The Admission Process

Application to graduate programs in the California State University System takes place in two stages. In the first stage, prospective students apply through Cal State Apply to the graduate division of the University (GAPE). Once this initial process is complete, the application is passed on to the department. See Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluation for more detailed information on the application procedure.

Admission Requirements

  1. Admission to the Graduate Division.
  2. International students must have achieved a score of at least 80 on the TOEFL iBT exam (or an approved score on the IELTS or PTE). International students having earned a degree in the USA are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS exam scores.
  3. Calculus credit through multiple integration and partial differentiation, as usually earned through 3 semesters of calculus (e.g., Math 30, 31, and 32 at SJSU), each with a grade of at least B.
  4. Linear Algebra (e.g., Math 39 at SJSU), with a grade of at least B.
  5. A calculus-based introductory course in probability and statistics (e.g., Math 161A at SJSU) with a grade of at least B.
  6. Letters of recommendation (2-3), submitted through CalState Apply.

The MS Statistics program is designed for students entering in a fall semester.  All spring courses require fall courses as prerequisites.  Admissions for a spring semester, when the university allows such applications, is limited to exceptional students who have already learned the material in the first fall semester graduate courses.