How to Apply

Applying for an M.S., Fifth Year M.S., or Ph.D.

Application Process

Complete Purdue University's Graduate School Online Application. Included in this application you should submit the following:

  • Statement of Purpose.

  • Fellowship Essay/Diversity Statement: Required for all applications.

  • Resume; this is required to be considered for a Fellowship.

  • Recommendation letters are required to be submitted online via Purdue University's Graduate School On-line Application. The Department of Statistics WILL NOT accept recommendation letters that are hand delivered or sent via regular postal mail, express/courier mail or email.

  • Statistics Supplemental form requesting information about math and statistics courses you have taken.

Upload one official transcript (one each in the original language and English translation for international students) from each college or university that you have attended. See How to Submit Transcripts/Diplomas).

International Students only: Submit a copy of each diploma received in the original language and English translation to the Department of Statistics. (See How to Submit Transcripts/Diplomas)

Note to ALL applicants:  All materials should be submitted online through Purdue University's Graduate School Online Application. Additional materials sent to the Department of Statistics WILL NOT be accepted.

Test Scores

Testing Information: 

Applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test and encouraged but not required to take the GRE Subject Test in Advanced Math. The GRE scores that are reported with your application for admission should be no older than two years.  Official scores should be submitted through ETS using the School Code of 1631, no department code is necessary. The average GRE quantitative and analytic scores for graduate students in the department are around the 90th percentile.

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The Department of Statistics will accept either the TOEFL or the IELTS.  The minimum paper-based TOEFL test score is 600, minimum Internet-based test scores are as follows:   Writing 20; Speaking 20; Listening 20; and Reading 20.  Higher scores are preferred for those applicants who wish to be considered for teaching assistantship. No TOEFL or IELTS score should be older than two years. Scores should be submitted through ETS using a School Code of 1631, no department code is necessary. A minimum score of 6.5 or higher is required for the IELTS.

The requirement to submit GRE and TOEFL or IELTS (for applicants whose native language is not English) scores will NOT be waived. The ONLY exception is if you are applying to the 5th year Applied Statistics MS program.

Please visit http://www.ets.org to see information on-line about taking and registering for the GRE and TOEFL test. The local testing center is Sylvan Prometric Testing, 4050 Britt Road, Lafayette, IN 47905, the Phone number is (765) 447-0626.

For the GRE and TOEFL or IELTS, use a School Code of 1631. No department code is needed.

 

For the GRE and TOEFL or IELTS, use a School Code of 1631.
No department code is needed.

NOTE: The requirement to submit GRE and TOEFL or IELTS (for applicants whose native language is not English) scores will NOT be waived (unless you're applying to the 5th year Applied Statistics MS program).

Applying for a Dual Degree

An application for admission to each department must be submitted through Purdue University's Graduate School On-line Application. See instructions above to apply for an M.S. or Ph.D.

A Dual degree applicant is a student who is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in one department and wishes to pursue a Master's degree in another department (both departments must be at Purdue University). The student must submit to the Statistics Graduate Office a Notice of Dual Degree Form - GS18 with the signature of your department head.

Applying for a Graduate Certificate

When you apply through Purdue University's Graduate School On-line Application it will appear as though you are applying to the Graduate School as a regular graduate student (even though you may already be enrolled in the Graduate School through another department). Once you reach the question asking for the Enrollment Objective, select the Certificate Program option. It will default to the information needed to complete the application.

The required documents are:

  • transcript(s) should be submitted to the Graduate School (See How to Submit Transcripts/Diplomas)
  • an academic resume that indicates previous college degrees and current enrollment in graduate or undergraduate programs. This can be uploaded using Purdue University Graduate School Online Application.
  • if you are a current Purdue graduate student, you should submit to the Statistics Graduate Office a Notice of Dual Degree Form - GS18 with the signature of your department head.

All documents must be submitted by the application deadline.

Applying for a Post-Baccalaureate (Non-degree)

When you apply through Purdue University's Graduate School On-line Application it will appear as though you are applying to the Graduate School as a regular graduate student. Once you reach the question asking for the Enrollment Objective and select the Post-Baccalaureate Program (Non-degree) option, it will default to the information needed to complete the application.

A transcript should be submitted. (See How to Submit Transcripts/Diplomas)

How to Submit Transcripts/Diplomas

Transcripts (All applicants) and Copy of Diplomas (International students only) should be uploaded here.

Application Deadlines

Applications for admission and financial support should be complete by January 15 for entry in the fall semester.

For spring admissions, applicants should have all materials received by the Statistics Graduate Office by October 15th.

Attention International Students!:

In anticipation of delays for admission of international students, non-US citizens are urged to complete their applications as soon as possible, and well in advance of the departmental deadline.

 

Further Information

If you still have questions after reviewing our graduate program pages and checking our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page, please contact the Graduate Coordinator at  graduate@stat.purdue.edu.

The Graduate Coordinator can also be reached by phone at 765-494-5794.

Last Updated: Sep 22, 2017 5:14 PM

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