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Statistics Ph.D. Application

How to Apply

Program Information

On this page you will find information on how to apply for the Statistics Ph.D. Program. For further information on the program, including funding, eligibility, curriculum, and more, please visit the Statistics Ph.D. 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.

Application Deadline 

Applications for Fall admission to the PhD program in Statistics are due December 15.  The department does not accept applications for Winter admission. A completed application must be submitted by December 15 to be considered for admission.

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 (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 

Program codes to use in the application:

  • Code 00483 — Statistics Ph.D.

Application Checklist

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.

Application Requirements


The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required to apply for admission for Fall 2022, 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

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 Rackham's English proficiency requirements.


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. 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.

(Optional) - Summary of Courses and/or Research Paper Abstract

Applicants can provide a summary of courses not reflected in their submitted transcripts, such as a summary of online courses taken (one page at most) and/or an abstract of a research paper (one page at most). This section of the application is optional.

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 reach out to the program coordinator. Requests for fee waivers must be received by December 5. Waivers must be granted prior to submission of application; applicants cannot be reimbursed if they have already paid the fee.

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 Guest Access to Wolverine Access. go to U-M Computing Resources.


If you have further questions, contact the Statistics PhD Program Coordinator at

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.