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The following information applies to the Master of Applied Statistics, Master of Science in Statistics and PhD in Statistics programs. Information on our PhD in Biostatistics can be found on the Biostatistics program website. Refer to the Frequently Asked Questions section below for details.

Note: If you are a current graduate student in another department at Ohio State and you want to pursue one of our graduate degrees simultaneously, see the last frequently asked question on this page for details on the requirements and process to pursue a dual degree.

Admission Requirements

The following are the standard requirements to be eligible for admission into any of our graduate programs. Note that successful applicants typically have scores that meet or are higher than those required to be eligible for a University Fellowship award (3.6 GPA, 4 GRE writing, 75th percentile average on GRE quantitative and verbal sections).

  • four-year baccalaureate or higher degree (in any field) from an accredited college or university prior to beginning our program
  • coursework in multivariable calculus and linear algebra
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in all previous undergraduate and graduate work
  • GRE General Test (no minimum score requirement)
  • 100 on the TOEFL iBT (international applicants)

Application Deadlines

To maximize funding consideration, all application materials must be received by the applicable deadline below. Though we do offer admission for the spring semester, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for autumn admission due to course sequences and funding opportunities. Chances for obtaining funding are greater for those who complete the application by January 1, 2017.

Admission Term*Application OpensU.S. Applicant Deadline International Applicant Deadline
Spring 2017 December 1, 2015 December 1, 2016 November 1, 2016
Autumn 2017September 1, 2016April 1, 2017March 1, 2017

*Spring semester starts in January and autumn semester starts in August. See the Academic Calendar for details.

How to Apply

(See the Graduate School Application Instructions for additional details).
  • Online Application and Application Fee | Complete the online application and pay the application fee ($60 for U.S. students and $70 for international students).
  • Personal Statement | Upload your personal statement to the online application.
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae | Upload your resume/curriculum vitae to the online application.
  • GRE | Request that ETS send official GRE General Test scores to The Ohio State University using our institution code 1592 (no department code).
  • English Proficiency Scores | If your native language is not English and you have been educated primarily outside of the U.S., have official TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS scores sent directly from the testing agency to The Ohio State University using our institution code 1592 (no department code). See the FAQs below for details on exemptions.
  • Letters of Recommendation | In the online application, list contact information for three recommenders. At least one letter should be from an academic reference.
    • If you wish to use the online recommendation process, select that option. After you have submitted your online application, your recommenders will receive an email with a link to upload their letters. We strongly recommend that you provide official institutional email addresses for your recommenders (e.g., osu.edu address rather than a yahoo.com address). The online process is preferred.
    • If you do not wish to use the online process, letters of recommendation must be sent directly from your recommender to our program office (address below). Paper letters must be written on recommenders' original letterhead stationery and each letter should be accompanied by a completed Reference Form.
      Graduate Studies Committee Chair
      Department of Statistics
      The Ohio State University
      404 Cockins Hall
      1958 Neil Avenue
      Columbus, Ohio 43210-1247, U.S.A.
  • Transcripts | Upload one copy of your official transcripts to the online application. If you do not have a copy of your official transcript, have your institution send an electronic copy to gpadocs@osu.edu or have paper copies sent to the Graduate and Professional Admissions office (address below).
    • Advising reports or web printouts are NOT acceptable; they must be images of official transcripts (front and back)
    • Even if transfer credit is listed on your final transcript, you must submit the transcript from each individual institution you attended for post-secondary coursework
    • International credentials should include certified educational records and degree certificates or diplomas in the original language with English translations
    • If you have not completed your degree yet, submit your transcript as it is currently.
    • If admitted, you will be required to submit final, official transcripts
    • If you attended Ohio State, you do not need to upload an Ohio State transcript, but be sure to list Ohio State in the “Previous Education” section of the application

      Regular postal address for mailing within the U.S.
      Graduate and Professional Admissions
      P.O. Box 182004
      Columbus, OH 43218-2004

      Express mail address for mailing from outside the U.S.
      Graduate and Professional Admissions
      Student Academic Services Building
      281 W. Lane Ave.
      Columbus, OH 43210-1132 USA

Monitor Your Application Status Online

Your initial status will first become available two to three days after we receive your application and you should monitor the status of your application at appstatus.osu.edu. First time applicants are sent an email assigning an Ohio State ID and username. Previous Ohio State students will use their regular Ohio State login. If you didn't attach all required documents to your application, you can use the Admissions Uploader to submit the remaining items. Note that this will add to your application and not replace previously uploaded documents. Updated transcripts should be sent to gpadocs@osu.edu or to the Graduate and Professional Admissions Office mailing address above. Test scores and transcripts typically take a couple of weeks to be processed. Note that during the months of December and January, we do receive an influx of applications and processing time may take longer. Transcripts will be noted as “received” when the Graduate and Professional Admissions office receives them and “completed” once they have been vetted. If your status shows missing letters of recommendation, you can manage your recommendations at go.osu.edu/lor.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can My Application Fee Be Waived?

Unfortunately, our Department does not provide fee waivers. The following are circumstances by which a student could potentially have the application fee waived.

McNair Scholars: McNair Scholars are eligible for application fee waivers. Applicants should note their participation in the McNair program on the Ohio State graduate admission application and follow the instructions for verification.

Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) Scholars: SROP Scholars are eligible for application fee waivers. Applicants should note their participation in SROP at any CIC institution, including Ohio State’s SROP program, on the Ohio State graduate admission application and follow the instructions for verification.

Big Ten Academic Alliance Free App: FreeApp is designed to increase access to graduate education for students who possess qualities and experiences that enhance the diversity of the intellectual, cultural, and social environments at Big Ten Academic Alliance universities. Through this program, prospective students from underrepresented populations can request a graduate application fee waiver.

I Have Not Earned My Bachelor’s Degree Yet. Can I Still Apply?

If you will have earned your bachelor’s degree by the time you begin your graduate studies in our program, you are eligible to apply. For instance, if you will complete your coursework in May 2017, you can apply for our autumn 2017 admission term, which begins in August. Submit your current transcript when you apply. If admitted, you will be required to submit your final transcript with your final grades and earned degree by your first semester in our program.

My Undergraduate Major Was Not Statistics or Math. Can I Still Apply?

While an undergraduate degree in mathematics has been the traditional route to graduate work in statistics, it is not necessary. We are fortunate in having statistics/biostatistics graduate students from many undergraduate disciplines currently in the department. These include accounting, biology, business, computer science, economics, engineering, finance, genetics, management, medicine, psychology, music, and even Latin! We find that this mix of students' backgrounds creates a great atmosphere in the department, and we believe that this is a real strength of the department. To be eligible for admission into any of our graduate programs, applicants must have at least a four-year baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited college or university prior to beginning our program. The important features of your undergraduate education for our graduate programs will be a strong mathematics background that includes advanced calculus and good quantitative skills.

Are There Any Course Prerequisites to Be Eligible for Admission?

Required prerequisites include coursework in multivariable calculus and linear algebra equivalent to the Ohio State courses MATH 2153 (Calculus III) and MATH 2568 (Linear Algebra). For PhD applicants, additional background in mathematical analysis is highly desirable but not required. Applicants must complete these prerequisites prior to beginning our program.

What Are the GPA, GRE, And TOEFL Requirements for Admission?

Ohio State requires a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in all previous undergraduate and graduate work for regular admission to graduate school. Note that undergraduate and graduate GPAs are calculated separately and each GPA is calculated from all credit earned at the corresponding level.

We require the GRE General Test; we do not require any of the GRE Subject Tests. We do not have a minimum score requirement for the GRE.

For international students who are required to take the TOEFL, we require at least a 600 on the paper-based TOEFL (100 on the iBT). When making TA offers, we look for TOEFL scores that are higher than these departmental minimums.

Most successful applicants to our programs have GPA and GRE scores at least as high as those required for the University Fellowship competition as described below.

What Are the Requirements to Be Considered for a Fellowship?

All applicants for admission are considered for financial aid through the department. Applicants do not apply separately to be considered for a fellowship. Eligibility requirements are listed below, though, sometimes exceptions can be made for exceptional applicants.

The requirements for students to be nominated in the University Fellowship competition (and typical for many applicants admitted) include the following:

  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.6 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent on another numerical scale, such as 4.5 on a 5.0 scale, 5.4 on a 6.0 scale, etc.); or First Class rank in a British-based grading system; or overall percentage of at least 88% for percentage graded systems.
  • An average of at least the 75th percentile on the Verbal and Quantitative components of the GRE General Test and at least a 4.0 on the Analytical Writing component. Please note that the requirement does NOT mean that you must have a 75th percentile in both the Verbal and Quantitative components, but rather that the average across both must be at least 75.

To be nominated in the Graduate Enrichment Fellowship competition, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • U.S. Citizen who demonstrates significant potential to contribute to the diversity of the Graduate School
  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.1 on a 4.0 scale
  • An average of at least the 40th percentile on the Verbal and Quantitative components of the GRE General Test and at least a 3.5 on the Analytical Writing component. Please note that the requirement does NOT mean that you must have a 40th percentile in both the Verbal and Quantitative components, but rather that the average across both must be at least 40.
What Are the Requirements to Be Considered for a Teaching Associateship?

All applicants for admission are considered for financial aid through the department. Applicants do not apply separately to be considered for a teaching associateship (TA). To be considered for a TA position, applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA and a minimum score of 100 on the TOEFL for international applicants. When making TA offers, we look for scores that are higher than these departmental minimums.

Am I Required to Submit English Proficiency Scores?

The university requires any applicant whose native language is not English, and who has been educated primarily outside of the U.S., to submit official TOEFL, MELAB or IELTS scores. Applicants who are citizens of or who will have received a bachelor’s degree or higher prior to starting our program from one of the following countries are exempt from the English proficiency requirement: Australia, Belize, the British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, the United States and Wales. If you have questions about this requirement, you can contact the Graduate and Professional Admissions office at gpadmissions@osu.edu.

Do You Accept WES Evaluations?

We do not accept the evaluation portion of a WES document because our admissions office does our own evaluation of your GPA. If the WES package includes scans of the official documents, we will accept these as certified, official transcripts.

Should I Seek Out an Advisor?

No. Unlike some other departments, we admit students to the statistics department to work in statistics or biostatistics, but not to work with a particular faculty member. Master’s students are typically advised by the Graduate Studies Chair. PhD students, together with faculty members, decide who will be their PhD dissertation advisor(s) and committee members, typically in their third year of the program.

What Should Be in My Personal Statement?

The personal statement should describe why you want to study statistics and what you plan to do with your degree. The statement is used by us and, for the fellowship candidates, by the university committee to assess the applicant’s interest in statistics, motivation to obtain a graduate degree, and potential fit with our program. The statement is extremely important in the fellowship competition and often makes or breaks the case for a fellowship candidate.

Do I Need to Submit Financial Documents as Part of the Application?

Any international applicant who is recommended for admission and not offered funding must submit documents to prove that you have sufficient financial resources to fund your academic program. Instructions will be sent to you if and when the program recommends you for admission. Financial documents are not required until admission has been recommended and instructions have been sent. Domestic applicants are not required to complete a financial review. Additional information can be found on the Graduate and Professional Admissions website.

I Don't Know If I Want a Master’s or PhD Degree. For which Should I Apply?

It is better if you apply for the PhD degree if you are undecided. One real advantage of our degree programs is the ease of switching among them in the first year of the program. Many of the required first-year classes for the MAS, MS in Statistics, PhD in Statistics, and PhD in Biostatistics degrees are the same or similar.

Can I Edit My Application After I Have Submitted It?

If you need to correct any information you filled out in the online application, you can contact the Graduate and Professional Admissions office at gpadmissions@osu.edu with the updates. If you would like to update your Personal Statement or your CV, you can upload them via the Admissions Uploader. Updated transcripts can be sent to the Graduate and Professional Admissions office at gpadocs@osu.edu.

I Want to Get a Master’s Degree in Statistics While I Work Simultaneously On Another Graduate Degree at Ohio State. What Do I Need to Do?

Students may pursue two Ohio State graduate degrees simultaneously and potentially in less time than completing the courses separately. This option is called a dual degree program. Students who wish to pursue a dual degree must complete all the requirements of each individual degree. Some coursework may be double-counted. If admitted into the dual degree, the student would plan out his/her coursework with the approval of the student’s advisor from each program. by submitting two separate applications.

Applicants who have not yet been admitted to a graduate program at Ohio State and are interested in pursuing a dual degree can apply directly to both programs by submitting two seperate applications.

Current Ohio State graduate students who are interested in doing a dual degree with one of our master’s degrees should contact the Statistics Graduate Studies Chair, Dr. Doug Critchlow (dec@stat.osu.edu), to discuss details of the program and to fill out a preliminary form. Once the form has been submitted, the student is considered an “external masters student.” "External masters students" are essentially prospective dual degree students and may be given some priority in enrolling for our classes. Before being admitted into the dual degree, students must complete at least 12 credit hours of graduate level Statistics courses, preferably including STAT 6301/6302 (MAS) or 6801/6802 (MS) with at least a 3.6 GPA in the statistics courses and at least a 3.6 cumulative GPA. Once the student has met these requirements, the student may be admitted into the dual degree by filling out the online dual degree form at GRADFORMS.OSU.EDU.