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Our M.S. program is intended to qualify you to assume a professional role in educational, industrial, or government research projects; to teach in a college; or to undertake advanced training toward a doctorate in statistics or one of the quantitative fields of science.

The Department of Statistics is now accepting applications for students who wish to start its M.S. program in the Fall 2018 semester.  Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2018.  For full consideration, including consideration for a graduate assistantship, your application must be complete by that date.

Because many students receive baccalaureate degrees from colleges that do not offer undergraduate programs in statistics, and because historically statistics has been a field of graduate education, you do not need a degree in statistics to apply for the M.S. program.  You do need a background that has prepared you with knowledge of:

  • Single and multivariable calculus (Math 155, 156, 251, or equivalent)
  • Linear or matrix algebra (Math 441 or equivalent)
  • Probability and statistics (Stat 215 or equivalent)
  • A high-level statistical programming language such as SAS or SPSS or a low-level scientific programming language such as C or Fortran

You also must have an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4-point scale).

To apply:

  • Submit transcripts of your previous undergraduate and graduate work.  Official transcripts must be sent from each institution directly to the Office of Admissions, West Virginia University, PO Box 6510, Morgantown, WV, Email: GraduateAdmissions@mail.wvu.edu.   
  • Provide the names and contact information for three people who will write you a letter of recommendation. This information is included as part of the online application form.
  • Upload a personal statement (not to exceed 500 words) that summarizes your academic background in mathematics and statistics and your reasons for applying for graduate study in statistics.

Your application is complete when we have received your online form, transcripts, personal statement, and the three letters of recommendation. For full consideration, including consideration for a graduate assistantship, your application must be complete by February 1, 2018.