Graduate Admissions

Application Procedure

Electronic submission of applications for graduate admission is required through the Admissions Office of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Please go to http://graduate.as.virginia.edu/# to begin the application process.

Among the materials to be submitted with the online application, three letters of recommendation, transcripts of previous undergraduate and graduate work, and GRE scores for the General Exam are required. Foreign students whose native language is not English, and who have not completed all four years of a baccalaureate degree in the United States, are also required to take the TOEFL exam to demonstrate English fluency. (The TOEFL requirement is not automatically waived even if the applicant has or will have obtained a degree from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction.) All applicants are automatically considered for financial aid.

The entire application form, including letters of recommendation, must be completed and submitted online. No application materials should be sent to the department, or to the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. If you are unable to submit any of the required materials electronically, please send an email to the Admissions Office of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences explaining your situation.

Financial Aid

The department typically does not offer financial support to non-Ph.D. students.

For doctoral students, financial aid is awarded on an annual basis (contingent upon satisfactory performance) and is available in the form of fellowships and teaching assistantships. The responsibilities of a first-year student, who has had no prior graduate training in any area, are to assist in discussion sections of large undergraduate courses, typically introductory statistics. After the first year, support typically consists of teaching assistantships, which involve the teaching of undergraduate courses in calculus and statistics. Academic year 14-15 stipends range from $15,600 to $18,000, depending upon experience and duties. Some summer support is also available, on a competitive basis, with typical summer support of approximately $3,000.

Questions?

What concentrations are offered within the Statistics graduate programs?

"Both the MS and PhD program offer concentrations in Biostatistics. The MS program offers a concentration in Data-Analytic Methods, which provides relevant training to students interested in Data Science. It is not necessary to declare any concentration on the graduate admissions application; in fact, most students do not. For more information, please see the graduate programs page.". For more information, please see the graduate programs page.

What are the program prerequisites?

All applicants should have completed coursework on the following subjects: Calculus (through multivariable), a calculus-based course or courses in probability and statistics, and a linear algebra course. Applicants to the PhD program would be well-served by having additional mathematics courses, such as an introduction to proofs and real analysis.

Is an MS required to apply to PhD program?

No. In fact, most of our PhD students do not have a Masters degree.

Where do I find application materials?

All application materials and other information are available here.

The entire application form, including letters of recommendation, must be completed and sub- mitted online. No application materials should be sent to the department, or to the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

What is the application fee?

$85. This cannot be waived.

What is the application deadline?

The application deadline is January 15

Are students admitted for the Spring term?

PhD students are not admitted for the Spring term. It is unusual, but not unheard of, for an MS student to start the program in the spring; however, because the program is not designed for spring admission there is a real possibility such a student would encounter complications the would prevent program completion within three semesters. All applicants, including those who wish to be considered for Spring admission, would need to go through the usual application process, subject to the deadline of January 15 by which the application must be received.

Is there a separate application form for financial support?

No. Just check the box on the application form indicating that you want to be considered for financial support.

If I am admitted will I automatically be offered financial assistance?

No. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer financial support to all admitted students.

What types of financial assistance are there?

Most financial support consists of a combination of a teaching assistantship and a fellowship. Support levels for PhD students are $20,000 during the academic year, plus an opportunity for $4000 of summer funding. Research assistantships are also occasionally available, with comparable levels of support. All PhD students supported as GTA’s or GRA’s receive a full tuition waiver and health benefits. The department typically hires a small number of MS students, paid by the hour, to assist in grading or otherwise support courses taught within the department..

Do I need to take the GRE?

Yes, the GRE General Exam is required. There is no minimum score on the GRE, but most successful PhD applicants have a quantitative score of at least 166 and a verbal score of at least 153 (or, approximately 700 and 500, respectively, on the original GRE grading scale.) Scores are somewhat lower for MS applicants. The GMAT cannot be substituted for the GRE.

Note: In August, 2011, ETS switched to a new grading scale. Related information and conversion tables are found at the following pages: GRE Scores and Verbal Reasoning Concordance Table

Do I need to take the GRE Mathematics Subject Test?

No. Although about 35% of applicants submit a GRE Mathematics Subject Test score, it is not required nor is it advantageous. (So please do not take it for the purpose of this application.)

Do I need to take the TOEFL or IELTS?

A TOEFL or IELTS score from within the last two years is required for applicants whose native language is not English. A minimum score of 90 is required on the iBT (internet-based) version of the TOEFL. Minimum subscores are 22 in speaking, 22 in writing, 23 in reading, and 23 in listening. A minimum score of 600 is required on the paper version. The minimum IELTS score requirement is 7.0.

Note: Applicants completing all four years of a baccalaureate degree in the United States do not need the TOEFL or IELTS. Applicants who are in U.S. graduate programs are not exempt from the TOEFL or IELTS requirement.

Are there additional English language requirements for non-native English speakers? Yes. All such students must achieve a satisfactory score (typically 55) on the SPEAK test, which is administered after admission upon arrival at UVA. (There is no change for this test.)

Students with lower scores will be required to take English language courses given at UVA.

Is there a minimum GPA requirement?

Yes. The Graduate School typically requires a GPA (overall) of at least 3.0. Successful appli- cants (especially for the PhD program) usually have GPA’s of 3.4 or higher.

Can my application be considered with unofficial copies of the GRE/TOEFL?

Yes. But any offer of admission and/or financial support will be contingent upon having official text scores submitted.

What institution code should I use for GRE/TOEFL scores?

Use code 5820. This will send your score to the University Registrar, who will enter it into our university database. Do not have your scores (or anything else) sent directly to the department.

When can I expect to hear of a decision about my application?

All applications arriving by the January 15 deadline will typically receive a response by mid to late February.

How many students are admitted?  Is there a limit on the number of international students?

We typically admit 3-4 PhD students from among 80-90 applicants. We typically admit 25-30 MS students from 250 applicants. There is no limit on the number of international students, which varies from year to year


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