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Future MSU Graduate Student

The Department of Statistics and Probability is accepting graduate applications for Fall 2021.
The application for admission, application fee, and all required supporting documents should be received no later than February 1, 2021.
For full consideration of fellowship opportunities, applications should be received by December 1, 2020.

A complete application consists of:

  1. MSU Graduate Application at http://grad.msu.edu/apply/online.aspx
    Our majors are:
    (3871) MS Applied Statistics; (3875) MS Statistics; (3877) PhD Statistics
  2. Application to the Department of Statistics and Probability, which you complete by logging into http://www.admissions.msu.edu/gradportal using your applicant ID and password issued when you completed the MSU Graduate Application.
  3. Three letters of recommendation are required and these are included in the Graduate Portal also. There is a place for you to list the name and email of your recommenders and they will be contacted and asked to upload a letter for you. Do not have hard copy letters of recommendation mailed. They must be submitted through the Graduate Portal.
  4. Advanced Mathematics Profile (Click here for link; upload in Graduate Portal)
  5. Statement of Purpose (Upload in Graduate Portal)
  6. Official transcripts of all college work (undergraduate and graduate), including diplomas and certificates. These are to be sent to our Department directly from the school(s) which you attended.

    Our address is:

    Graduate Office
    Department of Statistics and Probability
    C413 Wells Hall, 619 Red Cedar Rd.
    Michigan State University
    East Lansing, MI 48824

    There is no need to send more than one transcript. We will forward the original transcript to the Office of Admissions.
  7. GRE – The GRE test is required for PhD candidates. Sub tests are not required. Test Scores are submitted to the Michigan State University Graduate Admissions Office by the Educational Testing Service. The Institutional Code for MSU is 1465. No department code is necessary.
  8. TOEFL Scores (for International Students Only) Test Scores are submitted to the Michigan State University Graduate Admissions Office by the Educational Testing Service. The Institutional Code for MSU is 1465. No department code is necessary.
    Please note that the Department of Statistics and Probability requires TOEFL and we do not accept other language tests.
    The minimal TOEFL scores required for regular admission are:
    Reading 19; Listening 19, Speaking 19, Writing 22. Plus 1 more point on any of these topics to make a total of 80 points.
    THE TOEFL TEST IS VALID FOR 2 YEARS FROM THE DATE OF THE TEST TO THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS FOR THE ADMIT SEMESTER. FOR FALL SEMESTER 2021 THAT WOULD BE SEPTEMBER 1, 2021.
  9. Affidavit of Support (only for International Students who are not applying for an assistantship): Go to https://grad.msu.edu/internationalapplicants and scroll down to Financial Proof. Fill out the .pdf form. Upload your completed Affidavit of Support along with a certified bank statement to the Graduate Portal.

You may upload a resume or other academic documents if you wish but these are not required.

Applications are accepted for Fall Semester only. We do not accept applications for Spring Semester.

You will be able to check your application status through the Graduate Portal.

Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to some of your questions. If you still need to contact us, please email our Graduate Department at stt.gradoffice@msu.edu

Thank you for your interest in our graduate program.

upcoming events

Colloquium - Patricia Ning

Institution: University of Michigan
Title: Probabilistic machine learning in multivariate time series forecasting
Date: September 8, 2020
Location: C405 Wells Hall
Time: 10:20 AM - 11:10 AM
Refreshments: 10:00AM

Colloquium - Parthanil Roy

Institution: Indian Statistical Institute
Title: Continued fractions, the Chen-Stein method and extreme value theory
Date: September 15, 2020
Location: C405 Wells Hall
Time: 10:20 AM - 11:10 AM
Refreshments: 10:00AM