Please Note: This information is for the on-campus masters and PhD programs only. Information about the online MS and Graduate Certificate in Data Analytics is here.

When to Apply

Applications must be complete (see checklist below) by the deadline. Begin the application several days early to allow for Graduate School processing time. The deadline for admission to the Department of Statistics is June 1 for admission the following Fall. Applicants desiring financial aid and a timely decision should have completed the application by January 15 for admission the following Fall. Applications not complete by the June 1 deadline will be rejected. Applications are only accepted for Fall term admission.

Applying for Admission

Admission requirements, application instructions, and a link to the online application system are available from the Graduate Admissions page. Please follow the instructions carefully. The Department of Statistics requires three letters of recommendation along with the university application form, transcripts, official GRE scores, CV, and a statement of objectives. Letters of recommendation should be submitted through the Graduate School's online system. All materials must be submitted directly to the Graduate School. Do not send materials to the Statistics Department.

The Statistics Department's statement about the online application's gender identity and sexual orientation questions is here.

Apply to the Appropriate Program

If you will not have an MS or MA in Statistics before beginning our program, please apply to our MS program. If you are ultimately interested in a PhD, upon successful completion of the MS and approval of the faculty you may be advanced to PhD study. Information about applying directly to the PhD program is here.


Click on the links to view a list of important topics covered in the course.

  • single- and multi-variable calculus (approximately 4 quarters)
  • a course in linear algebra
  • a course in mathematical statistics, two quarters or one year strongly preferred (please check topics; this is not a course in statistical methods)
  • at least one applied statistics course (preferred, not required)
  • MS applicants interested in the PhD are strongly encouraged to have advanced calculus (sometimes called "mathematical analysis" or "real analysis"); applicants to the PhD program must have this prerequisite.


Application Checklist

A complete application consists of the following items. All materials must be received and processed by the Graduate School by the deadline. Begin the application several days before the deadline to allow for Graduate School processing time. It is the applicant's responsibility to log onto the online application system and check that the materials are visible. Please note that after the application is submitted, you will receive an email from the Graduate School with instructions for logging onto the system and uploading documents such as the CV.

  • Application fee
  • Application form
  • Statement of objectives (goals, intent)
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Transcripts (unofficial accepted for application; Graduate school will require official transcripts if and when application accepted)
  • Three letters of recommendation (use on-line system)
  • Official GRE scores (general test--no subject tests required)

For international students:

  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (details and exceptions to this requirement are here; non-native English speakers wishing to be considered for a teaching assistantship must include official TOEFL scores. Graduate School policies on English proficiency for graduate teaching assistants are here.)

Applying for a Concurrent Degree in Statistics

Students enrolled in other graduate degree programs at OSU may apply to do a concurrent MS degree in Statistics. Information and instructions are here.