The Department of Statistics
Western Michigan University
Frequently Asked Questions About Applications:
How do I apply?
Go to the Application Guide page.
Fall Term, which usually starts around Sept. 1. The second semester is called Spring Term, and starts the first week of January. There are two half-length semesters in the summer: Summer I starts in early May, Summer II starts in late June. (See the WMU academic calendar.)
APRIL 1 (for international students):
AUGUST (for US residents):
Yes, but there are fewer courses to take, since the first year sequence of courses starts in the Fall.
Yes. Check out the program prerequisites for the Masters in Statistics. If you have taken and passed these prerequisite courses with grades of B or better, then you can apply for admission and a teaching assistantship.
I do not have a Masters in Statistics. Can I apply for the PhD program?
Applicants usually enter the PhD in Statistics program with a Masters in Statistics. If you do not have a Masters degree in Statistics, you may apply for the MS Statistics program and change to the PhD program after one year of coursework.
Teaching assistantships (TA). Our TA's are typically assigned to teach two sections of elementary mathematics or statistics classes. We do not have non-teaching financial aid.
The number of new TA positions varies from year to year. Last year, we had 6 new positions. 3 of these went to US residents, and 3 went to international students.
First we verify that you have taken and passed the prerequisite courses for your desired program. Then we look at your overall background (courses taken and grades).
You may include a letter that describes the specific topics covered by each course.
TA applications need a GPA of 3.0 or better (or their equivalent in your grading system). If your overall cumulative GPA is below 3.0, but your last two years of coursework has a cumulative GPA above 3.0, you may still qualify for a TA.
Only for doctoral applications, and only the General test. Subject tests are not necessary, and there is no minimum required score.
A score of 500 (173 CBT/61iBT) is required for restricted enrollment (part-time English study and part-time academics during the first semester) or 550 (213 CBT/80 iBT) for unrestricted enrollment.
Residents of some countries do not need to take the TOEFL. Go to the ISSA applications page for more information, and follow the links to a list of exempt countries.
No, but you are encouraged to contact ISSA to get confirmation about your case. In the past, students who have been in a school in the US for at least one year do not need to take the TOEFL.
If you have questions about the graduate programs or the application process, please email the Statistics graduate advisor .
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