Admissions Requirements

The minimum GRE and GPA admissions requirements for the MS and Ph.D. programs in Statistics are the same as for the Graduate School. However, the number of admissions is limited and admissions decisions are made on a competitive basis. All MS applicants must have successfully completed a three or four semester sequence in calculus and a course in linear algebra and have good communication skills. Highly competitive students usually have additional coursework in mathematics including a working knowledge of limits, continuity, sequences, and series. Prior course work in probability and/or statistics is desirable, but not required. For timely entrance into the Ph.D. program, applicants should have had an MA 471G or an introductory real analysis course and a MS or equivalent in Statistics. See degree requirements for the MS.

Students wishing to apply for teaching assistantships and/or fellowships must have three letters of recommendation either sent to: Admissions, Department of Statistics, University of Kentucky, 311 Multidisciplinary Science Building, 725 Rose Street, Lexington, KY 40536-0082, or emailed by the recommender directly, as pdf attachment, to the email address below, with the student's name in the subject line.

There is no special form for the letters of recommendation. All offers of assistantships are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal records check. Admissions may be contacted by email at

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