for Fall are Feb 1 of the same year unless you plan to apply for UCLA Special Fellowships (deadline is December 15 of the previous year). We do not offer Winter or Spring admissions. Prospective graduate students in statistics need not have an undergraduate statistics major but should have at least twelve-quarter courses (or eight semester courses) in substantial upper division quantitative work, preferably in mathematics and statistics. Applicants must have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.2 in these upper division courses.
Applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test and must submit at least three letters of recommendation from people who can attest to their quantitative skills. International students must also take and submit TOEFL or ILETS scores. International students who plan to serve as Teaching Assistant to help with their financial assistance are highly recommended to take and submit the Test for Spoken English (TSE) scores.
Almost all of our doctorate students receive financial support in the form of Teaching Assistants, Research Assistantships, and University and Extramural Fellowships. Due to our limited funds, Masters’ students are not guaranteed funding or assistantships (although funding is possible). Master students should be prepared to have enough funds to pay for their first year.
Students are expected to finish the program in 7 quarters of full time study (about 2 years ). Forty-four (44) units of approved graded courses are required for the M.S. degree, of which at least 32 units must be graduate courses, while the remaining 12 units may be approved upper-division courses. With consent of the graduate vice-chair or the student’s faculty academic adviser, students may take up to 20 units of the required 44 units in other departments provided that these courses are in professional or scientific fields closely related to research in statistics.
All courses must be passed with a course grade of B- or better and an overall GPA of 3.0 or better.
Students are strongly encouraged to take Statistics 200ABC. Masters’ degree students who enter the program with minimal training should take Statistics 100ABC and not 110A-110B. Students should note that Statistics 100ABC, 110A-110B and 120A-120B may be taken only for the purpose of augmenting their background in Statistics and may not be applied toward course requirements of a graduate degree. If a course is a C course, only the graduate level course (C217A, C217B, C225, C226, C236, CM252, CM255, etc.) will count towards the degree.
Students may enroll in Statistics 296 numerous times and may apply up to eight units of 596 courses towards the 44 unit requirement for the M.S. degree (with letter-grade only). All Masters’ degree students are required to take Statistics 290 each quarter they are enrolled in the program.
Upon termination of the course requirements, students are required to complete a master’s thesis. They do not have the option to take the comprehensive exam to substitute the thesis.