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Prospective Graduate Students

Note: Dr. Ji, the graduate coordinator for admissions,  will host a webinar on graduate studies and career in statistics, at 4:00PM, Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Please go to and install the Zoom software to attend. No registration is needed.

We offer two graduate programs in statistics: the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and the Master of Science (MS). Master's degrees are not required for the PhD program applicants.

Departmental Minimum Requirements for Admission

There are several courses that are required for admission into a graduate program in the Department of Statistics:

At least a brief background in Statistics;

Three semesters of Calculus

(i.e. Differential, Integral, and Multivariate Calculus); and

A course in Linear Algebra

Graduate School Minimum Requirements for Admission

The minimum requirements for admission to the Graduate School of the University of Georgia are:

Overall GPA of 3.0; and
Strong Quantitative GRE score

For international students who are required to submit a TOEFL score:

Minimum TOEFL pBT: Score of 530
Minimum TOEFL cBT: Score of 213
Minimum TOEFL iBT:
  • Overall score of 80;
  • Writing score of 20; and
  • Speaking score of 20

Note: An international student may waive the TOEFL if s/he is from an English speaking country, or if s/he has a degree from an institution of higher learning in an English-speaking country. Please contact for TOEFL waiver.

Minimum IELTS Score
  • Overall Band-Width of 6.5, with no single band (score) below 6.0


Details of Application

  1. The online application forms may be accessed from the Graduate School's web site,
  2. A non-refundable fee of $75 for domestic applicants and $100 for international applicants must be paid upon submission of your application.
  3. You must submit the names and e-mail addresses of 3 people who will write your letters of recommendation. The Graduate School will solicit online letters from these people.
  4. You must upload the copy of your transcript from each college or university you have attended. If you are admitted, you will be asked to send the official copy to the Graduate School.
  5. You must have official GRE and/or TOEFL (or IELTS) scores sent to the Graduate School.
  6. You must submit your resume and statement of purpose. 


For applicants seeking financial support

(Fall semesters only)

January 1st 
For applicants not seeking financial support

Fall (August)

  • International:  15 April
  • Domestic:  1 July

Spring (January)

  • International:  15 October
  • Domestic:  15 November

Summer (June)

  • International:  15 February
  • Domestic:  1 May

Note: In general, new students are eligible to recieve financial support only if they start in Fall. Applicants for other semesters or who apply late for Fall will be added to a waiting list only if the applicant enrolls in the program.

Departmental Evaluation of Applications

All applications are evaluated by a committee of faculty members within the Department of Statistics. Among the factors that receive a high priority are:

The applicant's performance in mathematical and statistical coursework; and
What the letters of recommendation indicate about the applicant's ability to pursue graduate study in a mathematical science

Further Questions

If you have further questions, please contact the Graduate Student Coordinator, Pengsheng Ji. You may also email Dr. Pengsheng Ji. 

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