We welcome students with various academic and professional backgrounds to apply for admission to our program.
To apply for the MSSP program at Boston University, you should submit an application to the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Application materials must be submitted directly to the Graduate School, not to our department.
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 statistical practice. The Graduate School has begun offering application fee waivers to domestic applicants for the Fall 2023 admissions cycle. Please visit the Graduate School’s website for eligibility requirements.
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Fall Semester Admission
- Applications for Fall 2024 will be available online starting September 1st, 2022. Due to the high volume of applications we receive each year, we kindly request that applicants do not inquire about the status of their application before March 15th.
- If you missed the March 15th priority application deadline, don’t worry—we are accepting applications for Fall 2024 on a rolling basis until June 30th! Because admission to the MSSP program is competitive, we encourage you to submit your application soon.
Spring Semester Admission
- Unfortunately, we do not currently accept applications for Spring semester admission.
Applicants who submit their materials on or before the March 15th priority deadline should receive an admission decision by the middle of March.
- Three (3) letters of recommendation are required for all applicants to the MSSP program. Applicants with prior work experience are welcome to submit a recommendation from their current or former work/internship supervisor.
- The GRE is NOT required to apply to the program.
- If you choose to submit, please send GRE test scores to Boston University GRE Institution Code 3087 (scores received more than 5 years ago are not valid).
- No GRE subject test is required for application to the MSSP program.
- Accepted standardized tests include Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), TOEFL iBT Home Edition, International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Cambridge English Qualifications, and Duolingo. Please note, the TOEFL ITP exam will not be accepted as proof of English proficiency.
- Minimum requirements: (see more here)
We understand that financing a college education can be difficult, and we strive to help as many applicants as possible pursue their personal, professional, and academic goals here at Boston University. Therefore, we are happy to to offer merit-based tuition assistance to students in the MSSP program in the form of merit-based scholarships. These scholarships provide partial tuition to both domestic and international full-time students who demonstrate an exceptional academic history and a passion for the field of statistical practice. Scholarships are awarded at the time of admission and do not require a separate application. Because the amount of scholarship aid varies from year to year and is based on a variety of factors, we are not able to provide a specific dollar amount that may be awarded.
The MSSP program actively seeks students with diverse educational backgrounds and career goals. In order to ensure that all of our students are prepared to succeed, MSSP coursework generally requires a solid foundation in the following areas:
- Calculus and core statistics (either through previous coursework or equivalent work experience)
- Familiarity with computing (e.g., a one-semester programming course, experience in R, etc.)
- Exposure to probability and linear algebra is beneficial
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Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the difference between the MA program in Statistics and the MSSP Program?
Can the MSSP Program be completed part-time?
What is the cost of attending the MSSP program?
Are any MSSP courses offered online?
Which statistical programming languages are taught and used in the program?
Are there internship opportunities available for MSSP students?
Do you have any information about post-graduation employment?
I have a GPA of x, GREs of y, and a TOEFL score of z. What chance do I have of being admitted?
- TOEFL: 100 Overall Score (25 recommended in each section). Internet-based Test (iBT) only. We do not accept “MyBest Scores.”
- IELTS: 7.0 Overall Band Score
- Cambridge English Qualifications: 185 Overall Score on B2 First, C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency exams
- Duolingo: 130 Overall Score
Applicants will not need to submit these scores if they:
- are a citizen of the United States (including permanent residents), Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Canada (except Quebec and Nunavut), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, Micronesia, Montserrat, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, United Kingdom, Zimbabwe.
- are currently enrolled as a full-time student in a degree-granting program at a university in one of the countries listed above for at least two consecutive years by the time of graduation
- have received, or expect to receive, an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution in one of the countries listed above, after at least two consecutive years of academic study
- have received, or expect to receive, a graduate degree from an accredited institution in one of the countries listed above. Dual-enrollment and satellite programs may not qualify
- will have completed at least two consecutive years of academic study in a country not listed above, at an accredited institution where the language of instruction is English, up to two years prior to pursuing studies at Boston University. An acknowledgment that English is the primary language of instruction must be on the transcript, or provided on letterhead by your home institution when submitting your application
- are currently a resident, or have been pursuing post-graduate work in one of the countries listed above, for at least two years immediately prior to starting at Boston University
Applicants will need to submit English proficiency scores if do not satisfy any of the conditions outlined above, or if they:
- were enrolled remotely (excluding those adhering to the COVID-19 policies of their home institution) in an institution referenced above
- have received, or expect to receive, their undergraduate degree in a country referenced above via a partnership or dual degree program that did not require at least two consecutive years of academic study at an institution in said country
- have received, or expect to receive their undergraduate degree in a country different to those listed above, via a partnership or dual degree program that did not require at least two consecutive years of academic study at an institution where the language of instruction is English
- earned their degree at a foreign satellite campus affiliated with an institution in one of the countries referenced above
- have only studied as an exchange student in an English-speaking country
Additional information for international candidates can be found on the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences website.
Which GRE tests are required in order to apply?
May I substitute GMAT scores for GRE scores?
My native language is not English, but I have received a degree from an institution where the instruction is in English. Do I need to submit the results of a TOEFL exam?
Do I have to include official score reports for my GRE and/or TOEFL exams? Will photocopies suffice?
Do you offer admission during the Spring semester?
Is MSSP a STEM program?
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