Graduate Admissions

Once you have reviewed and met all admissions requirements, you are ready to Begin Your Application to Rice University.

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Prospective students applying to the Ph.D. in Statistics program generally have the following mathematics background. If you do not satisfy these prerequisites, we invite you to contact the Graduate and Undergraduate Program Administrator or chair of the Ph.D. admissions committee to seek advice.

  • Single and multivariable calculus
  • Linear or matrix algebra
  • Probability and Statistics (Calculus-based)

Note: A background in non-calculus statistics is helpful, but it will not prepare you for the mathematical rigor in this program of study.

Typical Rice courses satisfying the prerequisites include:

  • MATH 101/102 - Single Variable Calculus I/II
  • MATH 211 - Ordinary Differential Equations and Linear Algebra
  • MATH 212 - Multivariable Calculus
  • CAAM 335 - Matrix Analysis
  • CAAM 334 - Matrix Analysis for Data Science
  • MATH 355 - Linear Algebra
  • STAT 310 - Probability and Statistics
  • STAT 311 - Honors Probability and Mathematical Statistics
  • STAT 315 - Probability and Statistics for Data Science


All graduate applicants to the Department of Statistics at Rice University must provide:

  • Graduate Record Examination scores (quantitative, verbal, and analytical) GRE scores are considered optional (but recommended) for Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 applicants due to COVID-19.
  • Unofficial undergraduate transcripts (and graduate, if applicable)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL scores should also be included when appropriate

All documents should be uploaded online with your application. It is not necessary to mail in any paper materials. Official transcripts are required only after admission to the program.

Application Deadlines

  • PhD Program: December 10
  • Professional Master's Program in Statistics (MStat): February 1

Contact Us

Inquiries about admissions to our graduate programs should be emailed to Paige Goodson