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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.

Tuition and Fees (2016-2017)

Ohio Resident$12,424.80 / year
Non-Ohio Resident$32,872.80 / year
Living Expenses$16,202.00 / 9 mo.

Listed amounts include the current total cost of tuition and fees for 2 semesters for a full-time student and estimated living expenses for nine months. Refer to the Registrar’s website for details on tuition and fees. Note: our master’s degrees are typically four semesters and our PhD students usually complete their program in five years with funding.

Financial Aid

Approximately 90% of our students are funded each year, typically through a fellowship, teaching associateship (TA), or research associateship (RA). Note that we do not usually admit PhD students without funding and about half of our master’s students are funded currently. We expect to continue supporting students to whom we initially offer financial support until their degree is completed.

All applicants for admission to our programs are considered for funding through the program via fellowships or associateships and there is no separate application to fill out for funding consideration.

Eligibility Requirements

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.

To be eligible for a TA appointment, applicants must have:

  • at least a 3.0 GPA
  • minimum score of 100 on the TOEFL for international applicants

Benefits

Students who are awarded a university fellowship or graduate enrichment fellowship by the graduate school or a TA or RA by the department are awarded the following benefits. A typical appointment for a TA or RA is for nine months and twelve months for students on fellowship. See the Graduate School website for details.

  • Tuition (instructional and general fees and non-resident fees if applicable) is covered through a graduate fee authorization. The breakdown of the 2016-2017 tuition and fees can be seen on the Registrar’s website.
  • Monthly stipend (current stipend is $1,996 for incoming master's students, $2,180 for incoming statistics PhD students, with higher stipends up to $2,764 for more advanced statistics PhD students)
  • 85% health insurance subsidy

Duties

As a TA, a student might be assigned as a grader, an in-class recitation leader, or the instructor of a class. With regard to RA appointments, individual faculty members have funds to hire a student to support their research. Each semester a handful of students are also appointed as RAs or TAs to work for the Statistical Consulting Center. Students on RA or TA appointments usually work an average of 20 hours a week.

Fellowships are awarded for the purpose of allowing the student to focus on his/her academics. As such, fellows are not permitted to work and instead typically have a somewhat heavier course load than their peers.

Additional Resources

Student Financial Aid (loans, grants, special scholarships, etc.)

Discovery Scholars Program (funding opportunity that aims to increase the diversity of our graduate student body)

Graduate School (external funding, financial education)

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I Contact Faculty Members About a TA/RA Position?

Please DO NOT contact faculty members about TA/RA positions. All TA offers come from the graduate committee based on a review of admission materials and all applicants for admission are considered. We do not offer RA positions to incoming students.

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.

For How Long Will My Financial Support Be Continued?

We expect to continue supporting students to whom we initially offer financial support until their degree is completed. Such support may be in the form of a teaching associateship (TA), research associateship (RA), or fellowship. That period is up to two years for a student in the MAS or MS program, and five to six years for students in the PhD program. Continued funding is contingent on the student making suitable progress toward the degree and satisfactory completion of assigned duties as a TA or RA.