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Admissions Information

This page contains links to a variety of information concerning the admissions process to the Dr. Bing Zhang Department of Statistics at the University of Kentucky, including how to apply and a frequently asked questions (FAQ) section. More information on the graduate program itself and requirements for admission may be found in our program descriptions. If you have any questions not addressed by those sources, please email

The Appled Statistics program is authorized to provide online/distance education for students in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands.  For out-of-state students seeking teacher certification/endorsement through this program, please visit UK Online or contact the program to confirm the Applied Statistics program meets the authorization and educational requirements for teaching certification or endorsement in the student's state of residence.  Students are encouraged to contact their state licensure boards for additional individual licensure requirements (e.g. exams, background checks).  Any change of residence during the course of the program may impact authorization and licensure eligibility.  

Applying to the Graduate Program in Statistics

Applications are submitted and processed electronically through the Graduate School Apply Yourself portal. Applicants to the Master of Applied Statistics must choose Admission Cateory - Masters Degree and in application must choose Program - Applied Statistics -MAS. Although the department has rolling admissions, applicants are urged to have all materials in by February 1.

How to Apply for Admission

All applications for graduate study at the University of Kentucky Graduate School must be submitted on-line. We are now part of the Hobsons ApplyYourself Application Network, a system used by over 700 colleges and universities that provides an opportunity to submit all Graduate School and program requirements in one application, including letters of recommendation. Each application requires completion of a separate application form and submission of a separate application fee. Currently the fee for domestic applicants is $65.00 per application and for international applicants the fee is $75.00. Please note that the application cannot be submitted without payment of this fee.

Step one in the process is to set up a new account and establish a user name and password. Do not lose this information; you will need it if you wish to return to continue an unfinished application or review a completed application.

In order to complete the application you will need to gather several pieces of information including the following:


You will be asked to upload copies of transcripts from all higher education institutions attended and, in the case of domestic students, to self-report cumulative GPA’s for each institution. For degree-seeking students, the Graduate School requires an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 and 3.00 on all graduate work. If you are offered admission and decide to enroll you will then be required to submit official transcripts to the Graduate School.

Test Scores

For formal admission to the graduate program in Statistics, an official GRE test score is required. You will be asked to self-report these scores on the application (you can also supply a future date for taking the test). Your application, with self-reported scores, will be processed by the admissions committee.  However, we also require official scores from the reporting agency before your matriculation.

  • If you are admitted to the graduate program in Statistics, GRE scores should be sent directly to us from Educational Testing Service (ETS); the Institution Code for the GRE for UK Graduate School is R1837.

These scores will be incorporated into your application and compared against self-reported scores to ensure consistency. The Graduate School sets no minimum score for the GRE; admission to the Statistics program is competitive and the quantitative GRE is heavily weighted. 

TOEFL and IELTS Scores

All applicants whose native language is not English will be asked to self-report one of these scores on the application. As for GRE scores, we also require official language scores to be sent to us directly from the reporting agency if you are admitted to the graduate program in Statistics.

  • If you are admitted to the graduate program in Statistics, TOEFL scores should be sent directly to us from Educational Testing Service (ETS); the Institution Code for the TOEFL for UK Graduate School is R1837.
  • If you are admitted to the graduate program in Statistics, IELTS scores should be sent directly to us from the International English Language Testing Service specifying the University of Kentucky Graduate School, Lexington, Kentucky as the recipient institution.

For the Graduate School, the minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 550 (paper-based) 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based). The minimum IELTS score is 6.5. 

Letters of Recommendation

The graduate program in Statistics also requires letters of recommendation. As part of the application you will be asked to supply contact information for three recommenders.  Once your application has been submitted, the system will contact each person identified and their recommendations will be submitted directly to us. You can check back into your application at any time to see who has submitted a recommendation. You can also review recommender requirements via the following link:

Application Deadlines

For domestic applicants and applicants to the Master of Applied Statistics, the Graduate School requires applications to be submitted no later than one month prior to the start of the term for which the applicant intends to begin graduate work. International students must apply and have official scores sent by July 1st for entering during the Fall semester. 

New students are admitted to the graduate program in Statistics only for the Fall Semester.  Conditional admission to complete pre-requisites is available in all semesters.

Financial Support

Financial support is not available for the online program.