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MS, Applied Statistics for Social Science Research

How do I choose which applied statistics master’s program is best for me?

NYU offers different l options to study applied statistics and data science. See the Center for Data Science website for information about the MS in Data Science and the Stern website for information about the MS in Business Analytics. For quantitative policy analysis research based in statistics and economics, see the Education and Social Policy program.

What is the deadline for applying to the Master of Science in Applied Statistics for Social Science Research (A3SR)?

February 1 for September matriculation. Late applications may be accepted if space is available.

What are the qualifications for admissions?

In addition to a strong academic record and GRE scores, applicants should have majored or minored in a quantitative discipline that provides a solid foundation for advanced study of applied statistics or completed a selection of courses typically found in such quantitative disciplines.

The three programs that are most closely related are:

  • Mathematics, which emphasizes formal reasoning and modeling (e.g., advanced calculus, logic, linear algebra, probability theory)
  • Statistics (e.g., inference and probability, linear models)
  • Computer science (e.g., programming, discrete math, analysis of algorithms, data mining techniques).

These are just three potential programs of typical applicants; we strongly encourage individuals who major or minor in another quantitatively rigorous discipline such as economics, the physical sciences, or computational biology to apply, if their skills and interests align with the above.

For additional information, please visit how to apply page.

Are there different admissions requirements for international students?

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.

What are the TOEFL requirements?

Successful candidates have scored at or above 100 on the internet-based exam.

How many credits is the program?

This is a variable 34–44 credit program.

How will I know if I can accelerate the program?

The required credits for a student with no prior related course work is 44. Students will have the opportunity to decrease their number of credits during the advisement process, prior to the start of the first semester. Students will also be asked to complete assessments in relevant topics/fields. In some circumstances other types of criteria (published papers, software packages, etc.) will be used to assess mastery of a topic.

How long does it take to complete the MS program?

This is a variable 34–44 credit program. The full-time program can be completed in 3 or 4 semesters, depending on your prior statistical training. Part-time enrollment is permitted and will, of course, take longer – up to 6 semesters.

What are the components of the admission application?

  • Online application form
  • Application fee
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • All college transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • 1 page supplemental statement on your statistical, mathematical, or computer science background

For more information on the application process, please refer to the How to Apply page.

Is the GRE required?

Yes, the GRE is required for the MS program.

Do I need to submit letters of recommendation?

Yes, please submit two letters from professors or former employers from the last five years. These should speak to your proven abilities in statistics, mathematics, or computer science as well as your professional interests and promise as a student and researcher.

What supplementary materials are required in the application?

A one-page supplemental statement on your statistical, mathematical, or computer science background. Please describe any courses you have taken as an undergraduate or graduate student or any work experience you have in these fields. The supplemental statement is in addition to your personal statement.

Is an interview required for admission?

No, an interview is not required for admission.

Where do I send supplementary materials, such as letters of recommendation and transcripts?

All admissions materials, including letters of recommendation, transcripts, and the supplemental one-page statement, are submitted through the online application. If you have additional questions regarding the online application system, please contact Graduate Admissions at

What is the GPA requirement?

Our review of candidates for admission is holistic; we consider all components of the application when making admission decisions. Successful candidates for admission will demonstrate a strong record of academic achievement either at the undergraduate level or from previous graduate-level course work from accredited institutions. 

I do not have a statistics, mathematics, or computer science background – am I still eligible to apply to this program?

Yes. Although the program is designed for students with some statistical and data analysis skills, it is possible for candidates from other quantitative backgrounds to gain admission to the program.

How do I know if this is the right program for me?

This MS program is a good choice if you like to work with numbers and solving problems, want to sharpen your data-analysis and analytical skills, learn advanced statistical methods, and use them to solve important problems and inform policy or practice in any number of applied fields. The program is designed to help you develop and improve your ability to perform and understand complex quantitative research in the social, behavioral, and health sciences.

Are you looking for students with life experience or for those who have recently completed an undergraduate degree?

We welcome students who are recent college graduates as well as those who have worked in a related field or are interested in changing the direction of their professional career.

What is the cost of tuition for this program?

Students may complete the program on a full- or part-time basis. Current rates for tuition and fees are available on the Admissions page. These charges are assessed on a per-credit basis. You'll also find estimated expenses for housing, books and supplies, transportation, and health insurance. The Admissions site offers detailed information on applying for scholarships and other forms of financial aid.

Are scholarships available?

Yes. Information on scholarships is listed on the Steinhardt Graduate Admissions website under Financial Aid

All applicants who are interested in being considered for scholarships MUST complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by going to and submitting it electronically to NYU. Detailed instructions can be found on the Graduate Admissions Financial Aid web pages. 

The deadline for submitting the FAFSA to NYU is March 1. Please note that the earliest time you can access the form is October 1.

Do you offer scholarships for part-time students?

NYU Steinhardt is committed to assisting graduate applicants in the process of financing their education. One way we do this is by offering partial tuition scholarships (such as the Centennial Scholarship for new part-time master's students), fellowships, and assistantships that are based on merit and financial need. Fellowships and assistantships, however, are comparatively uncommon for part-time students. Other forms of aid, such as loans, college work-study, and student employment can help part-time students complete their advanced degrees. For more information, visit our Financial Aid website.

Is funding available for international students?

NYU Steinhardt encourages international applicants to investigate scholarship support offered by their home country to support their studies at NYU. Master's and advanced certificate applicants who are US citizens or permanent residents and eligible for federal financial aid may receive consideration for school-based financial aid. Non-US citizens may be eligible for non-NYU sources of funding. NYU provides a list of external Scholarship Search Services that may be helpful in researching funding.

All international students may also seek on and off-campus employment opportunities. For more information and resources for working in the US, please visit the NYU Office of Global Services website.

Can I transfer credits from other institutions and have them count toward the required number of credits for this program/waive any course requirements/get credit for past course work?

You may not transfer credits from other institutions and have them count toward the MS degree, however, certain course requirements may be waived based on the applicant's undergraduate course work, the successful completion of the placement exam(s), and at the discretion of the Applied Statistics for Social Science Research program. Waiving will decrease the number of credits needed to complete the program and will allow students greater flexibility in pursuing course work relevant to their specific interests.

What kind of housing do you provide?

On-campus housing at NYU is limited. Most graduate students live off-campus. Graduate Admissions serves as the liaison office to NYU Housing so general questions about the process may be directed to them. Learn more about on and off-campus housing.

I am planning to visit campus and would like to attend a class. When is the best time for me to do this?

Our schedule of courses is posted online each semester. If you would like to attend a class, please email us at

When can I attend an information session?

Online and in-person information sessions are hosted in the fall semester. 

I cannot attend the information session. Can I still meet with an adviser or faculty member to discuss the program?

We recommend you attend one of our online Information Sessions, where you will be able to hear about the program from faculty, advisers, and current students. To RSVP, please visit the Information Sessions website. If you can't attend, you can also be sent a link to watch a recording of the session. To receive the link of the recording or if you wish to ask specific questions, please email

You can also email our ASH Ambassadors to connect directly with a current Master's student in the department.

Can you mail an information packet on the program to my home address?

We do not send materials via mail. Detailed information about the M.S. degree can be found on this website, including course requirements and faculty biographies. After reviewing the website, if you have additional questions, please email

To receive the latest information on special events, program developments, faculty research, financial aid opportunities and deadlines request information.

How many students are enrolled in the M.S. program?

We expect to have 20–25 students in each class.

Can I work full time and still take classes?

It is possible to work full time and still take classes.

Are all courses offered each semester?

Not all courses will be offered each semester. Courses are scheduled, however, such that full-time and part-time students will be able to complete the program in a timely fashion.

Do you offer summer courses?

We do not offer required courses or electives in the summer, but some of the elective courses offered in other departments are often offered in summer. With careful planning in conjunction with their adviser, students could fulfill certain program requirements (including the internship) during the summer.

Does the program provide opportunities for internships or other types of hands-on experience?

Candidates for this degree are expected to either participate in an internship with an approved business or organization or to participate in a research project with a faculty mentor.

Do you offer job placement assistance after graduation?

NYU's Wasserman Career Center for Career Development provides assistance to all graduate students and alumni from NYU Steinhardt. In addition, a weekly newsletter with career opportunities is sent to all students, the A3SR program page will be periodically updated with relevant career-related resources, and students can consult with program advisors about career matters.