University of Vermont

Department of Mathematics & Statistics

MS in Statistics or Biostatistics

Admission Requirements

The following are required for admission to our graduate programs in statistics or biostatistics.

  • A baccalaureate degree
  • Three semesters of calculus, through multivariable calculus
    (UVM MATH 021, 022, and 121 or equivalent)
  • A course in matrix methods (UVM MATH 124 or equivalent)
  • At least one course in statistics (such as UVM STAT 211). Certainly more background, in terms of formal coursework in statistics and/or experience with data analysis is highly desirable.
  • GRE (Graduate Record Exam) - general test

It is possible to be admitted to our programs (but not to candidacy) if some of the course pre-requisites have not been satisfied. All pre-requisites must be completed prior to receiving the MS degree.

For international students taking the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), scores of at least 90 are required for admission, and at least 100 for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship. The Institution Code for test scores for UVM is 3920.

All applications must be completed online at

Applications will require three letters of recommendation, college transcripts, Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) scores, and TOEFL scores for those whose native language is not English.

Applicants whose files are complete by March 1 receive full consideration for admission and for financial support starting in the Fall Semester. The deadline for all other applicants is April 1. Typically, we don't consider admissions for the Spring Semester, although we do sometimes make an exception for highly qualified applicants that need to complete some of the prerequisites. Financial support is not available in such cases.