Application Requirements

Applicants should visit Graduate Admissions for application information, forms, and instructions, including general graduate school application requirements, and should note deadlines and test requirements. Test scores should be sent directly from the testing organization to the Rutgers office of Graduate Admissions, using the code 2790.

The Graduate School -- New Brunswick generally expects successful applicants to have verbal and quantitative Graduate Record Exam scores of at least 500 and 600 respectively. Our requirements for the verbal score is somewhat flexible, but, particularly for PhD applicants, expect quantitative scores to be considerably higher. The Graduate School -- New Brunswick has instructions specific to international applicants, including rules determining who must submit a TOEFL score and minimal acceptable scores.

The application form must be submitted on-line. Please submit all supporting materials for your application on-line where possible and otherwise mailed in one envelope. Mail supporting materials (including the fee, unless paid on-line) in time to be received at the appropriate admissions office.

Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
56 College Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8541, U.S.A.
(732) 932-7711

Applicants who have submitted all required admissions materials will receive a response from the Graduate School-New Brunswick.

Applicants may check the status of their application on-line.

One may apply to multiple graduate programs at Rutgers. A separate fee must be paid for each program that one applies to. Please contact graduate admissions to arrange for your credentials to be shared with other programs.
Graduate students who wish to transfer to the Graduate Program in Statistics and Biostatistics to earn our master's degree instead of their current degree should consult with the graduate program director. Students from out side of the Graduate School-New Brunswick may need to do a complete new application.

Students who have been admitted to one of our programs, and who choose to accept our offer, should now read our offer acceptance and orientation material. We ask that students choosing not to accept our offer let us know as soon as possible.

Non-Degree Admissions

A student who is not already enrolled in a degree program at Rutgers and who does not wish to pursue the MS degree may apply to our program as a Non-Degree student. You do not need to submit GRE scores or letters of recommendation, but you do need to demonstrate that you have taken the prerequisites (at Rutgers or elsewhere) for any courses for which you wish to register. Students should discuss whether they have satisfied prerequisites for the various graduate courses with the graduate director. Non-degree students can take 12 credits of courses offered by Rutgers. This cap is cumulative across all programs, and so a student who has non-degree admission from multiple programs receives only one allotment of 12 credits. This cap also includes undergraduate courses. Students who have applied and been admitted as a non-degree student, and who later wish to apply for a Rutgers degree program, must pay another application fee. For non-degree admission, we require a transcript showing two semesters of calculus, or one senior level undergraduate statistics course, equivalent to Rutgers 640:151-2 or 960:401 respectively, or more. Application information is available from the Apply — Three Easy Steps page: please read the Non-degree Graduate Study paragraph under the heading Further Information. There is generally an application fee to apply for non-degree status. You will also need a special permission number from the Graduate Program in Statistics and Biostatistics, after applying to be a non-degree student, in order to register for one or more courses. This process should be completed in advance of the start of the desired semester and early application is advised.

Non-Matriculated Admissions

The Graduate Program in Statistics is no longer admitting non-matriculated students.

Students whose appropriateness for the graduate programs in statistics and biostatistics is not clear may, at the discretion of the admissions committee, be offered non-matriculated admission. A non-matriculated student can take 12 credits of courses offered by the Graduate Program in Statistics and Biostatistics. Under these circumstances, the admissions decision is reconsidered after the student has completed the first few courses in the program. On reconsideration, if the admissions committee decides that the student is appropriate for the program, the student should fill out the Status Change Form to change status to "Matriculated", and no further fee is assessed.

Applications for Transfer from non-Rutgers Programs

The admissions procedure is the same for transfer students as it is for students just starting their graduate study of Statistics and Biostatistics.
Students can apply to transfer credits for graduate courses with a grade of B or better, provided they replace appropriate courses offered by our program, and credit for such courses was not used to earn a previous undergraduate degree. Maximum numbers of credits that may be transferred is different for the MS and Ph.D. degrees. Permission to transfer credit is granted on a case-by-case basis and is not granted automatically. Please see the general Graduate School-New Brunswick rules for transfer of credit for full details. Students may not transfer any credits from another university until they have completed 12 credits as a matriculated student.

Starting Dates

Students may begin their studies during Fall, Spring, or Summer terms. Students who need F1 visas are allowed to start in Fall or Spring, but not Summer. PhD students are strongly urged to begin in the Fall, but other entry options are available.

Applications for Readmission

Students whose student status has lapsed due to a student's failure to maintain registration may apply for readmission, by submitting the proper form to the graduate school.