Department of Statistics Unitmark
Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Frequently Asked Questions

Please read the following Frequently Asked Questions prior to contacting the department.

Who Should Apply?

Anyone who wants to work in the exciting field of data analytics and meets the prerequisites.

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 good Econometrics course is an acceptable substitute.

    CMU classes are: 36-401

  • One course in matrix algebra

What are the costs for the program?

The tuition for the MSP program in 2018-2019 was $48,080 per year. Approximate fees per semester are $800. The average cost of rent per month is $1,000 for a 1 bedroom apartment.

Do you offer financial aid?

We do not offer a financial aid package for the MSP program. Qualified students may be eligible to be hired as graders or teaching assistants for the Statistics Department.

How much is the application fee?


What if I can't pay the application fee via credit card?

Application fees paid by check (made payable to Carnegie Mellon University) can be mailed to the MSP admissions office. As an absolute last resort, we will accept cash.

What is the minimum acceptable TOEFL score?

All non-native English speakers are required to submit valid TOEFL scores. A desirable total TOEFL score is 100 or higher. Speaking TOEFL scores should be at least 22.

Institution Code: 2074

Department Code: 59

What if I am a non-native English speaker and I attended a University in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, or Australia?

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. IELTS is also acceptable. Applications without TOEFL (or IELTS) will not be considered. If your submitted TOEFL is expired, you should have some documentation of your current English language fluency is required, for example, comments about your English language fluency discussed in a letter of recommendation from a Professor or from an ESL instructor.

How long are TOEFL scores valid?

TOEFL scores are valid for 2 years from the date of the exam.

What is the department code for TOEFL scores?

Institution Code: 2074

Department Code: 59

What is the minimum acceptable GRE score?

We do not have a stated minimum GRE score. We are interested in the student's entire application package, including course work, experience, and recommendations.

What is the department code for GRE scores?

Institution Code: 2074

Department Code: 0705

How many letters of recommendation do I need to submit?

Three, at least two of which should be faculty recommendations.

Will you review my application if it is incomplete?

Incomplete applications will not be eligible for review by the admissions committee.

What if information is received after the deadline?

We will accept application materials that are post-marked by February 1st.

How many applicants do you typically admit?

In 2018, we admitted about 12% of the 450 program applicants.

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