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Department of Statistics

Dept. 3332, 1000 E. University Ave

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-4229

Fax: 307-766-6838


Department of Statistics

*The PhD program is currently on Hiatus, meaning we are not accepting applications for the program at this time.

Graduate Program

The University of Wyoming offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Statistics. These programs are designed to emphasize the close relation between statistical theory and the sound application of this theory to a wide variety of areas of scientific research.


The prerequisite for admission to graduate study is an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution, including work in mathematics through calculus III, Linear Algebra and six semester hours of statistics. Test scores from the GRE (Our institution code with ETS is 4855) and TOEFL exams are required. The minimum score requirement for the TOEFL is 540 (76Ibt) or for IELTS minimum score is 6.5. (To meet UW admission requirements, Some departments may require higher scores.) Students who do not have prerequisites in mathematics and statistics may make up this deficiency at the beginning of their graduate program, however, such work does not count toward graduation requirements. 


With assistantships typically starting the fall semester of every year, the application deadline is then the 1st of March of that year. For example If you are applying for the fall of 2018, your application needs to be submitted by the 1st of March 2018 (hard deadline). Only COMPLETE applications by the March 1st deadline will be reviewed.

First, applicants need to go to Admissions for information on the Graduate Admission requirements and online forms that need completed. Fill those forms out on-line and submit them on-line, and mail any other required materials (i.e. Official Transcripts/ GRE scores/ TOEFL scores etc.).

Secondly, the Statistics Department requires 3 confidential letters of recommendation, mailed directly from recommender (these may be emailed to or submitted through the admissions application process).

A minimum combined score of 308 (153 V and 155 Quant) in the Verbal and Quantitative areas from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for Ph.D. applicants and 291 for Master's applicants.  GRE scores are valid for 5 yrs.

Applicants for whom English is not their first language must complete the TOEFL (600 or 100 iBT minimum score) examination or IELTS (6.5 minimum score). However, financial assistance is typically provided to only those students with demonstrated communication skills in spoken English and to those whose TOEFL scores reach 650 and above (114 Ibt) or IELTS (7.0). Therefore, for all students desiring to be considered for financial assistance we recommend taking the TSE (Test of Spoken English) examination or being able to present other evidence of English speaking ability.


There is a Language Proficiency Requirement for International Graduate Assistants that wish to be teaching assistants.

Graduate Courses and Degree Requirements:

Statistics Courses Available for Graduate Credit

Master of Science
Doctor of Philosophy
Graduate Minor

Research Facilities 

The Department has its own computer lab available to students. The central library and our department library contain excellent collections of journals and books in statistics and related areas. Cooperative research efforts between statistics and other applied areas provide many research opportunities.

The University of Wyoming, the state of Wyoming and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) have developed a partnership to build a national data center housing technology's latest supercomputers. More information as it becomes available!

Financial Aid

Teaching and research assistantships are available on a competitive basis. The 2017-2018 rate is $12,078 for Master's level students and $16,785 for Ph.D track students. This is for nine months. In addition, tuition and student health insurance fees are paid. The department supports 8-10 graduate students each year.

Graduate Assistantship Application

Cost of Study

Semester Tuition and Fee Schedule

Cost of Living

The University has dormitory accommodations for graduate students. Married students' housing (at reasonable rates) and off-campus living facilities are available in the community of nearly 30,000 residents. For information, go to Residence Life & Dining Services.

Student Group

The University of Wyoming has approximately 10,000 students enrolled in eight colleges. Of these, around 2,500 are graduate students. The department has 12 graduate students, with 8 at the master's level and 4 doctoral candidates. 

The Community

Laramie is a pleasant high-plains town located between the 9,000-foot Laramie Range (20 minutes away) and the scenic Medicine Bow Mountains (40 minutes away), which range in elevation from 8,000 to 12,000 feet and have snow-covered peaks year around. It is 130 miles north of Denver and 2,000 feet higher than that mile-high city. The climate is cool, dry and breezy, with no smog and an abundance of bright sunshine. Laramie is on Interstate 80, a major east-west artery, and is served by a commercial airline, buses, and railroads.
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Department of Statistics

Dept. 3332, 1000 E. University Ave

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-4229

Fax: 307-766-6838


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