Applied Statistics Master of Applied Statistics (M.A.S.)

How to Apply

Application Deadline

Fall semester April 15

Start your application online and upload materials directly into the online system. You can save your progress and return any time.

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1Review Admission Requirements

The Master of Applied Statistics (M.A.S.) requires applicants to have the following:

  • A four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited university
  • Three semesters of calculus (or at least through multiple integration)
  • A course in linear algebra
  • At least one undergraduate-level statistics course
  • Math Entrance Exam scores or GRE scores

Note that meeting the minimum department standards does not ensure admission to the program. Admission to Colorado State University graduate programs is based on a number of factors, including prior academic and professional experience and your personal statement.

The Master of Applied Statistics is a rigorous program that requires regular application of the skills learned in calculus, linear algebra, and statistics. If it has been more than 10 years since you have taken these math courses (or more than five years if these skills are not utilized on a regular basis in the workplace), please contact the department prior to applying.

2 Prepare Application Materials

Prepare the materials below and upload when you apply online.

  • Three letters of recommendation
    Three professional recommendations are required. You will provide information about your recommenders in the online application. CSU will contact them with instructions and a link to a secure form they will submit on your behalf.

    Letters should be from (1) previous or current college/university instructors, (2) previous or current, immediate professional supervisors, or (3) observers, other than supervisors, who can verify the specific impact of your professional or intellectual expertise. Letters from friends, co-workers, and/or relatives will be considered only as supplements to the required three letters.
  • Resume
  • Personal statement
    Summarize your long-term professional and educational goals and how graduate studies will contribute to both in two pages or less.
  • Math Entrance Exam scores or GRE scores
    It is highly recommended you complete the Math Entrance Exam, but GRE scores will also be accepted. The math entrance exam covers calculus and linear algebra, and applicants are provided free preparation materials by the department. To request preparation materials or to make arrangements to take the exam, please contact Karena Alons at There is no fee for taking this exam; however, the exam must be taken at an approved university testing center which may charge a fee for service. The exam will be available between January 15th and March 15th each year.
  • Transfer credit
    If you have taken prior master's level coursework in statistics, those credits may be considered for transfer into our M.A.S. program if the grade earned was at least a B, and the course was of the appropriate type and level for our M.A.S. program. Any courses that have been taken to fulfill a requirement for another degree, even as an elective, cannot be allowed for transfer. You should send a catalog course description(s), textbook information, and a list of topics covered and course prerequisites.

3 Complete Online Application

Complete the online graduate application and pay the nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online). As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. Your application will not be reviewed until it is complete and all required materials have been received.

  • Select "Applied Statistics / Data Science (M.A.S.) - Distance" or "Applied Statistics / Statistical Science (M.A.S.) - Distance" when choosing the program of study.

4Request Transcripts

Request one official transcript of all collegiate work completed from every institution attended, whether or not you received a degree from those institutions. Transcripts from Colorado State University are not required. Official transcripts can either be mailed in or sent as e-transcripts.

Send e-transcripts to:

Send paper copies to:
Graduate Admissions
Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

Check Your Application Status

View your application status at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or to check on updates.

Once your complete application, including supporting materials, is received, the department admission committee will review your application and notify you of their decision.

Information for International Students

Official transcript translation

Ensure official copies include a certified translation into English (only one set of transcripts is required).

Official test scores

Colorado State University requires that proficiency in English language be demonstrated either by the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE academic tests prior to admission. Please submit one of the official scores from the list below. Tests must be taken within two years prior to admission and submitted directly from the Educational Testing Service (select institution code: 4075).

  • The minimum TOEFL score for admission without condition is 550 (paper-based), or 80 (internet-based).
  • The minimum IELTS score for admission without condition is 6.5.
  • The minimum PTE Academic score for admission without condition is 58.

All applicants who are citizens of countries in which English is not the official language, and who do not have an undergraduate degree from the U.S. must submit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores.

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