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Financing the PhD Degree

Rutgers University makes available a limited number of funding packages for exceptionally-qualified doctoral students. These packages provide funding for four years, with the first year as a fellowship and the following years as assistantships. Tuition, fees, and a generous stipend are provided. Continued support is contingent on satisfactory academic progress. Furthermore, the university has a limited number of highly-competitive presidential fellowships, and will provide guidance in applying for external support. Students who have been promised teaching assistantships should fill out the appropriate forms, and contact the department administrator to finish registration. Furthermore, students suppored on teaching assistantships generally earn tuition remission for the following summer. All such students are expected to make full use of these credits to finish their coursework.

Financing the MS Degree

Please consult the Graduate School New Brunswick Tuition and Fee schedules for tuition and fees. Please consult the Summer School tuition and fees page if you plan to take courses during the summer. Rutgers also offers a cost estimator.

The exact cost of the program depends on choices made by each student, but it will be less the cost of equivalent programs offered by private universities. Rutgers offers outstanding graduate programs of excellent value to its students.

Resources for Students without Rutgers Funding

Some students are able to obtain assistantships or lectureships in other departments. Those who have a grant or fellowship from an outside source are welcome to apply it toward the tuition cost of the program. United States citizens or permanent residents may be eligible to apply for various forms of student aid. Rutgers waives tuition for certain unemployed and laid off students.

Students who wish to obtain summer internships are responsible for making their own arrangements, although faculty may offer advice about such positions as they become aware of them. Internship opportunities are often available at institutions in New Jersey and New York.




For the MS Degree

Applicants are expected to have completed 10 semester-hours of undergraduate calculus ( 640:151-152 and 640:251 if taken at Rutgers, or equivalent), a senior-level rigorous statistical methods course ( 960:401 or 960:484 if taken at Rutgers, or equivalent), and a course in linear algebra ( 640:250 if taken at Rutgers, or equivalent) . Students lacking these prerequisites may be asked to take additional courses that will not generally count toward the MS degree, except that at the discretion of the program director, credit for 960:484 or 960:495 may be counted among the thirty credits necessary for graduation.

Students finding themselves without such a course might see a sample pdf sample 484 syllabus (35 KB) , with readings. Students wishing to complete the Data Mining option should note that one of the courses required for this option but offered by Computer Science has as a prerequisite 198:344; this course in turn has as its prerequisites an undergraduate course in probability and an additional computer science course.

For the PhD Degree

Successful applicants to the PhD program generally have a significantly deeper math background than required for the MS degree; a course in real variables ( 640:411 if taken at Rutgers, or equivalent) is generally required prior to admission. Students who lack this background may be asked to take additional courses that will not generally count toward the PhD degree.

Coursework listed on transcripts submitted by students for admission often list successful coursework meeting the prerequisites of Rutgers courses. However, Rutgers' automated registration system doesn't have the capacity to recognize equivalents to Rutgers prerequisites taken at other universities, since copies of student non-Rutgers transcripts aren't parsed by the registrar's computer in a way that automates the process of matching other university's courses to Rutgers prerequisites. On request from a student, the graduate director will review these transcripts manually and request that the registrar consider prerequisites as having been met.



Graduate Work as an Undergraduate

Beginning work for the Master's Degree as an Undergraduate


Joint BS-MS Program

Rutgers Undergraduates showing exceptional promise may begin their MS work before obtaining their BS degree. In this way, graduate courses may be taken at the undergraduate tuition. Furthermore, students showing adequate performance in graduate courses as an undergraduate may be admitted to the MS without being required to take the GRE.

In order to be counted towards the MS degree, courses taken by undergraduates must not be used to satisfy the BS requirements. Students must demonstrate that these courses have not been used for their undergraduate degree by obtaining a letter from the undergraduate registrar stating this fact. These courses taken before matriculation as a graduate student must then be transferred to the graduate transcript according to the rules for the transfer of credits from other universities.

Undergraduates interested in pursuing this opportunity should consult with the director of the undergraduate program in Statistics and Biostatistics.

Students are encouraged to use Summer school, especially following the junior and senior years, to ensure their courses are completed on schedule. Many core MS courses are offered over the summer. Summer school tuition rates are discounted from regular undergraduate tuition rates and some courses are offered during the evening.

A similar program exists for students pursuing an undergraduate math major at Rutgers.

Undergradutes in Graduate Classes other than through the Joint BS-MS Program

Undergraduates may also, under certain conditions, take courses offered by the Graduate Programs in Statistics and Biostatistics, even when no arrangement for transition to the MS program has been made. Interested students should first obtain the form from the graduate school. Bring the form to the graduate director for approval. The graduate director will then contact the graduate school for the approval approval of the Administrator for Student Services. This arrangement will generally only be approved for students whose mathematics and statistics course grades are all B or better. The Graduate School -- New Brunswick will routinely approve the use of no more than 6 credits taken as an undergraduate, and in any case no more than 9 credits taken as an undergraduate, for later use towards the MS degree, and these credits must be in excess of 120 credits taken towards the BS.


Cross-Registration Policies

Rutgers has arrangements with various other universities that allow their graduate students to take graduate courses at Rutgers. Conditions and procedures vary.

Students from Other Universities Wishing to take Rutgers Courses

  • Princeton students may use the Rutgers Exchange Program.
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology students should use the procedure commonly used for taking Rutgers-Newark courses.
  • Students in the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey should use the Rutgers, NB/UMDNJ Cross Registration procedure. This policy does not apply to students in the joint Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy - School of Public Health at UMDNJ Master of Public Health program, who should follow a different policy.

Rutgers Students Wishing to take Courses at Other Universities

Applications by Current Rutgers Students

Procedures for Rutgers Graduate Students for Further Study in Statistics and Biostatistics


Master of Science in Statistics and Biostatistics as a Second Degree for Current Rutgers Graduate Degree Candidates

The Graduate School-New Brunswick regulations allow students who are current graduate degree candidates at Rutgers to earn an additional Master of Science Degree in another field. A new application is not required. Such candidates remain coded in their existing home graduate programs. Current Rutgers graduate students who wish to earn a Master of Science in Statistics and Biostatistics should consult with both their own graduate directors and with the Statistics and Biostatistics graduate director, and complete the Graduate School - New Brunswick form. Furthermore, graduate students whose tuition is being paid as part of a research assistantship should make their intention to pursue an MS degree in statistics clear to the employer paying the tuition.
Students should furthermore keep in mind that no more than 12 credits of coursework may be counted towards two Rutgers graduate degrees.

Doctoral Study for Current or Former Rutgers Candidates for the MS Degree in Statistics and Biostatistics

Alumni of the Rutgers MS program must formally apply for the PhD program. Current students in the Rutgers MS program should speak with the graduate director about changing their program. The mathematical prerequisites for the PhD program are more stringent than for the MS program. Students should first complete a course equivalent to 640:311 before beginning doctoral work, and should complete a course equivalent to 640:411 early in their PhD program.
Furthermore, students who have completed the MS at Rutgers have generally taken the MS theory sequence 960:580/2-3, and the Rutgers registrar will not allow students who have taken these courses to register for the first year PhD theory sequence 960:592-3. Such students are encouraged to audit 960:592-3 in order to prepare for the PhD written exam and for the second year theory sequence 960:652-3. PhD students are required to take 960:663, 960:680-1, 960:587, and two additional 600-level courses. Students who completed the MS at Rutgers will generally have at least 24 of their 30 credits earned towards the MS degree from courses numbered 540-599 and not 587, and may count these 24 credits towards the PhD degree, to complete the PhD course requirements.

Study for Current Rutgers Graduate Students from Other Programs

Students wishing to enter the graduate program in Statistics and Biostatistics, and are currently in other Rutgers graduate programs, may provide the same credentials as for a normal admission to the graduate director.

The graduate director will then see that these credentials are assessed along with other doctoral in the next application cycle. Rutgers graduate students who take 960:592-3, and who take and pass the PhD written exam prior to evaluation of their application, are considered very strong candidates for PhD admission.



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