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Prospective Bridge Master's FAQs

In order to protect our campus community and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Department of Statistics Main Office is currently closed to visitors. However, all staff are working remotely and are best reached via email.


Q: What questions can the department help me answer?
A: Check with the graduate program for questions about:

  • Letters of recommendation
  • The application requirements, including deadlines (see below)
  • Status of your application’s review 
    • All decisions will be made by April 15th
  • All decisions will be sent to the e-mail address listed on your application
    • Please notify the department of e-mail address changes and update your Wolverine Access profile. 
  • The department is open M-F from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm 

Q: What questions can Rackham help with with? 
A: Rackham Admissions can help with questions about:

  • Official transcripts
  • English language proficiency and minimum requirements for non-native speakers of English
  • University of Michigan ID number (UMID)
  • Paying your application fee or fee waivers
  • Friend Account questions, locked accounts
  • Incorrect information on your application record
  • Missing test scores

Q: For what terms are students admitted to the Department of Statistics?
A: Applied Master's students are admitted for Fall only.

Q: May I complete a paper application?
A: All applications must be submitted online.

Q: What is the deadline to apply for admission?
A: The deadline for admission is January 15. More information is on the How to Apply section of our website.

Q: Is there a minimum GPA required to apply, and what are my chances of being admitted if I have a low GPA?
A: No. All applications are reviewed and evaluated relative to other applications submitted in the same year. Applicants with relatively low GPAs may be admitted based on other factors (e.g. GRE scores, research accomplishments, etc). Also, grades in relevant courses (math, stats, computer science, etc.) are much more relevant than the overall GPA.

Q: Do you require both General GRE scores and the Advanced Math Subject score?
A: Only General GRE scores are required. The Advanced Math Subject score is not required.

Q: How long are GRE scores valid?
A: GRE scores are valid for 5 years.

Q: Is there a minimum GRE score required for admission?
A:  There is not a minimum GRE or GPA requirement. All applications are reviewed and evaluated relative to other applications submitted in the same year. Applicants with relatively low scores may be admitted based on other factors. The admission committee looks at GRE scores, overall GPA, as well as grades in relevant courses (math, stats, computer science, etc.), research accomplishments and letters of recommendations.  

Q: What are the average GRE scores for Applied Master's Bridge applicants? 
A: We do not keep track of GRE averages.

Q: Do I send Official Transcripts to the Department?
A: No, unofficial transcripts or 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.

Q: What types of financial aid or funding does the Department of Statistics offer to Applied Master’s Bridge students?
A: The Bridge Program is a fully funded Master’s program. Students in good academic standing receive a stipend, tuition support, and health care for two years (at rates determined by University policies), via a combination of fellowship and graduate student instructor (GSI) teaching appointments. In the summer between Years 1 and 2, students will be eligible for three months of department funding, provided they are working on campus on a research project with faculty. Students are also eligible for up to $500 in travel funding to attend a conference in consultation with the program director. For both summer and conference funding, students will be required to submit a short paper demonstrating the outcome of the project or contribution to their scholarly endeavors. Support is available to a cohort of 2-4 students per year. 

Q: Is there a separate application to complete to be considered for financial aid?
A: There is no separate financial aid application for department funding.

Q: What are the prerequisites needed to apply to the Applied Master’s Bridge program?

A: 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. 

Q: If my undergraduate major was not in Statistics, what are my chances of being admitted to the Applied Master’s Bridge program in Statistics?
A: 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.

Q: Must all of the letters of recommendations be academic?
A: No, but the majority should be academic.

Q: How many students are admitted to the Applied Master’s Bridge program each year?
A: The department will welcome 3-4 students in each cohort.   

Q: What is the length of the Applied Master’s Bridge program?
A: It is a two-year program.

Q: Can I have credits transferred towards my Applied Master’s degree?
A: Please see the Rackham Transfer Credit Guidelines.

Q: Can I enroll part time in the Applied Master’s Bridge program?
A: The Bridge Program is intended to be full time.

Q: What can I do with a Master’s in Applied Statistics Degree?
A: The Bridge program is intended for students who wish to go on the Ph.D. studies. Our Applied Statistics graduates find jobs in government, insurance, banking, finance, medical research institutions, pharmaceutical industry, and others. 

Q: I am interested in going into finance and would like to have a better understanding of statistics. Would the Bridge Master’s program be an appropriate degree?
A: Please consider instead applying to the Applied Statistics Master's Program.

Q: Where do graduates of the program find employment?
A: Graduates of our Master's in Applied Statistics and PhD in Statistics find employment across various sectors - please see this page for more information.

Q: What is the cost of tuition and fees? 
A: Current tuition and fee information can be found here. More information about cost of attendance is on the Rackham Graduate School's website.