Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Supplemental content for MS in Statistics

Admission Information

Applications from students with undergraduate degrees in business, computer science, education, mathematics, statistics, engineering, or one of the behavioral or social sciences are encouraged. The applicant is required to have completed the following USM courses: MAT 153 Calculus B, MAT 281 Introduction to Probability, and MAT 282 Statistical Inference, or their equivalents. Conditional admission status may be granted to students who do not fully meet these requirements, but who have a good working knowledge of statistical methods. Upon successful completion of preparatory coursework, the student will be granted regular admission status.

Currently enrolled students at USM may apply for admission any time after attaining junior standing by applying directly to the Office of Admissions. Additional requirements include copies of all transcripts, current vitae, a personal statement, a GPA of 2.75 or better, and two letters of recommendation.

A student already holding a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution may apply through the Office of Admissions. Additional requirements include copies of all transcripts, current vitae, a personal statement, a GPA of 3.0 or better, GRE scores, and three letters of recommendation.

Application Procedures and Required Materials

Application Deadlines

August 1 for Fall semester, December 15 for Spring semester

International Student deadlines: July 1 for Fall Semester, November 15 for Spring semester

All materials need to be submitted by the deadline. Applications are read on a rolling basis.

 However, the deadlines for candidates seeking financial support are March 15 for the fall semester and October 15 for the spring semester. Students applying to the graduate program by January 15 are eligible to apply for a tuition waiver for the next academic year.

Applicants are required to provide the following materials: 

  • Application: Online Application
  • Application fee: Waived for all applicants.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine System (UMS transcripts are accessible to USM). A transcript is official when sent directly from the institution.
  • Resume: Submit a resume or CV that outlines professional, volunteer, and community experience.
  • Essay: Applicants must submit a personal statement of purpose describing why they want a degree in Statistics and why they are interested in this program.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation. Recommendations should be from individuals who are qualified, through direct experience with your academic or professional work, to comment on your ability to undertake graduate study and your chosen profession.  
  • Standardized test scores: Graduate Record Exams (GRE) required.
  • Students whose first language is not English may be required to take one of the following: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Pearson Test of English (PTE) or Duolingo.  Applicants must submit official scores as part of the application process. See additional information below regarding test scores and requirements.

Where to send transcripts and application materials 

Official transcripts and other supporting documents can be sent to:

Application Processing Center

University of Maine System

P.O. Box 412

Bangor, ME 04402-0412

Colleges and universities that participate in the electronic submission of transcripts can send official transcripts to Resumes, essays, and other documents can also be sent to

For a transcript or recommendation to be considered official, it must be sent by the institution or the person writing the recommendation.


International Applicants

In addition to the standard application materials, international students must also provide the following materials:

Applicants whose first language is not English

Students whose first language is not English may be required to provide test scores or credentials for English language proficiency.

USM accepts the following test scores and qualifications for admission into graduate programs:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOFEL): scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): scores of 6.5 or higher
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): scores of 60 or higher
  • Duolingo Test of English:  scores of 105 or higher. Duolingo scores are being accepted on a trial for the 2022-23 academic year.
  • Bachelor's degree taught with English instruction

Questions regarding your experience and the requirements can be addressed with the Office of Admissions (


Learn More

For more information about courses and credit hours, view our Program Requirements.