Admission to the Graduate School is contingent upon the following conditions.

  • Receipt of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • An undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher on a 4.0 base for the equivalent of the last 2 years of undergraduate study. Exceptions may be made to this rule upon recommendation of the department, providing that the applicant can present other substantial evidence of his or her ability to pursue graduate work at a satisfactory level
  • Graduate Record Examination - Q GRE score of 700 or greater (or greater than 150 using the new scoring system)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • International applicants whose first language is not English must submit TOEFL scores of 550 (paper) or 213 (computer), except those applicants who have graduated from an accredited university where English is the language of instruction.  IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is also accepted; a 6.5 minimum score is required

The Department of Statistics encourages applications from students in fields other than mathematics and statistics. Although a degree in mathematics is not required, mathematical training through advanced calculus is required. Skill in matrix algebra is strongly recommended.


A complete application packet consists of an application form, official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work, three letters of recommendation, and a $75 application fee. International applicants must also complete a Financial Certification Form and submit scores on the GRE and TOEFL examinations. All application materials should be addressed directly to the Graduate School. More information concerning the application process may be found at Graduate School's application website.



To ensure efficient processing of the application and consideration for all forms of financial assistance, it is recommended that applicants for regular fall semester admission make certain that their application and all related materials are submitted to the Graduate School by January 31. Applications and all related materials for admission or readmission to any other term should reach the Graduate School Office and the Department of Statistics at least eight weeks before the beginning of the term in which enrollment is requested.

Paper application forms and the Graduate Catalog can be obtained by writing to:

The Graduate School
Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown (MC0325)
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Graduate Admissions Deadline

The deadline for graduate student applications is January 15th for admissions in August. All applicants who are US citizens or permanent residents will be considered for the Jean Gibbons Teaching Fellowship.

Other Places of Interest to Prospective Graduate Students

For additional information about graduate statistics education, please contact:

Christina Dillon
406-A Hutcheson Hall (MC 0439)
250 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg VA 24061
Phone: 540-231-5630
Fax: 540-231-3863


For course enrollment problems or force add questions please contact:

Betty Higginbotham
405-A Hutcheson Hall (MC 0439)
250 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg VA 24061
Phone: 540-231-5657