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Program Description

The GIDP in Statistics offers interdisciplinary courses of study leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Statistics (regular track or statistical informatics track), along with a 12-unit Graduate Certificate. A Ph.D. minor in Statistics is also available for students already registered into a Ph.D. program other than Statistics here at the UA. Our mission is to develop the next generation of data scientists, trained to meet the challenges of modern interdisciplinary data extraction, analysis, and interpretation.

The GIDP supports and encourages the central role of statistical and quantitative thinking in the biological, physical, engineering, financial, and social sciences. Necessary training is provided for students to develop core expertise in statistical theory and methodology, and also for students who will apply their statistical knowledge in practical, transdisciplinary research; targeted subject-matter specialties include, but are not limited to biometry, bioinformatics, biostatistics, econometrics & financial statistics, educational statistics, operations research & applied probability, psychometrics, spatial/spatio-temporal analysis, statistical genetics/genomics, stochastic modeling, and quantitative risk assessment.

If you have questions on the admissions process, please contact Melanie Bowman, Program Coordinator, at

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Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs -

The Graduate College sponsors several Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDPs) in addition to the many interdisciplinary possibilities available through regular graduate degree programs. GIDPs transcend departmental boundaries by facilitating cutting edge teaching and research at the nexus of traditional disciplines. The high value placed on interdisciplinary research and education is indicative of The University of Arizona's enthusiasm and commitment to fostering innovation and creativity among its faculty and students.


Graduate College/GIDP  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Melanie Bowman
Graduate Program Coordinator
Melanie Bowman
Director of Graduate Studies
Joseph C Watkins
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Cindy T Nguyen
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

For admission to the M.S. Program in Statistics, applicants must have or be in the process of completing a Baccalaureate Degree, either in a mathematical field or a field that makes significant use of quantitative methods, with at least a 3.0 overall grade point average (GPA). A previous degree in Statistics or Biostatistics is useful, but not required.

All students entering the Program are required to have a substantive background in mathematics, including at least three semesters of Calculus through multivariable/vector calculus (at the level of MATH 125, MATH 129, MATH 223), one semester of Linear Algebra (at the level of MATH 215), and experience with computer technologies.

For M.S. and Ph.D. applicants, at least one introductory course in statistical methods (at the level of MATH 263) is required. In addition, at least one semester of upper-division Probability (e.g., MATH 464) and (for Ph.D. students) two semesters of upper-division Real Analysis (e.g., MATH 425A-425B) are strongly recommended. M.S. and Ph.D. applicants must also show scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE - general test only) that exceed 75th percentile Quantitative and 50th percentile Verbal. (GRE scores must be dated no older than five years from the time of application to the program.)

Applicants from non-English-speaking countries must exhibit proficiency in English as per the Graduate College's basic requirements for this proficiency: a minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of 550 paper based (PB) or 79 internet-based (iBT).
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination can be submitted in lieu of the TOEFL. The minimum IELTS score requirement for admissions consideration is a score of 7, with a score of no less than 6 on any individual module.
Note, however, that the GIDP imposes additional English proficiency requirements on applicants in order to be eligible for financial aid through the Program. See the section below on Financial Assistance for further details.

The Graduate College's basic admissions requirements stipulate that scores on the TOEFL or the IELTS must be dated within 24 months of the term of intended enrollment. Scores older than this are considered out-of-date and cannot be used to support a student's application.

Along with these materials, a Statement of Purpose describing the applicant's interests and goals for graduate study in interdisciplinary statistics, a list of college-level statistics and mathematics courses completed (including final grades) or in progress, and a minimum of two letters of recommendation from university faculty members familiar with an applicant's academic and scholarly abilities are also required. (Applicants who wish to submit additional letters may do so; however, letters from non-academic sources are treated with lesser weight by the Recruiting & Admissions Committee.) An attendant curriculum vitae is optional, but recommended. Complete application procedures are given in the Applications section of this website.

Standardized Tests

Required test(s):
GRE General test
TOEFL test required for international applicants only

Minimum GRE Verbal: must exceed 50th percentile
Minimum GRE Quantitative: must exceed 75th percentile
Minumum GRE Written:

Minimum TOEFL: a minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of 550 paper based (PB) or 79 internet-based (iBT).

Financial Aid

Financial assistance is available for qualified applicants, in the form of Graduate Research or Teaching Assistantships. In order to receive financial aid, the GIDP requires that:* each student must exhibit full-time graduate status, which requires registration for a minimum of 9 units each semester; and* each student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher while enrolled in the Statistics graduate program. (Please note PhD students recieve funding priority)

To be eligible for financial assistance, applicants from non-English-speaking countries must also demonstrate sufficient English proficiency in order to communicate effectively when instructing or describing modern statistical concepts to fellow scholars and scientists. The GIDP's eligibility requirements are:
* a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT total score at or above 106 and a TOEFL iBT Speaking score at or above 26, or
* an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 8, with a score of no less than 7 on any individual module.

Students from non-English-speaking countries who have not achieved either this TOEFL iBT or this IELTS English proficiency requirement prior to matriculating into the Statistics GIDP may instead meet the University's requirements for Spoken English Proficiency as stipulated by the Graduate College. These requirements are: a minimum score of 26 on the Speaking section of the TOEFL (iBT), or a minimum score of 7 on the University’s T-BEST exam, or a minimum score of 50 on the University’s TSE/TAU/SPEAK exam, or be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident. Previous attendance at an English-speaking institution does not satisfy this requirement.

These policies are independent of any specific form of financial assistance (Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant, Fellowship, etc.) the student receives. No waivers or exceptions are permitted. Additional information on financial support in the GIDP is available in the pertinent section of the Statistics Graduate Student Handbook.

The GIDP in Statistics is a small program, and as such only limited assistance is available. Graduate student support is not guaranteed for any student in the program, and as such competition for this assistance is very high. Consideration is generally given first to students in the Ph.D. program, although financial support for M.S. students is possible when resources permit.

Students are encouraged to seek out funding from a variety of sources; the Graduate College has online resources which can facilitate this effort. Students are also strongly encouraged to apply for Research Assistantship support through faculty and fellowship awards from local and national agencies.

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic and International Applicants:

  • Fall: January 21
  • Spring: September 21 - program permission required
International Conditional Admission
International applicants may be considered for conditional admission to this program at the department's discretion.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 30 units of coursework (graded C or better) past the Bachelor’s Degree is required, made up as follows:

1.  Core M.S. Courses; 15 units as follows:

            STAT 564/MATH 564 – Theory of Probability

            STAT 566/MATH 566 – Theory of Statistics

            STAT 571A/MATH 571A – Advanced Statistical Regression Analysis

            STAT 571B/MATH 571B – Design of Experiments

            STAT 688/ABE 688/CPH 688 – Statistical Consulting

A maximum of 3 units of Statistical Consulting (STAT 688/ABE 688/CPH 688) may be applied towards the Core M.S. course requirements.

2.  Additional Elective Courses; minimum 12 units: (Please refer to the handbook for list of elective courses)

3.  A MS Thesis or in lieu of a Thesis, MS Pass of qualifying exam plus either 3 units of advanced statistical coursework (please see handbook for list of advanced statistcal coursework) or if doing a thesis 3 units of STAT 910 (thesis research course)

Minor Requirements

A minor is not required for the MS program.

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Last revised 25 Aug 2017