Frequently Asked Questions

International Students

  • Do I have to submit a TOEFL/IELTS score?
  • MS: Applicants who received an undergraduate degree, or prior graduate degree, from an English-speaking institution do not need to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score. If this does not apply to you, you will need to submit one. The university minimum score on the internet-based TOEFL is 80, or 7 for IELTS. 

    Please send your scores electronically directly from ETS using institutional code 4834, department code 0704 or 0705, and list the department as Statistics. We cannot accept scores via email.

    PhD: Doctoral applicants who have received an undergraduate degree for an English only institution do not need to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.  If this does not apply to you, you will need to submit one.  While the minimum score for TOEFEL is 80 and IELTS is 7, in order to be supported as a Teaching Assistant you will need to meet the requirements as described here.

  • I've already applied and submitted a TOEFL score, but I took the test again and got a better score. Can I submit my new score?
  • Yes, you may submit multiple scores for your application. The admissions committee will be able to see all scores submitted. We will not remove any submitted scores.
  • I sent my TOEFL score through ETS, but my application says it is still missing. What should I do?
  • TOEFL scores take time to be sent to our institution and matched to your application. Check to make sure you sent it to the correct institution code, your name and date of birth is correct, and wait a few days before checking your application. If after a few days, the score is still not showing up in your application, please contact the program coordinators for assistance at stat-grad-staff (at)

General Applicant & Admissions Questions

  • What are my chances of admission to the UC Davis graduate program in Statistics?
  • The admissions committee reviews all applications holistically. This means that all aspects of the application, including personal statements, GPA, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and GRE and TOEFL/IELTS scores, as applicable. We are not able to review application materials sent via email.
  • Do you offer Winter or Spring quarter admission?
  • No, we only offer Fall quarter admission to our graduate program.
  • Can I submit a CV/resume with my application?
  • No, we do not accept CVs or resumes as part of the application.
  • Can I submit materials after the deadline?
  • While we strongly encourage you to have all application materials complete by the deadline, you may submit materials after the deadline. However, we cannot guarantee that materials submitted late will be reviewed by the commitee.
  • I am missing one of the minimum requirements (example: Linear Algebra course, Calculus, etc.). Can I still be considered for admission?
  • We strongly encourage that all applicants have completed all minimum requirements before applying (courses currently in progress will be accepted as well). While in rare circumstances a requirement may be waived, you will be reviewed with many other applicants who do have all of the minimum requirements. You may take courses that you are missing either at a community college or university extension program, such as UC Davis Open Campus.
  • My bachelor's degree was not in mathematics or statistics. Can I still apply?
  • Yes. While a bachelor’s degree in Math or Statistics is common for applicants to our program, it is not required. As long as you meet the minimum course requirements as listed on our admissions page, you can still apply.
  • Do you accept part-time students? Do you have an online option?
  • No, our program accepts full-time students only. We do not offer online courses.
  • How long does the program take to complete?
  • MS program: This will depend on your level of preparedness for our courses. A well-prepared student (defined as one who is ready to jump into our core courses in their first quarter) can complete the program in 4 quarters. Students may need to take up to 6 quarters to complete the program depending on the courses selected. We strongly encourage all students to complete the MS program in under 2 years.

    PhD program: This will depend on your level of preparedness.  A well-prepared student (defined as one who is ready to begin with core courses in their first quarter) can typically complete the program in 4 to 5 years.  Students may need to take additional time to complete the program depending on courses selected and academic progress. 
  • My university does not use a 4.0 GPA scale? How do I report my GPA in my application?
  • Please report your GPA as your university would, and make sure to add what scale that your university uses.

GRE Questions

  • Do you require the General GRE and/or Subject tests?
  • We require the General GRE test with a minimum score of 295. The test must be taken within the last 5 years. We do not require any GRE Subjet tests.
  • When should I take the GRE?
  • Applicants should take the GRE at least one month before their desired deadline to allow adequate time for processing.

Tuition & Funding

  • How much does the MS program cost?
  • The Finance & Business office provides estimated annual fees on their website: Please keep in mind that these are annual fees, and our master’s program generally takes about 4 – 6 quarters.
  • How are PhD students funded?
  • PhD students are typically fully financially supported for the duration of their program by a combination of Teaching Assistantships, Graduate Student Researcher positions and Fellowship.  If you are admitted, specific financial support will be detailed in a financial support offer letter from the department.
  • I am applying for the master's program. Will I be able to get funding?
  • Unfortunately, we are not able to guarantee funding for master’s students. Funding usually comes in the form of a Teaching Assistant (TA) position, or occasionally a Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) position. Our TA positions are primarily reserved for PhD students. Occasionally, we will have more TA positions than we have PhD students to fill them, and the PhD Program Coordinator will send an announcement to the MS students to apply. However, these vary by quarter and are not guaranteed. Additionally, you may be able to find TA positions in other departments that you are qualified to TA for. These are posted on Handshake (link), or we sometimes receive announcements from other departments and forward them to our students as appropriate.

    GSR positions may be obtained by reaching out directly to faculty members that you are interested in working with. These positions are dependent on grant funding, which faculty members may or may not have.

    We encourage you to apply for internal and external fellowships that you are eligible for. You can find a list on the Grad Studies website here: and