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

Thank you for your interest in our graduate programs in Statistics. To apply for admission to our Master of Applied Statistics program please visit this link. To apply for admission to our M.S. or Ph.D. program please visit this link. To apply for admission to our Articulated Masters program please also visit this link.

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 10, for all Ph.D. applicants and February 1, for all M.S. applicants.
  • GRE – A GRE score is highly recommended when applying to the Ph.D. and M.S. programs of the Department of Statistics and Data Science.
  • 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 & Personal Statement
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 upload their original transcripts and English translations (if applicable), TOEFL or IELTS scores & Confidential Financial Statement to the online application. If there is no identifying section, please upload these documents to the Supplementary Materials section. Please do not mail/send any documents to the office until further notice.

The Application Process
Applications must be completed online.

International Admission Requirements

All M.S. and M.A.S. International applicants must upload a Confidential Financial Statement with their application. The document is found at this link. Please complete and upload it to the Supplemental or Supporting Documents section of the 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 upload the following items to the UCLA Graduate Division application by December 10th for PhD applicants and by February 1st for MS applicants.

  • Online Graduate Application
  • Letter of Recommendation (3 Required)
  • Statement of Purpose/span>
  • Official GRE scores (Highly Recommended) – Use UCLA’s Code: 4837 and Statistics Department code: 0705
  • Official TOEFL or ILETS scores (International Applicant Only) (UCLA’s Code: 4837, Department code: 59)
  • Confidential Financial Statement* (M.S. 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.