Admission Requirements

Applications for Autumn 2019 may be submitted online at the Graduate School Application website. We ONLY accept applications for Autumn quarter.

The deadlines for COMPLETED applications are:

  • December 3, 2018 - PhD applications (For PhD applicants, a limited number of teaching assistantships will be available beginning Autumn 2019).

  • Accepted Ph.D. applicants will be invited to attend the Department's Visitation Day, to be held in March 8, 2019. They will have the opportunity to see the campus, meet the faculty, staff, and students, learn more about the academic program, and experience the Seattle social scene. Accommodations for visiting students for the night preceding and the night following Visitation Day will be provided, mainly by our current graduate students, and the department will cover the cost of airfare for Visitation Day up to a maximum of $500. Accepted applicants who wish to visit on a different date will be welcomed but Departmental support will not be available.


Applicants for graduate studies in Statistics are strongly encouraged but not required to take the GRE Mathematics Subject Test. All applicants should arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted online. Unofficial transcripts are required from all previous schools attended. A statement of purpose is also required. Application instructions, including how to apply to the UW Graduate School electronically, are posted at Application for Graduate Admission

All international and immigrant status applicants-including transfer applicants-whose native language is not English are required by the Graduate School to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Almost all of our graduate students are supported through teaching assistantships. To be eligible, you need to satisfy the above and also have either:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited US institution
  • A score of at least 26 on the speaking section of the TOEFL-iBT or 7.0 on the speaking section of the IELTS.

If you have a score of 23-25 on the speaking section of the TOEFL, then if you are admitted, you may take the VERSANT test after you arrive. With a sufficiently high score, you are qualified to teach. Otherwise, you will be required to enroll in and pass English 105.


Submit your application online

Apply through the UW Graduate School website Application for Graduate Admission. The online application will ask you to select a program to apply to, and allow you to save your progress and complete the application over multiple sessions. Do not mail application materials to the department. Please disregard any instructions stating otherwise in the UW application. Please upload PDF files only.

All materials (including transcripts) should be submitted using the Graduate School online application.  A complete application consists of:

  1. Online application and payment of $85 non-refundable application fee (or $75 for Graduate Non-Matriculated applications, subject to change without notice). Go here for The Graduate School FAQ for application fee waivers.
  2. Online submission of Statement of Purpose
  3. Submission of official TOEFL score (most international applicants*) (institution code 4854) 
  4. Online submission of three letters of recommendation**
  5. Online submission of Personal Statement***
  6. Online submission of unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  7. Online submission of resume/vitae
  8. Optional: online submission of GRE Advanced Mathematics Subject Test score
  9. Optional: online submission of Assistantship & Fellowship application (PDF document), if financial assistantship is desired

Applicants will be required to submit official transcripts once admitted; do not mail them until requested.

If you have further questions, the Stat admissions FAQ may be of help, or your questions may be answered below.

***A Personal Statement is optional but strongly recommended.  We welcome applicants from culturally diverse backgrounds.  Consistent with our goal of enhancing the intellectual excellence of the department and University of Washington community, we actively welcome students from diverse backgrounds and students who have worked with diverse groups.  We encourage all applicants to submit a personal statement (maximum 1 page) that details experiences related to your socioeconomically disadvantaged, disability-related, and/or culturally varied background, and/or experiences working with such groups.  The statement should address the ways your experiences have affected the development of your intellectual interests, career plans, future goals, and how you may have overcome various obstacles or aided others in surmounting such challenges.

While admission decisions are made mainly on the basis of academic performance, applications will be reviewed with consideration of the applicant's background and experiences.  We also use the information in such statements to report aggregate data to funding agencies and to apply for funding opportunities for eligible students.

The personal statement is not required, and you may include a simple sentence such as "I have not yet had these kinds of diverse experiences."  Such a statement does not negatively affect your chances for admission.

Deadline: All PhD application materials for the graduate school and the department must be received by December 3rd.