Department of Statistics Unitmark
Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

How to Apply

Application Form

Applications for admission to the 2022-2023 cohort will be accepted from Friday, October 1st, 2021 through Friday, January 14th, 2022 at 11:59 pm EST.

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Application Checklist for the Master of Statistical Practice Program

Application Fee

The application fee for the MSP program is $60 from October 1st, 2021 through November 5th, 2021, and $75 from November 6th, 2021 through January 14th, 2022. The application deadline is Friday, January 14th, 2022 at 11:59 pm EST.

Prerequisites for the Program

  • Two semesters of calculus based probability and mathematical statistics
  • Topics should include: random variables, distribution functions, joint and conditional distributions, functions of random variables & their probability distributions; maximum likelihood estimation, properties of estimators, hypothesis testing, interval estimation.

    Typical Textbook: Mathematical Statistics with Applications - Wackerly, et al., or equivalent

    CMU classes are: 36-225 and 36-226

  • One course in linear regression analysis
  • Topics should include: exploratory data analysis, linear regression models, validation and interpretation of models

    Typical Textbook: Applied Linear Regression Models - Kutner, et al., or equivalent. A strong Econometrics course is also accepted.

    CMU classes are: 36-401

  • One course in matrix algebra

Transcript(s) from all previously attended universities

Applicants must submit transcripts from both undergraduate institutions and any previous graduate work. If you are currently enrolled in a degree program that you have not completed at the time you submit your application, please submit your current transcript. Please note that your transcript must include all academic terms completed by January 14, 2022. Thus, by January 14, 2022, please update your application with your final Fall 2021 course grades if you are currently enrolled in an academic program. Official transcripts will only be required if you are admitted to the program.

TOEFL score reports

All non-native English speakers are required to submit valid TOEFL scores regardless of undergraduate institution or time spent in the US. A desirable total TOEFL score is 105 or higher. Speaking TOEFL scores should be at least 26.

Institution Code: 2074

Department Code: 59

If you have attended an undergraduate institution in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, or Australia we will accept an official copy of your expired TOEFL scores, and documentation of your current English language fluency - for example, comments about your English language fluency discussed in a letter of recommendation from a Professor or from an ESL instructor. IELTS is an acceptable substitute for the TOEFL. (A desirable IELTS score is 7.5 or higher).


Make sure to upload your résumé or CV underneath the Supplemental Information portion of the online application; this is a required portion of the application.

Statement of purpose

A good statement of purpose typically includes why you're interested in the MSP program, your qualifications, and your goals.

Letters of recommendation (3)

Please submit three letters of recommendation, at least two of which should be faculty recommendations.

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