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Application Process FAQ

Application Materials

  • Who can I send questions to?
    All questions regarding the graduate program should be directed to Graduate Services.
  • Where should I send my application materials?
    All application materials should be submitted online at the The Graduate School’s Online Application System.
  • Do I need to submit all materials at once?
    Materials can be added to the application on different days until the application has been submitted. After the application is submitted materials cannot be added.
  • What is the checklist of all materials that need to be submitted?
    You can find the checklist here.
  • Can the application fee be waived?
    Domestic applicants who have participated in certain programs are eligible for the graduate school to pay the application fee. A list of such programs is included on the application form and applicants should indicate the appropriate programs.
  • How will I know if all of my application materials have been received?
    Use the Apply Yourself website to check the status of your application. Please note it may take up three weeks for submitted materials to be marked as “complete.”
  • When are applications due?
    For application deadlines, see Application Information.
  • How many official copies of the transcript are required?
    One unofficial transcript from each previous institution should be submitted online. If you are admitted and enroll, official final transcripts will be required.
  • Should I contact individual faculty members about admission to the program?
    While applicants are welcome to contact individual faculty members about their research, it is not part of the admissions process. Admissions are decided by a departmental committee, chaired by the admissions director.
  • Can my letter writers send a hardcopy letter of recommendation?
    Letters of recommendations should be submitted online.
  • When should I expect to hear about admission and financial support?
    We typically begin making offers in February and continue through April. We contact applicants as soon as decisions are made and are not able to respond to all queries regarding admissions decisions.
  • What is the minimum GPA required?
    3.0, though most admitted students have GPAs higher than this, particularly in mathematics and statistics courses. Applicants are competing with the current applicant pool; historic averages are not published.
  • If I already have a Ph.D., can I apply to your program?
    It depends on the previous Ph.D., your other qualifications and whether you are requesting financial aid.

GRE Scores

  • Is GRE general test score required?
    Yes. However, we may waive this requirement for master’s degree applicants on a case-by-case basis.
  • How old can the GRE score be?
    The GRE score can only be reported from ETS for the past five years.
  • Is GRE subject test score required?
    No, though some Ph.D. applicants do send a score from the math subject test.
  • Is there a minimum required GRE score?
    No, but most admitted students have 80th percentile or greater for each of the quantitative and verbal scores. Applicants are competing with the current applicant pool; historic averages are not published.
  • Can I send an unofficial copy of GRE scores for now and send an official score report after acceptance?
    You can send an unofficial score report if you think there will be a delay in the official score report being sent.
  • What is the institution code to have ETS send GRE scores to NC State?
    The institutional code number for NC State University is 5496. There is no need to provide a departmental code.


  • What are the prerequisites for the program?
    Knowledge of multvariable calculus and matrix algebra are the minimal requirements for the master’s program. One semester of real analysis is a corequisite for the Ph.D. program. A course in real analysis course can be taken once a student is enrolled.
  • How many applications are there for the statistics graduate program?
    We receive more than 500 applications each year.
  • How many students are admitted?
    It varies each year depending on the applicant pool, available funding and other factors. Our competitive program historically offers admission to fewer than 10% of applicants.
  • How many international students are admitted each year?
    It varies each year depending on the applicant pool, available funding and other factors.
  • Is funding available for doctoral students? For international students?
    Yes, see here for details.
  • If I do not have a master’s degree, can I apply directly to the Ph.D. program?
    Yes, we encourage you to apply for the degree you ultimately want to obtain.
  • If I have a previous master’s degree, do I need to retake the master’s courses at NC State?
    Students who are admitted with a previous master’s may take the Basic Exam in August just prior to enrollment. A Ph.D. pass on this exam is required for the Ph.D. degree. If the student is not able to obtain a Ph.D. pass on the first try, they can enroll in the master’s core courses and take the exam a second time.
  • What is the difference between the Master of Statistics and Master of Science degrees?
    The Master of Statistics is a coursework-only degree. The Master of Science requires a master’s thesis (research). Most students in our program receive the Master of Statistics degree. We are not currently accepting new applicants to the M.S. program.