How to Apply

Requirements to be fully admitted:

  1. Three semesters of calculus up through multivariable calculus with grades of B or higher
  2. One semester of matrix (linear) algebra with a grade of B or higher
  3. One semester of a statistics course with a grade of B or higher
  4. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  5. Three letters of recommendation
  6. Statement of purpose explaining why you want to obtain a MS and/or PhD in statistics
  7. GRE General Test score 
  8. Additional requirements for international applicants: Obtain a minimum score of 550 on paper-based TOEFL, 79 on Internet-based TOEFL, or 6.5 on IELTS. Send your official TOEFL scores to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln by going to the TOEFL website and following the instructions for score reporting. The institution code for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is 6877.

The application deadline is now June 1st (COVID-19 extension) for fall admission. Additional information regarding assistantships is available here.

Seen, read and heard enough? Ready to apply? Begin your journey.


  • Wondering whether you need to take the English Language Test? Check your Certificate of Admission or contact Graduate Studies at 402-472-2875 or
  • Questions about the English Language Test? Contact Programs in English as a Second Language.
  • If you have questions about our graduate program or the admission process, please contact Deb Lawrence at