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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.

The Statistics Department understands that the Covid-19 pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges, including the disruption to coursework, research, and access to standardized tests, and will take this into account in our holistic application review.

How to Apply

Rackham Graduate School and individual graduate programs work as a team to manage the application review process. Learn more about the process and admissions requirements, along with information on preparing your application here.

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 4 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 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:
    • 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 Data Science Graduate Program Office. Materials sent directly to the Program office or to the Statistics or other Department by regular mail or email will not be reviewed with your application.

Application Requirements


The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is no longer required to apply for admission. Students who have taken the GRE may include the test result as additional information in their application if they wish. The GRE scores that we do receive play a minor and supporting role in a holistic evaluation of the application. If you wish to submit your GRE score, include a copy of your GRE score report from ETS with your optional application materials.  

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.


All applicants should report their Grade Point Average (GPA) on page 5 of the online application. The GPA should be reported using a standard U.S. four point scale. Applicants who attended an institution outside the United States should follow the instructions to convert their international average grade point to a U.S. four point GPA (see "How to Convert Grades to a U.S. GPA" here). All students are responsible for reporting their GPA using a standard U.S. four point scale. 

A scanned/electronic copy of the official transcript will be used for initial review by our admissions committee.  You will be required to have your official transcript sent to the Rackham Graduate School only if you are recommended for admission; please see Instructions for Submitting Transcripts. 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. The personal statement has a 500 word limit and should be different from your academic statement of purpose. 

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. 

Applicants who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents or have DACA status may be eligible for a fee waiver. First, please review the options through our Rackham Graduate School. If you do not qualify for any of these programs but need financial assistance in order to apply, please complete this form. There may be a limited number of fee waivers available through the department. Requests for fee waivers must be received by January 4. Waivers must be granted prior to submission of application; applicants cannot be reimbursed if they have already paid the fee. Unfortunately, application fee waivers are not available for international students. 

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.

Frequently Asked Questions?

Please review our FAQ page for prospective students to learn more about other criteria, including the academic background recommended to be successful in this program. If you have further questions, contact the Bridge Program Coordinator at