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PhD Programs

PhD program applicants may submit only one application per admissions year but may request to transfer their application to a different SMD graduate program at any point in the application process. PhD applicants who do not receive an admissions offer before April 15 are not automatically considered for admission into a Master's program. If you applied to the PhD in Statistics program and would like to transfer your existing application to either the Master of Arts in Statistics program or Master of Science in Biostatistics program, please email Karin Gasaway before May 1.


Applicants must have earned a U.S. baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from a college, university, or technical school of acceptable standing. Students in their final year of undergraduate study may be admitted on the condition that their bachelor's degrees are awarded before they matriculate. Evidence of the earned degree is required prior to matriculation in the form of an official transcript noting degree conferral.

Application Requirements for PhD Degree Programs

It is expected that all application materials (with the exception of official score reports) be scanned and uploaded to your online application. Please note that the University of Rochester reserves the right to verify the accuracy of all transcripts and test scores, and to require submission of official documentation at any point in the admissions review process.

1. Create an online School of Medicine and Dentistry Graduate Admissions Application

2. Statement of Purpose

3. Uploaded copy of transcript(s) to online application.
Please do not mail a hard copy at this time.

4. 3 Letters of Recommendation

5. Official English language test score for international applicants whose native language is not English. The following test types are acceptable:
     TOEFL (SMD school code: 2948)
     IELTS (Electronic score delivery; select University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry)
     DuoLingo (select University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry)

Most international applicants will need to provide TOEFL, IELTS, or DuoLingo English test scores unless they have earned or will earn an undergraduate baccalaureate degree from a US educational institution (for automatic waiver) or from a country where English is an official language and all instruction is provided in English (manual waiver review). For consideration of any other waiver requests, including other graduate study in the United States, please email a copy of your most recent score report (even if expired) to Karin Gasaway.

GRE scores are no longer used by the Statistics Admissions Committee in evaluating applications to the program. If GRE scores are submitted, the committee will not look at them or take them into account when making admissions decisions.

​Research papers, publications and other original works, as well as resumes and CVs may also be submitted for consideration, but are not required.

Please do not include secondary school documentation, financial documentation, etc., as these are not utilized during the admissions process.

PhD Frequently Asked Questions

The pages below will answer many of the questions you might have before applying. If you have a question that is not answered on either of these pages, please contact the Statistics Graduate Program Administrator Karin Gasaway. We look forward to receiving your application!

PhD Application Timeline

  • By December 1st  - The $60 application fee is automatically waived (please allow 90 minutes for the waiver to process)
  • By December 15th - Complete application due (standard school deadline, $60 application fee applies)
  • January - February - Interviews scheduled
  • February - Interviews held
  • February-March - Offer of admission notices mailed after interviews
  • By April 15 - Responses due for offer of admission
  • August - Orientation