PhD Application Process
PhD Program Application
**The MSU graduate application is changing to a new application system; new instructions will be available soon. Applicants should wait for the new online application to be released in August.**
The Department of Statistics and Probability is accepting applications for our PhD in Statistics program for Fall 2022.
The application for admission, application fee, and all required supporting documents should be submitted no later than February 1, 2022.
For full consideration of MSU Graduate School and College of Natural Science fellowship opportunities, applications should be received by December 1, 2021.
STEPS TO APPLY
Submit the required documents and complete the application by February 1, 2022. For Fellowship consideration, please submit everything by December 1, 2021.
- Please visit the MSU Graduate Application at http://grad.msu.edu/apply/online.aspx for the PhD Program’s REQUIRED online application.
- Choose either the “Domestic Applicants” (U.S. citizens) or “International Applicants” link.
- You will be given an applicant ID number when you create a new application. Save the applicant ID number as you will need it to log in to your application and your Student Portal, where all documents must be uploaded. https://admissions.msu.edu/gradportal/
- Choose the major code: 3877 PhD Statistics
- See our PhD Handbook for program requirements PhD Graduate Handbook
- Upload all required documents. See list below and please use this helpful checklist: Application Checklist
- You must pay the application fee $65 (domestic) or $75 (international). If you are financially unable to pay the fee, visit the Application Fee Waiver site for assistance: https://grad.msu.edu/application-fee-waiver
Applications are accepted for Fall Semester only. We do not accept applications for Spring Semester. You can check your application status through the Student Portal.
Questions? Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your interest in our graduate program.
REQUIRED APPLICATION DOCUMENTS for PhD Program
Official Transcripts: All college course work (undergraduate and graduate), including diplomas and certificates translated in English, must be sent to MSU Office of Admissions directly from the school(s) which you attended or are currently attending. Note: Applicants are encouraged to upload unofficial transcripts to the student portal for the committee to review while we wait for Admissions to add your official transcripts to your profile.
Office of Admissions
Michigan State University
Hannah Administration Building
426 Auditorium Road, Room 250
East Lansing, MI 48824
GRE: The GRE test is required for PhD applicants. Sub tests are not required. Test Scores must be 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. ***GRE test scores are not required for FS2021 applicants due to Covid-19.***
Three (3) Letters of Recommendation: The Department of Statistics and Probability requires THREE (3) letters of recommendation. These must be submitted from professors or other professionals who can assess your promise of success in our graduate program. You cannot upload the letters of reference yourself. 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. As writing and submitting a letter might take some time, please give your recommenders enough time to prepare their letters.
Register your recommenders through the Student Portal.
- Log in and click “Letters of Recommendation” under “Control Panel”.
- In the gray box, click “Register Recommender” and enter in their information.
- Decide if you want to waive your right to access your letters of recommendations, and then click either “Add Recommender” or “Back” to take you to the Letters of Recommendation page.
Do not have hard copy letters of recommendation mailed. They must be submitted through the Student Portal: https://admissions.msu.edu/gradportal/
TOEFL Scores (International Students Only): TOEFL test scores must be 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 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 2022 that would be September 1, 2022.
The minimal TOEFL scores required for regular admission at MSU MSU English Proficiency Requirements:
- Reading 19
- Listening 19
- Speaking 19
- Writing 22
- *Plus 1 point or more on any of these topics to equal a minimum of 80 points.
***NOTE: Due to cancellations of TOEFL, MSU will be temporarily accepting the the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition from applicants affected by these closures.
Advanced Mathematics Profile: Advanced Mathematics Profile Click for link. Fill in the table with every advanced mathematics and statistics course you have completed (with grade) or expect to complete before beginning graduate study at Michigan State University. This information will be used to assess your math and statistics-related preparation. Please list all that apply.
Statement of Purpose: This is sometimes referred to as your Academic and/or Personal Statement.
Affidavit of Support (only for International Students who are not awarded 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 Student Portal.
Resume / CV or other academic documents if you wish, but these are not required.
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