MS in Applied Statistics for Social Science Research


For deadlines, application requirements, and information on how to apply, see the Graduate Application Guide for this program.

Admissions Information

Being Quantitatively Competent Matters

In addition to a strong academic record and GRE scores, applicants should have majored or minored in a quantitative discipline (such as mathematics, statistics, or computer science) that provides a solid foundation for advanced study of applied statistics or completed a selection of courses typically found in such quantitative disciplines. We strongly encourage individuals who major or minor in other quantitatively rigorous disciplines to apply, if their skills and interests align with the goals of our program.

Writing Skills Matter

We prepare statisticians who can communicate the results of their work to others. The analytical writing score of the GRE is, therefore, important as are other examples of writing ability (for example, the statement of purpose and supplemental statement).

Reasons for Pursuing the MS Matter

Our program has a defined goal and philosophy. We strongly seek candidates who have a clear and demonstrated commitment to making positive social change in the world through thoughtful and intelligent use of data.  The majority of the courses in A3SR program are in the Applied Statistics program.  While students have some unrestricted electives that they can use to explore the breadth of opportunities at NYU, this is a degree with targeted academic and training goals.  A3SR students become part of a community of like-minded statisticians interested in addressing important social issues.

Application Components

  • Online application
  • Application fee (payable by major credit card only)
  • Statement of purpose, (describing why you want to be an applied statistician – limit to 2 pages)
  • Resume/Curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts from all institutions attended or attending
  • One page supplemental statement on your statistical, mathematical, or computer science background
  • GRE is required
  • Applicants whose first language is not English are required to take one of the following English proficiency exams and submit the scores: TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic. See more information on English proficiency testing.