All graduate applicants should apply online at
The online application system will ask you for information that is needed both by our department and by the university.

The Department of Statistics typically offers admission only in Fall  and Spring terms. Please not that we do not offer assistantships for spring admission. If you wish to be considered for assistantships, you should apply for fall.

 Deadlines for Admission:

  • Financial Aid/Assistantship consideration for all students: January 15th
  • Spring:  November 1st
  • Fall:  July 1st


The minimum requirements for consideration for admission are the following:


  • At least a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution, with a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average GPA in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree; OR
  • A graduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution; AND

TEST SCORES - Scores will be considered by the department for up to 5 years after the exam is taken. If ETS will not send your scores but it has been within 5 years since you sat for an exam, please include your official test score copy in your online application.  FSU's school code is 5219

  • GRE Scores 

  • **NOTE:  The GRE IS REQUIRED for Ph.D. applicants, however, FSU is waiving the GRE for MS applicants for spring and fall 2024.

  • The minimum scores accepted are:
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Q) score: 155
    • Verbal Reasoning (V) score: 146


  • English-speaking Scores - if your first language is not English, you must submit an English-speaking test score.
  • If you do not wish to be considered for funding, you must have a minimum score of the following on one of the following tests:
  • Internet Based TOEFL (IBTOEFL): 80
  • Paper based TOEFL (TOEFL): 550
  • Michigan Language Assessment: 55 (Fall 2022 and Forward)
  • International English Language Testing System (Academic IELTS): 6.5
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced Level: 180 (Fall 2022 and Forward)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): 55
  • Duolingo: 120 (Summer 2022 and Forward)
  • To be considered for departmental graduate teaching assistantships, you must have at least the following:
    • TOEFL Overall: 90
    • Speaking score: 23
  • If you are an international student and wish to be considered for an assistantship, you cannot waive your TOEFL requirement, and must submit a TOEFL score.

  • TOEFL WAIVER: If you have a degree (BS, MS, or higher) from a US school or a country where English is the native language, the University's TOEFL score requirement can be waived. However, all international students who are receiving an assistantship that scored 25 or below on the TOEFL speaking section will be required to take a SPEAK test given by FSU  before classes begin. If you are an international student and wish to be considered for an assistantship, you cannot waive your TOEFL requirement, and must submit a TOEFL score.

PRIOR COURSEWORK:  Generally we expect applicants to have completed Calculus 1-3, Linear Algebra, one course in Applied Statistics, and one course in Probability.

  • Two semesters of advanced calculus (intermediate analysis, real analysis with proofs) is needed for timely entrance into the Ph.D. program


Required Documentation - you will be asked for in the online application

  • Application for Admission and Graduate Assistantships
    • This form will be provided within the online application and is required even if you do not need financial aid and are receiving funding from another source.
  • Letters of Recommendation - 3 Required
    • Preferably academic and/or professional letters
  • Resume and/or Curriculum Vitae
    • Include all relevant academic and work
  • Statement of Purpose
    • A 1-3 page statement describing your background, accomplishments, and goals
  • Unofficial Transcript(s) from all previous institutions. *Please note: unofficial transcripts are sufficient for application for review for domestic applicants only, official transcripts are required for those students if admitted.
  • Span Tran evaluations are required for all international applicants.
  • Please mail official transcripts to the address below:
    Florida State University
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    222 South Copeland St
    Westcott Building Room 314
    Tallahassee FL 32306-1410
  • Test Scores
    • Scores if necessary, must be received by FSU’s Office of Admissions in order to consider your application. If your scores are too old to be sent, but were still taken within the last five years, please include your official copy of your test scores with your online application. FSU’s school code is 5219.

Financial Aid Information - an applicant's eligibility for a departmental teaching or research assistantship will be considered during the evaluation for admission.  Financial aid offers are usually only provided for Fall term applicants.

  • Initial financial aid decisions: April 1st
  • Deadline for those receiving offers: April 15th

More information on financial aid availability including university fellowships and external sources of aid can be found at

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