Application Requirements

The application process is entirely online.  All supplemental materials such as your transcripts, the descriptive list of courses, publications and/or resumes should be uploaded as PDF files.  Please do not mail copies of your transcripts, statement of purpose, letters of recommendations, GRE and TOEFL scores, resumes, or any other documents as they will not be included with your application.  

Directions for online submission of letters or recommendation will be included in the Online Graduate Application for Admissions and Fellowships.  

Once you upload and submit supplemental material, you will not be able to update it so please make sure you are submitting the correct material.  Due to the high volume of email during the admissions season, please do not send multiple emails requesting to update and replace already submitted material. 


1. The Online Graduate Application for Admissions and Fellowships

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We require applicants to submit both the statement of purpose AND personal statement (also known as the personal history statement). These statements must be submitted with the online application. For the statement of purpose, be concise; an ideal essay should say everything it needs to with brevity. Approximately 500 to 1000 well-selected words (1-2 single space pages in 12 point font) is better than more words with less clarity and poor organization. Personal statements are typically one page or shorter, though some are longer. 

2. Three letters of recommendation

Please follow the detailed instructions in the online application and remember to inform your recommenders that the department's deadline to receive supplemental materials is the same as the application deadline.  Your recommenders must submit their letters online via the Online Graduate Application for Admissions and Fellowships.

3. Transcripts

Upload copies of official transcripts for the departmental initial review. If admitted, official transcripts of all college-level work will be required and must be in sealed envelopes as issued by the school(s) you have attended. Transcripts that are not in English should include translations from the school that issued the original transcripts. Transcripts must be uploaded no later than the application deadline.

See "Basic Requirements" on the Graduate Admissions Website more information regarding transcripts »

4. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test

NEW: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the GRE is optional for applicants applying to the MA or PhD program in the Fall of 2020 (i.e. applying to be part of the entering class of Fall 2021).

5. Descriptive List of Upper Division/Graduate Statistics and Math Coursework

Please include the department, course number and title, instructor, grade, school, texts used and subject matter covered for all upper division and graduate level statistics and math courses you have taken. You should also include courses outside statistics and math departments that have a significant quantitative component. This list should be uploaded as a PDF document via the online application.

6. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

All applicants from countries in which the official language is not English are required to submit official evidence of English language proficiency. This requirement applies to applicants from Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Latin America, the Middle East, Israel, the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, most Eurpoean countries, and non-English-speaking countries in Africa.

If you have completed at least one year of full-time academic course work with grades of B or better in residence at a U.S. university, you do not need to take a standardized test. Instead, you must upload an official transcript from the U.S. University.

Applicants must receive a score of 570 on the written test. The computer-based TOEFL must have a minimum score of 230. The minimum score for Next Generation TOEFL (iBT) is 90. Take the TOEFL at least 30 days prior to the deadline. Inquiries about the TOEFL can be made at or at toefl [at] ets [dot] org. The institution code for Berkeley is 4833. There is no department code for the TOEFL.

For Fall 2021, tests taken before June 1, 2019 will not be accepted even if your score was reported to UC Berkeley. 

See more information on English Language Proficiency »