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Master of Arts in Statistics

The Master of Arts in Statistics prepares students to perform in an information-rich, data-driven workforce that requires both general and specialized skills in statistical analysis. The 36-unit program, designed primarily for part-time study, covers essential elements of statistical studies with courses in probability, statistical computation and model building, experimental design, survival analysis, Bayesian statistics, and stochastic processes. Additionally, these courses, along with a required practicum, provide a foundation for further doctoral-level study in mathematics and statistics, or in other academic disciplines such as anthropology, biology, economics, political science, and psychology.

In addition to providing a solid theoretical foundation, the program also offers applied value, providing tools, strategies, and technical skills in areas such as predictive analytics and big data to help professionals in many fields analyze large volumes of data, make reliable and productive business decisions, and use technology efficiently. The program offers flexibility and a wide range of elective and applied courses that emphasize statistical analysis in mathematics, computer science, engineering, clinical investigation, biostatistics, economics, and business. Students may choose from a broad-based pool of elective courses across disciplines, or they may organize elective course work and design the required practicum in one of the optional tracks that correspond to strong industry demand for statisticians: Biology and Health, Business and Finance, and Engineering and Materials.

Admission Requirements

Transferring Credit

A maximum of six units of related, comparable graduate-level course work may be transferred from another university or from a related graduate program at Washington University with the approval of the program director. These must be graduate-level units not used to fulfill undergraduate degree requirements. Transfer credit may be granted only for authorized courses for which the student received a grade of B or higher. 

A Minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.0

Applicants should have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0.

Calculus & Statistics Requirement

Degree candidates should have completed the calculus sequence (differential, integral and multivariable calculus), an intermediate statistics course such as Probability & Statistics I (U20 305), and either Matrix Algebra (U20 3091) or Foundations for Higher Math (U20 3101) prior to beginning graduate study.

Application Requirements

Application Deadlines



*This program is designed to start in the fall when foundational courses are offered. Students with advanced knowledge in the field may be able to enter in the spring. Please speak with an advisor before applying for a spring start. International students should apply for a fall start.

Completed application form

The online application is available online on our Apply page. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed and the required documents have been received.

Official transcripts from all previous college work

Transcript from the institution where you received your bachelor's degree or a higher-level degree was conferred. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to University College. Electronic transcripts should be forwarded to ucollege@wustl.edu. For transcript questions, please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Patricia Agnew, at paagnew@wustl.edu.

Non-United States course work transcript verification
If the transcript you submit for consideration is from a college or university outside the United States, a course by course transcript evaluation is also required. Evaluations will be accepted from World Education Services (WES), Spantran or another member institution of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). For Spantran evaluations, you must use this form


Personal Essay

Tell us about yourself in a brief essay (about 250 words). Why are you applying to University College? What are your goals, both academic and professional? Is there additional information we should know about you when considering your application?

TOEFL/IELTS scores (if applicable)

All international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo scores at the time of application. The TOEFL, IELTS and Duolingo requirement may be waived for applicants who, immediately prior to their application for admission, have done both of the following:

  • Lived for three years or longer in the United States or another country where English is the primary language of daily life (e.g. Canada or United Kingdom).
  • Completed three or more years of study at a college or university which is located in that country and where the language of instruction is English.

This policy applies to all international students, even those who have earned a degree from a United States college or university.

If an applicant moves away from an English-speaking country after living and studying there for three years or more, TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo scores are then required for admission. 

Changes to the English Language Proficiency Requirements (2022–23)

Starting January 1, 2022, University College will cease using the temporary testing options that the University added in 2020. The TOEFL ITP Plus and the TOEFL iBT Home, will no longer be accepted. The traditional TOEFL and IELTS exams will continue to be accepted. Also, the Duolingo exam will be accepted as an official option.

For international student application deadlines and fees, please click HERE.

Additional TOEFL and IELTS information for international students adversely affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on University College’s International Student Information webpage.

Three Letters of Recommendation

A college instructor or professional associate should complete letters of recommendation. If an instructor cannot be contacted, applicants may submit a waiver request to provide three professional recommendations. Letters can be submitted through the online application or mailed by the recommender.

Enrolling in University College

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Our advisors go the extra mile to help you navigate your path and needs. We will provide you with the tools to make each moment spent on your education as valuable as possible. Students will receive:

  • individual appointments with an experienced advisor;
  • career planning services to prepare you for opportunities after graduation;
  • a partner throughout your journey to ensure success.



Student advising is available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.


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  • Probability (U20 593)/Mathematical Statistics (U20 594) or Theory of Statistics I (U20 5061)/Theory of Statistics II (U20 5062). Must take one of the two course sequences.
  • Linear Algebra (U20 529) or Advanced Linear Statistical Models (U20 5392)
  • Linear Statistical Models (U20 539)
  • Statistical Computation (U20 575)

In the case that an equivalent course has been taken and proficiency in the course material has been demonstrated, other 500-level electives may be substituted in consultation with the advisor.



  • Thesis Practicum (U20 502)



Additional 500-level electives, selected from the list below, will be chosen by the student in consultation with University College, to make up the 36 units. Other 500-level electives may be selected in consultation with an advisor. Students may choose elective courses broadly, or follow one of the suggested tracks below.

  • Experimental Design (U20 520)
  • Survival Analysis (U20 534)
  • Numerical Applied Mathematics (U20 549)
  • Bayesian Statistics (U20 559)
  • Stochastic Processes (U20 585)
  • Advanced Probability I (U20 551)
  • Advanced Probability II (U20 552)
  • Multilevel Models in Quantitative Research (U20 584)
  • Measurement and Latent Trait Models (U20 538)
  • Advanced Theoretical Econometrics (U20 5145)
  • Applied Econometrics (U20 5161)

Biology and Health Optional Track

  • Experimental Design (U20 520)
  • Biostatistics (U20 522)
  • Survival Analysis (U20 534)
  • Other courses with authorization.

Business and Finance Optional Track

  • Numerical Applied Mathematics (U20 549)
  • Multilevel Modeling (U20 525)
  • Bayesian Statistics (U20 559)
  • Other courses with authorization.

Engineering and Materials Optional Track

  • Numerical Applied Mathematics (U20 549)
  • Bayesian Statistics (U20 559)
  • Stochastic Processes (U20 595)
  • Other courses with authorization.
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