Admissions

All graduate applicants should apply online at http://admissions.fsu.edu/graduate/.
The online application system will ask you for information that is needed both by our department and by the university.

The Department of Statistics typically offers admission only in Fall terms. Fall 2018 applications are now available. Please visit the Graduate Admissions page to start applying.

Deadlines:

  • Financial Aid/Assistantship consideration: February 1st
  • Admission for Fall: July 1st

The minimum requirements for consideration for admission are the following:

Grades

  • At least a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with at least a "B" average
  • A GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is the minimum requirement for admission
  • The average GPA of students who were offered admission in Fall 2017 was a 3.310.
  • The average GPA of students who were offered assistantships in Fall 2017 was a 3.735.

Courses - a "B" or better in the following

  • Generally we expect applicants to have completed Calculus 1-3, Linear Algebra, one course in Applied Statistics, and one course in Probability.
  • Two semesters of advanced calculus (intermediate analysis, real analysis with proofs) is needed for timely entrance into the Ph.D. program

GRE Scores - FSU school code: 5219, scores are good for 5 years after the exam is taken

  • The minimum scores accepted are:
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Q) score: 155
    • Verbal Reasoning (V) score: 146
  • The Average GRE scores of students who were offered admission in Fall 2017 were
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Q) score: 163
    • Verbal Reasoning (V) score: 150
  • The Average GRE scores of students who were awarded assistantships in Fall 2017 were
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Q) score: 166
    • Verbal Reasoning (V) score: 156

Scores will be considered by the department for up to 5 years after the exam is taken. If ETS will not send your scores but it has been within 5 years since you sat for an exam, please include your official test score copy in your online application.

English-speaking Scores - if your first language is not English, you must submit an English-speaking test score.

  • If you do not wish to be considered for funding, you must have a minimum score of the following on one of the following tests:
    • TOEFL Overall: 80
    • MELAB: 80
    • IELTS Overall: 6.5
  • To be considered for funding, you must have at least the following:
    • TOEFL Overall: 90
    • Speaking score: 23

If you are an international student and wish to be considered for an assistantship, you cannot waive your TOEFL requirement, and must submit a TOEFL score.

  • The Average TOEFL scores of students who were offered admission in Fall 2017 were:
    • Overall: 85
    • Speaking: 22
  • The Average TOEFL scores of students who were offered an assistantship in Fall 2017 were
    • Overall: 102
    • Speaking: 23

Scores will be considered by the department for up to 5 years after the exam is taken. If ETS will not send your scores but it has been within 5 years since you sat for an exam, please include your official test score copy in your online application.

TOEFL WAIVER: If you have a degree (BS, MS, or higher) from a US school or a country where English is the native language, the University's TOEFL score requirement can be waived. However, all international students who are receiving an assistantship that scored 25 or below on the TOEFL speaking section will be required to take a SPEAK test given by FSU in early August. If you are an international student and wish to be considered for an assistantship, you cannot waive your TOEFL requirement, and must submit a TOEFL score.

Required Documentation - you will be asked for in the online application

  • Application for Admission and Graduate Assistantships
    • This form will be provided within the online application and is required even if you do not need financial aid and are receiving funding from another source.
  • Letters of Recommendation - 3 Required
    • Preferably academic and/or professional letters
  • Resume and/or Curriculum Vitae
    • Include all relevant academic and work
  • Statement of Purpose
    • A 1-3 page statement describing your background, accomplishments, and goals
  • Unofficial Transcript(s) from all previous institutions in English
  • Test Scores
    • GRE, and TOEFL scores if necessary, must be received by FSU’s Office of Admissions in order to consider your application. If your scores are too old to be sent, but were still taken within the last five years, please include your official copy of your test scores with your online application. FSU’s school code is 5219.

Financial Aid Information - an applicant's eligibility for a departmental teaching or research assistantship will be considered during the evaluation for admission

  • Initial financial aid decisions: April 1st
  • Deadline for those receiving offers: April 15th

More information on financial aid availability including university fellowships and external sources of aid can be found at http://gradschool.fsu.edu/Funding-Awards