Students seeking admission to M.S. 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. All application materials should be submitted electronically to Graduate Admissions in the College of Graduate Studies. Completed application files are then sent from Graduate Admissions to the Department of Statistics Admissions Committee for consideration only after deemed complete by Graduate Admissions.
Prerequisites for Graduate Work
All students who wish to do graduate work in statistics should have a background in quantitative methods. Specific prerequisites include:
- Math 175, Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
- Six hours of statistics, including Stat 431 or its equivalent
- Knowledge of at least one higher level programming language
Financial support is available in the form of academic year Teaching Assistant appointments. A limited number of TA positions are available each year. Details of stipends and application procedures are available upon request. Please note that TA applications from students who have not officially applied or have been accepted for admission to the Statistics program are not considered for assistantships.
Western Regional Graduate Program
The master's degree in Statistical Science is part of the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP). Any student who is a resident of one of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education's (WICHE) member states, and is accepted into the M.S. Statistics program, is eligible for the in-state (resident) tuition rate. The College of Graduate Studies will verify student eligibility for this program during the application process and will notify the student directly of the tuition rate once they are accepted by the department.
WICHE member states include Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.