University of Pittsburgh


Applications for admission are considered throughout the year. However, most students begin their studies in the fall term, and nearly all teaching assistantship commitments are made at that time.

Please apply directly via our online application.

Required materials for Admission

When you have completed your online application, you will be asked to pay the application fee, ($50) 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.


Transcripts:  Upload copies of your undergraduate transcripts and when applicable, graduate transcripts, with your online application.  Applicants do not need to mail official paper transcripts during the admission process.  Certified transcripts and translations of all undergraduate and graduate study will be required no later than time of enrollment.


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.


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.


GRE scores:GRE's are required for applications to the Fall 2015 program and you must have ETS send us your official scores.  The institutional code for the University of Pittsburgh is 2927.


Additional Information for International Applicants:


TOEFL/IELTS: International students are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).  The required minimum score for applicants for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL - internet-based test) is 90 or greater with at least a score of 22 in all of the four sections of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Countries with no internet access test provide the TOEFL paper based-test. A score of 577 on a paper-based test is required. The institution code is 2927. Other exemptions to submission of the TOEFL/IELTS by an international student are as follows:


The applicant is a citizen of a country whose official language

is English.

The applicant has graduated with a degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution.

The applicant graduated from an institution where the language of instruction is English AND where the official national language of the country in which the institution is located is English.


International supplemental form: available here Graduate%20Supplemental%20Form%202151 http:// and will be requested and required when a departmental admission is recommended. It need not be sent in before an admission recommendation.



Note to all applicants: 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.


The application deadline for applying to the Fall Term 2014 for admission and financial support is January 15, 2014. Your application with uploaded documents must be submitted online at the above link by this date. 

Many questions about our graduate program can be answered by checking our FAQ's.  Contact Mary Gerber, Graduate Admissions Administrator,, 412-624-1674 for questions not on the FAQ's.