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Department of Statistical Science
phone: (208) 885-2929
fax: (208) 885-7959
415A Brink Hall
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 1104
Moscow, ID 83844-1104

Admission FAQs

  • How do I apply for graduate study in the Department of Statistics?
    Students seeking admission to graduate study in statistics at UI are requested to submit transcripts from undergraduate studies and three letters of recommendation along with a statement of purpose and a resumé. All application materials should be sent to Graduate Admissions in the College of Graduate Studies.
  • What are the prerequisites for the Statistics program?

    All students who wish to do graduate work in statistics should have a background in quantitative methods. Specific prerequisites include:

    • Math 275, Analytic Geometry and Calculus III,
    • Six hours of statistics, including Stat 431(formerly Stat 401) or its equivalent
    • Knowledge of at least one higher level programming language
  • Does the Department offer a Ph.D. in Statistics?
    No. We offer only the M.S. in Statistics. Peterson's-Graduate School guide may help you identify schools offering the Ph.D. in Statistics. On this site you can conduct a search for schools offering a Ph.D. in Statistics.
  • Can I get a Teaching Assistantship (TA)?
    Possibly.  There are a very limited number of TA positions available in the Department.  Competition is strong.  Most positions become available in the fall, but we do occasionally have an opening in the spring.
  • Do you require a special form for the three letters of recommendation?
    No.  There is no special recommendation form.
  • What TOEFL score is required?
    The minimum TOEFL scores are 550 (paper test) or 79 (internet based test).
  • Is the GRE required?
    No.  Our program does not require the GRE.
  • Are my test scores too old?
    Graduate Admissions insists that required test scores be no more that 2 years old.
  • I can't afford the application fee. Can the fee be waived? Will the Statistics Department pay my application fee?
    No.  The application fee is required and will not be waived.  The Statistics Department will not pay your application fee because it would be unfair to all applicants to pay the fee for one student.