Applying to the Statistics Graduate Program

Important Dates:

  • To assure full consideration for fellowships and financial assistance, applications for the spring semester are due October 15 and applications for the fall semester are due January 15.
  • The deadline for applied track master’s students is October 15 for spring semester and March 15 for fall semester.
  • If an offer of assistantship is made to an applicant, that offer must be accepted no later than April 15.
  • New teaching assistants must be present at least 1 week prior to the start of the semester for TA training.

Prerequisites for Admissions:

We welcome applications from students who will have successfully completed a 4-year undergraduate degree. International students who have completed a 3-year undergraduate degree program need to have an MS degree to become eligible for admission. Applicants must have completed at least three semesters of calculus (at the level taught to math, physics and engineering students), one semester of matrix theory (linear algebra), and at least one semester of probability and mathematical statistics.

Successful applicants to the program have the following:

  • GPA: 3.0 and above
  • GRE: 60th percentile and above (quantitative), 50th percentile and above (verbal)
  • (International applicants): TOEFL: 80 and above (20, 20, 20, 20) or IELTS: 6.5 and above

Application Materials:

Applicants are required to complete the MU Online Graduate Application for Admission

  • This web-based system will allow the applicant to continually monitor the status of his or her application.
  • The non-refundable application-processing fee is $65 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents and $90 for non-resident Aliens (Internationals).
  • Applicants that are currently enrolled as graduate students at University of Missouri - please contact us at before submitting your application.

The following items will be submitted through the online application portal:     

  • Letter of intent explaining why you want to pursue graduate studies in statistics at the University of Missouri
  • Current resume or CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Three letters of recommendation - email requests will be sent directly to your letter writers through the online application portal 
  • (Optional material): The department strongly encourages applicants to submit a short video statement (no more than 2 minutes). In the video, tell us about yourself, why you want to pursue a graduate degree in statistics at the University of Missouri, and your long-term career goals. Feel free to share anything else that you’d like us to know about you that is relevant to your application. The video can be uploaded in the portfolio section of your application.

The following items need to be submitted directly to the graduate studies office:

  • Unofficial or official transcripts from each college or university attended. If you are accepted to the statistics graduate program, you will be required to submit official transcripts if unofficial transcripts were submitted previously.
  • Official GRE scores sent directly from the Educational Testing Service. For GRE scores, the MU institutional code is 6875 and the Statistics Department code is 0705.
  • (International applicants): An official copy of your official TOEFL or IELTS score sent directly from the Educational Testing service. For TOEFL scores, the MU institutional code is 6875 and the Statistics Department code is 59. Please see the graduate studies international applicant website with regard to language requirements. Please note that the submission of TOEFL/IELTS score is required in order to receive full consideration for admittance with financial support. It is important that you carefully read the english proficiency requirement section.  
  • Paper copies of official transcripts, GRE scores, and TOEFL/IELTS scores can be mailed directly to the graduate school at:


Contact Info

General Inquiries:
146 Middlebush Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Director of Graduate Admissions, Dr. Lori Thombs.