Graduate Program

Statistics Graduate Program

Statistical Collaboratory Statistics Class

Supplemental Application Materials and Admissions Questions Can Be Addressed To: 

Perla Fabelo (951) 827-4716; stat@ucr.edu
Statistics & Applied Statistics Graduate Programs
CNAS Graduate Student Affairs Center
1140 Batchelor Hall
Riverside, CA 92521-0219    (951) 827-4716

Meet our Graduate Advisors

Overview of Graduate Programs

The Statistics faculty and staff are fully dedicated to graduate student success. As our graduate student, you will be able to work closely with faculty and other graduate students on innovative statistical research projects and be a part of department's successful Statistics Consulting Collaboratory that serves the campus and business community. Our faculty has received National/International recognition for their professional contribution in research, teaching and service.

Masters in Statistics

The Master's Program has a professional orientation, emphasizing applications and applicable theory; it is intended to provide an "operational" knowledge of the subject.

To obtain the M.S. degree, students are required to complete 37 units in 1-2 years (about 3 courses per quarter).  International students need to be enrolled in 12 units per quarter to meet visa requirements.  Domestic students aren't required to have 12 units each quarter, but should enroll in no less than 8 units.  However, taking less than 12 units will delay completing the degree in two years.  In addition to the course requirements, students must pass the written comprehensive examinations to obtain the M.S. degree.  The comprehensive exams are offered twice per year in May and September and students have two attempts to pass.

Before entering the program, students must either have completed a B.S. degree in Statistics (or the equivalent), or have completed the following courses: STAT 160A, 160B, 160C, and 161 covering basic areas of probability and statistics.  These courses are not counted as credit towards the M.S. degree.

Changing degree objective from the M.S. to the Ph.D. is available for students that pass the comprehensive exams and are progressing well academically.  Requests are submitted to the graduate advisor for approval, however, funding support is not guaranteed.

Ph.D. in Applied Statistics

The Ph.D. program in Applied Statistics emphasizes both the theory of Statistics and its application to special fields of interest.  The first three years are dedicated in completing the course requirements.  Students are required to take 12 units (about 3 courses) per quarter until advancing to candidacy.  After completing the course requirements, research begins during the third year and goes through the fifth year.  Part of the course requirement is taking 12 units in a Substantive Field as a possible application area of the thesis research.  The Substantive Field may be chosen from areas such as Biology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology or Administration.  Specialties might include Population Genetics, Biological Control, Hydrology, Epidemiology, Geology, Discrimination of Learning, or scales and Measurements.

Students entering the program must have completed either a Bachelor's Degree or a Master's Degree in Statistics, Computer Science, Mathematics, or some other quantitative based discipline.  Students lacking sufficient preparation for some statistics graduate classes must complete some preparatory work in Statistics, Computer Science, or Mathematics depending on their background.

Before advancement to candidacy, students must demonstrate proficiency on two written qualifying examination (part I and part II) which is generally offered twice annually, in the fall and spring quarters.  Students may have two attempts to pass these exams.

View a list of requirements and specific courses to Advance to Candidacy for the Master's and Ph.D. degrees by clicking on: General Catalog

General Graduate Admissions 

The general GRE exam is required when applying to the Ph.D. and Master's programs.  Minimum requirements for graduate admissions are as follows:

3.20 GPA, based on last 2 yrs of Bachelor's Degree.

300 GRE (Verbal + Quantitative) score not older than 5 years. 

TOEFL (International Students) score of 550 Written / 213 Computer/80 Internet base not older than 2 years.

The following codes are used to submit the GRE and TOEFL scores to our campus:

GRE - #0705

TOEFL - #59

Financial Support

Qualified admitted Ph.D. students are provided with competitive financial packages that may include Fellowships, Teaching and/or Research Assistantships, and job opportunities at our Statistical Consulting Collaboratory.  Normally the financial support is for five years of graduate training. Eligibility for admission and financial support is determined on the basis of a number of factors including appropriate courses, grade point average; graduate record examination scores, etc. The financial packages are not available for Masters students.

Application deadlines:

Clink on: Prospective Students page to view graduate program application deadlines.

Contact for Additional Information:

Perla Fabelo, Student Affairs Officer

Dr. Xinping Cui, Graduate Advisor

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Department Information

Department of Statistics
1337 Olmsted Hall

Tel: (951) 827-3774
Fax: (951) 827-3286
E-mail: Paula Lemire - Administrative Assistant