How To Apply
Applications must be submitted online. Instructions are included on the application website. If an applicant or recommender experiences technical difficulties while using the application or recommendation system please contact firstname.lastname@example.org (allow 24 hours for a response).
Please review our Frequently Asked Questions Page for answers to specific questions regarding the application process. If you still have questions you can submit questions to the Rackham Admission Office.
Program codes to use in the application:
- Code 00483 — Statistics Ph.D.
For the Statistics Ph.D. Program:
Applications for Fall admissions are due December 31st for the Ph.D. Program. We do not accept applications for Winter admission. A completed application form and all supporting materials must be submitted by midnight on December 31st to be considered for admission.
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE), prepared and administered by the Educational Testing Service, is required as part of the application for admission. Only the general GRE test is required; we do not require a subject test. Dates and places to take the examination may be obtained from the Educational Testing Service by creating a GRE account. The University of Michigan code for the GRE is 1839. The GRE and TOEFL scores are automatically added to applicant records as long as name and birth date can be matched. Applicants must request that their scores be sent to the University of Michigan using the code above, on the GRE website.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
An English test is required of all non-native speakers except those who hold a degree from an institution where instruction was exclusively in English. Most commonly this requirement is satisfied by the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) The University of Michigan requires the a minimum TOEFL score of 84.
Non-native speakers have to take the TOEFL or IELTS unless the official language of instruction at the institution where they received their undergraduate degree was English. Applicants can qualify for an exemption from taking an English proficiency examination if one of the following criteria are met:
- You are a native speaker of English.
- You completed all four years of your undergraduate education at an institution in the United States and earned a degree from that institution.
- You completed all of your undergraduate education and earned an undergraduate degree in one of the following countries, Australia, English speaking Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom.
- You completed all of your undergraduate education and earned an undergraduate degree at an institution where all classes are taught exclusively in English.
- You completed all of your graduate education, a minimum of two years duration, and earned a graduate degree in one of the following countries, the United States, Australia, English speaking Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the United Kingdom. Graduate education includes Master's, Ph.D., and professional degrees. Graduate degrees that are exclusively research based are excluded.
- Current U-M student.
Applicants must request that their scores be sent to the University of Michigan (code 1839), on the TOEFL website. For more details on the English test requirements and alternatives to TOEFL, please refer to the Required Tests for Non-native English Speakers.
Scanned copies of official transcripts should be uploaded with the application online. Official transcripts from degree-granting institutions only should be mailed directly to Rackham Admissions (See Instructions for Submitting Transcripts). Use the Academic Records/Transcript Submission Form to submit your official transcript so that it is quickly associated with your application. Be sure to include your University of Michigan ID number on all documents. If there is anything you wish to explain about your transcript, please do so in the Statement of Purpose.
Letters of Recommendation (3 Required)
Three (3) letters of recommendation in support of the student's application must be submitted.The admissions committee puts great weight on concrete letters of recommendation from people who are in a position to judge your potential for successfully completing graduate studies in statistics. Often these letters reveal strengths and interests that might not be reflected in grades and GRE scores. To write the letters you should select people who can tell us about your training and abilities, and about any special talents you might have. Recommenders must complete their recommendations online. When the applicant registers the recommenders' names in CollegeNet, an email is automatically sent with a link to enter the recommendation online. Applicants should check the status of their recommendations on the CollegeNet website status page. System tip: If, when registering your recommenders online, you are not sure of which three recommenders you want to request letters from, just use your name and email address as a place holder. Then you can always go back and change the recommenders information later before submitting the application to us. If you only register 1 or 2 recommender's, there is no way to add more. Instructions for Submitting Online Letters of Recommendations.
Statement of Purpose
The Statement of Purpose gives you an opportunity to tell us about yourself and your reasons for wishing to pursue a graduate degree in statistics at Michigan. You should tell us about your background, motivating influences that aroused your interest in statistics, and your career goals and objectives. If you are currently enrolled in a graduate program elsewhere, you should tell us why you wish to change institutions or degree programs.
How have your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan? For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were either plentiful or especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. The statement will be read by the faculty members of the admissions committee.
Submit your curriculum vitae or resume that describes your education, work experience, research and teaching experience, professional affiliations, volunteer activity and community engagements, honors and awards.
There is a non-refundable application fee, subject to change:
- United States citizens and those with permanent resident visa status — $75
- Non-U.S. Citizens — $90
Applications received without fees will not be processed, and fees cannot be waived. The application fee is paid online with a credit card before the application is submitted. There is no need to follow-up with a paper copy of the application or an additional application fee.
- Submit online:
- Application form
- Recommender names and email addresses
- Transcripts (scan of official or unofficial transcript)
- Statement of Purpose
- Personal Statement
- Resume or CV
- Request online to be sent to the University of Michigan:
- GRE scores
- TOEFL scores (if applicable)
- Arrange for official transcripts to be sent to the Rackham Graduate School Admissions Office. See Rackham's transcript policy for address and information.
Do not send anything to the Department of Statistics. Materials sent directly to the Department by regular mail or email will not be reviewed with your application.
How to Check Your Application Status
You should check your application status on the University of Michigan Wolverine Access web site. This is the University's web portal and it's your first stop for most of the things you will need to do. To create a "friend account" for Wolverine Access go to Guest Access to U-M Computing Resources.
Frequently Asked Questions?
If you have further questions, contact the Statistics Graduate Admissions Office at email@example.com.
Rackham Student Life Website
Rackham's graduate student life website has information about housing, health care, transportation, child care, and so on.
Note: All credentials submitted for admission consideration become the property of the University of Michigan and will not be returned in original or copy form.