Admissions for Graduate Studies in Statistics

Applying

To apply to study statistics with us at Boston University, you submit an application to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.  Application materials must be submitted directly to the Graduate School, not to our department.  However, on the application please be sure to indicate that (i) you are applying for admission to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and (ii) that you wish to specialize in statistics/probability. You will need to chose either MA or PhD in Mathematics (for whichever you are applying) and then in the area of specialization write Statistics/Probability. Also, please note that the application fee must be paid in order for an application to be processed.

Deadlines

Fall semester admission: January 15

Spring semester admission: September 30

All required materials must be received at the graduate school by the deadline.

Required Tests

GRE
  • General test required for all applicants (no specific minimum score required)
  • Mathematics subject test is encouraged for PhD applicants, but not required.It is not required for MA applicants.(Please Note: If you intend to focus primarily on probability as a PhD student, then the GRE mathematics subject test is strongly encouraged in order to make your application competitive.)
TOEFL
  • Proof of English proficiency is required of all applicants by submitting official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). This requirement is waived only if you have received, or expect to receive, an undergraduate or graduate degree from a college or university in any of the following countries prior to enrollment in GRS: the United States of America, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, or Ireland.
  • Boston University has minimial score requirements for both TOEFL and IELTS.  Please see the appropriate Graduate School pages for details.

Financial Aid

You may request Financial Aid from Boston University on the graduate application.  Please note that almost all of our students begin their programs in the Fall semester and almost all of our financial aid is earmarked for applicants to the Department’s PhD program.

For US Citizens and Permanent Residents, information on additional possible federal sources of financial aid include the following.

 

International Students

Applications from prospective international students are required to include certain additional information, including an International Student Data Form and a copy of the personal information page from your current passport. For descriptions of these and other such requirements, please see the Graduate School webpage.

Questions

  • Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  • Admissions decisions are typically completed by April 15 (fall semester admission) and December 1 (spring semester admission). Financial aid decisions are generally (but not always) made at the same time as admissions decisions. Due to the volume of applications received, we request that applicants do not inquire about their applications before these dates.
  • Other questions: statadm@math.bu.edu