Applications are accepted for Fall admission, only.  Applications become available in mid- to late October and have an application deadline of January 15th.  The committee will start reviewing the applications in early December. Although all the completed applications will receive full consideration, early applications are strongly recommended. There is no separate application for financial aid. Simply check yes on the box that asks if you wish to be considered for financial aid (Teaching Assistantships). Incomplete applications will not be considered.  We’re committed to promoting diversity and the understanding of diversity among our faculty and students, and across curricula. For more information on graduate diversity programs and activities, please visit The Office of Diversity Initiatives in the Graduate Studies Dean’s Office. Please apply directly via our online application and carefully read both the ApplyYourself online instructions and the following with regard to our requirements when applying. 

NOTE:  All applications must be submitted online. You are to upload copies of your transcripts as well.  If you are recommended for an admission, we will request, at that time, your original transcripts be mailed to us and we will provide you adequate time to do so.  Do not mail in any original transcripts or documents unless we ask you to do so.  

  1. $75 check or payment voucher if you choose to pay your application fee by credit card. When you have completed your online application, you will be asked to pay the application fee, after which your application is transmitted through a secure server. Only after you complete and submit your application will it be available for review by the Department of Statistics. The university provides fee waiver provisions for certain applicant groups, and here is the link
  2. Upload copies of your undergraduate transcripts and when applicable, graduate transcripts, with your online application.  If you are recommended for an admission, certified transcripts and translations of all undergraduate and graduate study will be required at the time of your admission recommendation.
  3. Career statement/statement of purpose. You should submit your statement of purpose in the "Additional Information" section of the online application for admission, which allows you to upload your document. Please also upload CV's or research/writing papers as well.
  4. Three forms/letters of recommendation. You should submit the names of three referees with your online application for admission. The recommendation form we ask to be included with each letter of recommendation is available for download as a pdf file once you begin your online application process. Referees should submit their recommendations electronically.
  5. GRE Scores: The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score is required for application to our PhD program. There is no specific score requirement as the GRE is only one aspect of your application that the committee looks at during the review process.  You should self-report your scores on the online application for informational purposes; however, you must have ETS submit official GRE scores to us.  The institutional code for the University of Pittsburgh is 2927, and if needed, the department code for Statistics is 0705. GRE scores are acceptable for five years after the test date.
  6. Submission of the TOEFL or IELTS is a University requirement for all applicants whose native language is not English (even if English has been the medium of instruction in your courses). The required minimum TOEFL score of 90, with at least a score of 22 in all of the four sections of speaking, listening, reading and writing is required for all applicants.  The required minimum IELTS score of 7.0 with at least 6.5 in all four sections is required for all applicants.  Please enter your scores in the TOEFL section of the online application.  TOEFL scores submitted must not be more than two years old. An official copy of the test score must be sent directly from ETS or IELTS to our department. The institution code is 2927, and the department code is 59. Personal copies of test scores are not acceptable. 
  7. TOEFL OR IELTS EXEMPTION:  Applicants who are citizens of a country where the official language is English are exempt from submission of the TOEFL or IELTS.  Applicants who have completed or about to complete a bachelor's degree or graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States are exempt from submission of the TOEFL or IELTS.
  8. Note: When applying for the Master's in Statistics or the Master's in Applied Statistics, the MA is the non-thesis option. The MS is the thesis option.  Please choose the correct degree in the program of study drop-down box in ApplyYourself. While both MA and MS are valid options, admission to MS is rare. Most of our current Applied Statistics master students are in Master of Arts.

Your application must be submitted by the deadline date.  Any application materials needing mailed after that date should be sent to the following address.

Graduate Committee
University of Pittsburgh
Department of Statistics
1800 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 S. Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA  15260

Many questions about our graduate program can be answered by checking our FAQ's or contact the Academic Coordinator, for additional questions.