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Statistics Ph.D. Application

How to Apply

Application Deadline 

Applications for Fall admission to the PhD program in Statistics are due December 31.  The department does not accept applications for Winter admission. A completed application must be submitted by December 31 to be considered for admission.

**Important Note**  The University of Michigan will be closed from Tuesday, December 25, 2018 through Tuesday, January 1, 2019. Staff in the Department of Statistics and Rackham Graduate School's Office of Admissions will not be available to answer applicants' questions during that time period. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the university regarding any application questions by December 18, 2018.

Applications must be submitted online. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review Rackham's Checklist for Completing the Application Process for an overview of the application process. If an applicant or recommender experiences technical difficulties while using the application or recommendation system please contact help@applyweb.com (allow 24 hours for a response).

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions Page for answers to specific questions regarding the application process. If you have additional questions, please contact the PhD Program Coordinator at statsphdprogram@umich.edu. 

Program codes to use in the application:

  • Code 00483 — Statistics Ph.D.

GRE

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 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 of your undergraduate education and earned an undergraduate degree at an institution where the language of instruction is English only.
  • You completed all of your graduate education and earned a graduate degree at an institution where the language of instruction is English only. NOTE: If you completed a Master’s degree that was strictly research and no academic classes, that degree does not meet the exemption. This type of Master’s degree is generally awarded at a non-U.S. institution.
  • You are a 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.

Transcripts

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. You should select recommenders 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, use your name and email address as a place holder. You can go back and change the recommenders information later. Please see Rackham's Instructions for Submitting Online Letters of Recommendations for more information.

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.

Personal Statement

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.

Curriculum Vitae/Resume

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.

Application Fee

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. 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.

In some circumstances, you may be eligible to apply for a fee waiver from Rackham; see details here. Additionally, a limited number of fee waivers are available from LSA for US citizens or permanent residents who meet RMF eligibility criteria, on a first come, first served basis. If you believe you qualify for this waiver, please email statsphdprogram@umich.edu at least 10 business days before December 1.

Application Checklist

  • 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.

For additional details, please see Rackham's Checklist for Completing the Application Process. 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.

Questions?

If you have further questions, contact the Statistics PhD Program Coordinator at statsphdprogram@umich.edu.

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.