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Bridge Master's Application


Program Information

On this page you will find information on how to apply for the Bridge Master's Program. For further information on the Bridge Master's program, including eligibility, funding, curriculum and more, please visit the Bridge Master's Program page.

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 (allow 24 hours for a response).

Applications are submitted using Rackham’s online application process. In some circumstances, you may be able to apply for a fee waiver from Rackham; see details here. Additionally, a fee waiver may be available from the department  to students who are applying to this program. Please complete this request form (which asks questions to determine your eligibility) no later than January 2 to inquire about receiving one. Note that receipt of an application fee waiver will not have an effect on an admissions decision.

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 by emailing

Program code to use in the application: Code 00064 — Applied Statistics M.S.

It is strongly recommended that prospective students have a good background in calculus and linear algebra and have taken at least one course each in probability and in theoretical statistics. Applicants from various academic backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to apply. Applicants who have not completed an undergraduate major in statistics will not be penalized, but may need to enroll in some extra classes before taking the core courses necessary for a Master’s degree.


Applications for Fall admissions are due January 15 for the Bridge Master's Program. We do not accept applications for Winter admission. A completed application form and all supporting materials must be submitted by midnight on January 15 to be considered for admission.

Application Requirements


The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required to apply for admission for Fall 2021, due to testing difficulties caused by COVID-19.  Students who have taken GRE may send in their score if they wish.  If a GRE score is submitted, it will be considered as one part of a holistic evaluation of the application.

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 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.


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 recommenders, 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 engaged your interest in statistics, and your career goals and objectives related to both the Bridge program and an eventual PhD in Statistics.

Personal Statement

The personal statement should address the following: 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.

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.

Students who are admitted to the program will be invited to an on-campus visit to the department in March.

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.

Additional Questions?

If you have further questions, please contact the Bridge Program Coordinator at