Deadlines and Important Dates
- April 1 for summer semester admission
- July 1 for fall semester admission
- November 1 for spring semester admission
For admission to the Graduate School, an applicant must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates.
The math prerequisite for this program is a standard three-course calculus sequence (for example, MATH 140, MATH 141, and MATH 230) and knowledge of matrix and linear algebra.
You may transfer up to 10 graduate credits from another accredited program into the degree program, with approval.
Start Your Application
You can begin your online application at any time. Your progress within the online application system will be saved as you go, allowing you to return at any point as you gather additional information and required materials. When all materials have been received, we will notify you about your status and provide guidance about the next steps in becoming a Penn State student.
- Choose "WORLD CAMPUS" as the campus
Online Application Materials
Applications are submitted electronically and include a nonrefundable application fee. You will need to upload the following items as part of your application:
Education — A copy of an official transcript from each institution attended, regardless of the number of credits or semesters completed. Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation. Penn State alumni do not need to request transcripts for credits earned at Penn State, but must list Penn State as part of your academic history. Upon admission and your acceptance of admission, you will be asked to send an additional official transcript. You will receive instructions at that time.
GPA & Test Scores — A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 overall (on a 4.0 scale) is required.
GRE scores are required including verbal, quantitative, and analytical scores. Use the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test institution code 2660, and department code 0705, to submit your scores. A subject test in the GRE is not required.
English Proficiency: The language of instruction at Penn State is English. All international applicants must take and submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with some exceptions. Minimum test scores and exceptions are found in the English Proficiency section on the Graduate School's "Requirements for Graduate Admission" page.
References — You will need to initiate the process through the online application by entering names and email addresses of three references. Upon submission of your application, an email will be sent to each recommender requesting they complete a brief online recommendation regarding your commitment for success in an online program. Please inform all recommenders they must submit the form in order for your application to be complete.
Personal Statement — Describe your motivation for undertaking graduate studies in statistics.
Applying as a Nondegree Graduate Student
Apply as a "nondegree" graduate student to begin taking courses right away. You may take up to 15 credits in nondegree status before submitting your application portfolio. If you apply as a nondegree graduate student, you must re-apply to the master's degree to be considered for admission into the Master of Applied Statistics degree program.
- Select "Nondegree Admission"
- Choose "WORLD CAMPUS" as the campus
Review the technical requirements for this degree program.
For courses where submitted work or examples involve Minitab or SAS software, students are strongly recommended to have access to a computer running a Windows operating system (as opposed to Mac OS).