FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What financial/heathcare support is available?

See the Financial Support page for details. Note that for graduate students with assistantship, the university pays the cost of health insurance.

I would like to eventually get a Ph.D., but currently do NOT have a Master's degree in statistics. Should I apply to the Master's program or the Ph.D. program?

Unless you already hold a Master's degree in statistics, you should apply to the Master's program. All students intending to get a Ph.D. must first master the material in the M.S. program. Therefore, we prefer to admit students to the MS program and then move them to the PhD after the first year.  

Are there "minimum requirements for admission"? Do any GRE scores or GPAs assure admissions?

Admissions are competitive. Thus, no score or grade point average assures admission into the program, and we look carefully at the undergraduate course work of each applicant. The Graduate School requires a minimum GPA of 2.75 for undergraduate work and 3.0 for graduate work for admission, although students admitted to the program typically have much higher GPAs.

Regarding GRE Quantitative: Median scores of admitted students are typically around 94%, and a GRE Quantitative below 88% results in low chances for admission, and even lower chances for receiving an assistantship.

For those students who do not speak English as their primary language, the Graduate School also requires a minimum score of 79 on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), and a 6.5 on the IELTS is minimally acceptable. Please note again that students admitted into the program generally have much higher scores: Typically the median TOEFL is above 90.

I filled out the online admission form with the graduate school. Do I need to separately send information (aside from letters of recommendation) to the Director of Admissions?

No.

Can letters of recommendation also be sent via email, and is there a particular form?

Yes, we strongly encourage that letter writers submit their recommendation letters via Apply Yourself but the letters can be emailed to stat-admit@ms.uky.edu, as a pdf attachment. There is no particular form, but please write the applicant's name into the subject line of the email, and please use an official email address.

What is the institutional code for GRE and TOEFL scores?

The Institution Code for the UK Graduate School: R1837.

I need to provide a contact person for the DHL/FedEx/UPS (or other) mail delivery service.

Please enter Tina Howard, phone +1.859.257.6115.

Should I provide a financial statement with my application?

No, this will only be required once the departmental admissions committee has decided to admit you.

How important is the Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement (SOP)?

It is optional, but we are very interested in your research interest and ultimate degree goals. 

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