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Department of Statistics


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Apply for Undergraduate Admission

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions manages online applications to the university and provides the most comprehensive information on the application process. The admissions office also provides the latest information on application deadlines and university scholarships for S.C. residents and nonresidents. So whether you are applying as a freshman, are looking to transfer to South Carolina or are planning to come to Columbia from another UofSC campus, you can check the requirements based on your current status and apply now.


Apply to Graduate School

The Graduate School coordinates online applications to our master's and doctoral programs. There may be supporting materials that are required along with your online application for graduate admission, so be sure to review the degree requirements before you apply.

Test Scores

GRE is highly recommended, and successful applicants typically have at least

  • 150 on the verbal section
  • 160 on the quantitative section
  • 3.0 on the analytical writing portion

For applicants from from countries where English is not an official language:

  • TOEFL iBT  ≥  80, Duolingo  ≥  115, IELTS  ≥  6.5, or PTE  ≥  53 (This requirement is waived if you have a degree from an accredited university in the US).

Note: if you choose not to provide your test scores, we still review your application even it is marked as incomplete in the system.


In the past, the Department of Statistics received about 60 graduate applications each year; 80% were international students and 20% domestic. One-third of applicants were seeking admission to the M.S. program and two-thirds to the Ph.D. About 15-20 were accepted into the program, and of these about 6-8 began with a teaching assistantship.

Additional Materials

You'll be required to submit your transcripts, a resume/vita and a personal statement with your application. You should send these directly to the Graduate School in the application system. It is fine to use unofficial transcripts in your application. Once you are admitted, you will need to submit official transcripts to the Graduate School. 


You'll automatically be considered for a teaching assistantship when you apply for one of our graduate programs. You do not need to find a research advisor for being eligible. However, we're only able to offer between 5 and 10 new teaching assistantships each fall. 

Application Fee

It is waived for the 2024-2025 Admission Cycle (see the announcement).

Application Deadline

January 15, 2024

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