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Admissions and Application Processing Questions can be Addressed to: 
Margarita Roman (951) 827-4716; mroman@ucr.edu
Statistics (M.S.) & Applied Statistics (Ph.D.) Graduate Programs
CNAS Graduate Student Affairs Center
1140 Batchelor Hall
Riverside, CA 92521-0219   
(951) 827-4716

Admissions Requirements

Students applying to the Ph.D. program should have a strong background in Statistics and sufficient training in Mathematics. Students interested in the M.S. degree, with little to no background in Statistics will need to fulfill deficiencies by taking the following prerequisite and achieve excellent grades on:  STAT160A, 160B, 160C, STAT161, STAT170A, STAT170B and STAT 171.

.  Minimum test score requirements for the M.S. and Ph.D. admissions are as follows:

  • 3.00 GPA (M.S.) and 3.25 (Ph.D.) based on last 2 yrs of Bachelor's Degree.
  • 300 GRE (Verbal + Quantitative) score. 
  • TOEFL (International Students) score of 550 Written / 213 Computer/80 Internet base.             

These are minimum requirements, but higher scores along with a strong academic background, excellent letters of recommendation and experience make an applicant competitive for admissions and fellowships.

Application Deadlines

Fall Quarter Admission and Fellowship Consideration for Ph.D. Applicants (Domestic and International): 
Applications are accepted for fall quarter .  Apply by the deadlines to receive priority consideration for funding and admissions.

Ph.D. Applicants :

  • Priority Application Deadline: December 1st
  • Last chance to apply: By January 5th

M.S. Applicants - Apply by June 1st.

Apply Online:
Graduate Division Application

Fellowship Eligibility

Qualified admitted Ph.D. students are offered a 5-year financial package that may include Stipend, Teaching / Research Assistantships, and job opportunities at our Statistical Consulting Collaboratory. 

Eligibility for admission and fellowship are determined on the basis of a number of factors including appropriate courses, grade point average, graduate record examination scores, the quality of institution, letters of recommendation, and demonstrated ability to conduct independent research are all strongly taken into consideration.

Students exceeding the minimum requirements are considered for fellowship consideration.  Fellowships are available only to Ph.D. eligible admitted students.

Due to a limited number of fellowships, students are encourage to apply early to meet the January 5th deadline.

Official Transcripts

One set of official transcripts are required and once admitted, students will be asked to send a final transcript with the degree(s) posted. International students are required to submit two transcripts, one in the original language and the other in English. Copies of international degree certificates are also required if the student has graduated.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Each applicant is required to submit an official GRE score directly from ETS (scores cannot be older than 5 years).  GRE Subject test is not required.  Applicants applying for fellowship awards are expected to have a higher score than the minimum 1100 (300) required score (verbal + quantitative combined).  UCR Institution code is: R4839 and Statistics Department code is 0705.

TOEFL Test (For students whose first language is not English)

This exam must be taken within two years of the time you intend to enroll at UCR. The minimum acceptable scores are: 550 for the written exam; 213 for the computer-based exam, and 80 for the internet-based exam (iBT).  Submit scores with your application to avoid delays with your admissions.  If you earned an advanced degree from an institution where English is the exclusive language of instruction, the TOEFL test will be waived. 

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required and at least two of these letters should be requested from professors in your major subject.

Fees & Tuition for 2015-16

Resident = $16,665.50 per academic year
Non-resident = $15,102.00 Tuition + $16,665.50 Fees per academic year


There is a wide variety of housing accommodations in the campus neighborhood, and many attractive apartment buildings are within walking distance.  Canyon Crest Family Student Housing has affordable 2-3 bedroom cottages. The Housing Office may be reached at (951) 827-6350 or by e-mail

UCR Campus

Graduate Student Population:
The campus graduate enrollment for 2015 is 2,931 with Graduate Statistics enrollment of 16 Masters and 28 Ph.D. students that come from many parts of the United States and abroad.

UC Riverside occupies spacious 1,200-acres at the foot of the Box Springs Mountains.  The campus was established in 1907 with the founding of the Citrus Experimental Station to conduct research in the agriculture of Southern California.  In 1954, the College of Letters and Science was established, and in 1959 UC Riverside became a general campus.  Traditionally, the sciences have been strongly emphasized on this campus.

The city of Riverside is located 50 miles east of Los Angeles and 100 miles north from San Diego with an estimated population of 303,871 people as of 2010.  The area features orange groves, a superb winter climate, and abundant recreational facilities. The San Bernardino and San Jacinto mountains offer hiking and skiing.  60 miles east of Riverside is the city of Palm Springs and the High Desert.

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Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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