Graduate Admissions

To assure full consideration for fellowships and financial assistance, applications for the Winter Semester should be complete by October 15 and applications for the Fall Semester should be complete by January 15.


An undergraduate degree in statistics is not required, but applicants must have at least three semesters of calculus (at the level taught math, physics and engineering students) and at least one semester of probability and mathematical statistics. A class in linear algebra is also highly recommended, and successful students generally have one or more semesters of linear models (i.e. regression and analysis of variance).

Application Procedures

Applicants are required to complete the MU Online Graduate Application for Admission (new link) .

(Note: Applicants completing the on-line Graduate Application for Admission will be able to continually monitor the status of their application from the web-based system. The online application provides the most convenient and efficient way to apply for graduate study at MU and is the preferred method of applying.)

The non-refundable application-processing fee is $65.00 US for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents and $90.00 US for Non-Resident Aliens (Internationals).

The following items can be submitted online or sent to the Graduate Admissions office:      

  • You will have to submit online unofficial copies of transcripts from every college or university you have attended. If you are accepted to the program, you will be required to submit official copies of transcripts.

  • Letter of intent explaining why you want to pursue graduate studies in statistics at the University of Missouri.

  • Your resume (may be uploaded with your online application).

  • Your Personal Statement (may be uploaded with your online application).

  • Three recommendation letters either using the Letter of Reference and sent directly by the individual to our department, or they may use the ApplyYourself form if they submit a letter electronically to your online application.

  • Your official GRE scores (sent directly from the Educational Testing Service).

  • A copy of your official TOEFL or IELTS score. Your official TOEFL or IELTS scores (sent directly from the Educational Testing service) must be submitted directly to the Graduate Admission Office (210 Jesse Hall, Columbia, MO 65211)*International Applicants only.

  • GRE, TOEFL, IELTS Score Guidelines (minimum levels normally expected):
    Cumulative GPA = 3.0 or above;
    GRE-Quantitative= 148 or above (155 or above for doctoral students);
    For native English speakers: GRE-Verbal = 146;
    For international students: TOEFL= 550/80 (paper/internet) or IELTS= 6.5.
    Successful international applicants for financial aid generally have TOEFL scores of at least 590/97 (paper/internet).

  • The ETS Personal Potential index (PPI) is optional. If you submit your PPI, we will include it in our review of your application.

  • The Statistics Department Graduate Application Form (requires Acrobat Reader 4 or later) is only required by current MU graduate students seeking admission to our graduate program.


The University of Missouri code is R6875 and the department code is 0705.

For questions about supplemental admission materials, please contact::

Kathleen Maurer
146 Middlebush Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Director of Graduate Admissions, Dr. Chong He, or her Assistant, Kathleen Maurer.