Frequently Asked Questions
This is a listing of the most frequently asked questions regarding the Graduate Programs in Statistics at Texas A&M University. The answers to these questions and the additional resources links which follow are provided to assist the potential student so that they will have as much information as possible and to provide that information as quickly and efficiently as possible. If something is not covered here or you feel the answer given is not sufficient, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application deadlines are:Fall Semester - January 15
Spring Semester - August 1
Summer Session - November 1
In exceptional cases the Graduate Advisor of the Department of Statistics can petition to extend the application deadline. Typically such a petition would not be written unless the applicant is an exceptionally strong candidate, or has indicated a definite preference for study in our graduate program.
There is no separate application form for financial assistance. The application for admission to graduate study in the TAMU Department of Statistics serves also as the application for financial assistance.
Admission does not imply an offer of financial assistance. Admission to our graduate program means that: 1) you have satisfied university admission requirements; and, 2) the Graduate Advisor has judged you to be academically capable of attaining your degree objective. While most of our applicants are academically qualified, we unfortunately are able to offer financial assistance to 10% (or fewer) of applicants each year.
Applicants to our graduate program are offered teaching assistantships. Most new students serve as graders their first two semesters. In rare cases when a student has prior teaching experience, satisfies all TAMU requirements for classroom teaching and has expressed an interest in classroom teaching, new students will teach in the classroom.
Fellowship nominations will be made by the Graduate Advisor for outstanding applicants. Many fellowships are competitive and available only to Fall Semester applicants. Some fellowships for Fall Semester applicants have nomination deadlines in mid January. Therefore, to be nominated for such fellowships, an applicant must complete their application by the first week of January. Small amounts of supplemental fellowship money can be awarded directly by the Graduate Advisor. No additional information beyond the application materials is required for fellowship nominations.
Several research assistantships are available for Department of Statistics graduate students. However, such assistantships are typically awarded to students who have been in the Department of Statistics graduate program for at least two semesters of study. Decisions on the awarding of research assistantships are made by individual faculty members who hold the grants and/or contracts which provide the funds for the research assistantships.
A TOEFL score from within the last two years is required from applicants whose native language is not English, with the exception of those applicants completing all four years of a baccalaureate degree in the United States or achieving a 400 Verbal GRE. When a TOEFL score is required, a minimum score of 550 must be achieved to satisfy admissions requirements.
If you accept an offer of a teaching assistantship from the Department of Statistics Graduate Advisor, then you must take and pass a set of tests administer by the TAMU English Language Institute within one calendar year after you begin your graduate studies. Details and the motivation for this policy can be found in the Department of Statistics ELI Certification Policy. This policy is intended to help our students in both their graduate studies and their professional development.
No GRE Subject Test is required.
If there is any possibility that you might wish to pursue a Ph.D. degree in our graduate program, then please indicate that you are applying to our Ph.D. program on your application. Due to recent budget cuts, Texas A&M University is no longer able to provide full tuition waivers for supported MS students. Should you decide later to make the MS degree your terminal degree from our graduate program, the course work that you take in our Ph.D. program can be applied to your MS degree plan.
If an applicant is offered financial assistance by the Department of Statistics, but cannot pay the application fee because of financial hardship, the Department of Statistics will pay the application fee for the applicant. However, the Department of Statistics cannot pay the application fee for other admitted students, nor can the Department of Statistics arrange to pay for the cost of mailing GRE/TOEFL scores.
The Graduate Advisor will evaluate your credentials with the following information (listed in decreasing order of importance for making decisions):
- Official transcripts and records for all previous university course work.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- Photocopies of GRE and TOEFL (if applicable) scores.
- Completed application forms.
Note: These essentially are the requirements for all applicants who are listed in the front of both the application booklet and the on-line application form, except for no fee payment requirement and acceptance of photocopies of GRE/TOEFL scores.
Applicants will be mailed a postcard by Office of Admissions and Records personnel notifying them that their application has been received. This often takes more than a month during peak application times, especially for overseas applicants.
If you wish to receive earlier notification, please contact the Graduate Advisor by email (but no sooner than two weeksafter you mail your application materials!)
Note: Office of Admissions and Records personnel will notify applicants of deficiencies in the application, including failure to pay the application fee and/or provide official GRE/TOEFL scores. Also, for applicants currently enrolled as students at another university, final transcripts and records deficiencies will be noted. All of these notifications can be ignored until an applicant commits to joining our graduate program. At this time the Graduate Advisor will work closely with the applicant to complete all admissions requirements.
Your admission can remain valid for up to one calendar year from the date of your formal admission. If you decide to begin your graduate studies after the date for which you applied (but within one calendar year of your date of formal admission), you should send a letter or e-mail message requesting a new admission date. Notification should be sent to the Department of Statistics Graduate Advisor.
The Graduate Advisor has the authority to petition to waive temporarily selected admission requirements, if unusual circumstances warrant such a petition. However, a student admitted by petition will continuously be blocked from registration for classes either: 1) until the admissions requirements are fulfilled; or, 2) another petition from the Graduate Advisor to temporarily waive the requirement an additional semester is approved. Only in extremely unusual circumstances will the Graduate Advisor waive admission requirements beyond the first semester of graduate study.
Note: Under no circumstances can the Graduate Advisor waive English language admissions requirements beyond the first semester of graduate study. Students not fulfilling English language admissions requirements by the end of their first semester of graduate study are required to enroll in costly English Language Institute courses at TAMU.
An applicant can be admitted as soon as their application is complete and the Graduate Advisor judges them to be academically qualified. If an applicant wishes to wait until financial assistance decisions are made prior to submitting their application fee and/or sending official GRE/TOEFL scores (see the third Frequently Asked Question above), then the admission decision must be delayed because formal admission requires a completed application.
Financial assistance decisions for Fall Semester applicants will begin to be made in late January and continue until all available assistantships have been committed. Typically all assistantships will be committed by the end of April. Spring Semester and Summer Session financial assistance offers (if money for assistantships exists) are made less far in advance because they depend on graduation plans of students currently holding teaching assistantships.