Frequently Asked Questions

This is a listing of the most frequently asked questions regarding the Graduate Programs in Applied Statistics and Research Methods at the University of Northern Colorado. The answers to these questions and the additional resources links which follow are provided to assist the potential student so that they will have as much information as possible. Please email Jay.Schaffer@unco.edu, if something is not covered here or you feel the answer given is not sufficient. For more Frequently Asked Questions regarding Graduate Programs at UNC see FAQ for Prospective Students of the University of Northern Colorado's Home Page


What degrees are available at ASRM program?

  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Master of Science
  • Summers Only Masters Program
  • Doctoral Minor

For more information see Degree Programs

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When are the application deadlines?

Applications must be complete and on file in ASRM office by March 1 for Fall admission and by October 1 for Spring admission.

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What are the criteria for admission?

MS Program:

  1. GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on the most recently completed degree.
  2. Transcripts
  3. 3 Letters of Recommendation
  4. Written statement regarding the relationship of the degree to your professional goals.

Ph.D. Program:

  1. GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on the most recently completed degree.
  2. Transcripts
  3. 3 Letters of Recommendation
  4. GRE scores at least 400 on both the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE-General Test with a combined score of at least 1000 and an analytical writing score of at least 3.5.
  5. Written statement regarding the relationship of the degree to your professional goals.

Note: A higher GRE score can compensate for a lower GPA and a higher GPA can compensate for a lower test score. For doctoral applicants who do not meet Graduate School minimum requirements, the Graduate School will consider the recommendation from ASRM program for admission.

For more information see Admissions Criteria at UNCO's Home Page.

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Is there a separate application form for financial assistance?

There is a separate application form for financial assistance. After being admitted to the program, an application for financial aid will be sent out to all students.

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If I am admitted will I automatically be offered financial assistance?

Admission does not imply an offer of financial assistance. Admission to our graduate program means that: 1) you have satisfied university admission requirements; and, 2) ASRM program has judged you to be academically capable of attaining your degree objective. While most of our applicants are academically qualified, we unfortunately are unable to offer financial assistance to all of our applicants each year.

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What kinds of financial assistance are available?

A limited number of teaching or research assistantships are available each semester. Students must be admitted to the program before assistantships and other financial support will be awarded. To be fully considered for an assistantship, send a letter of interest and resume to ASRM program describing your background and qualifications (e.g. teaching experience). Students awarded assistantships must establish domicile in the state of Colorado.

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What are the guidelines for proficiency in the English language for an international applicant?

Unless applicants have a degree from a university where English is the instructional language, they must demonstrate English proficiency by taking the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and receive a minimum score of 550 to satisfy admissions requirements.

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What are the institution codes for the GRE for students applying to UNC's ASRM program?

Please use Institution Code 4074 and ASRM program code 5199 when requesting that test scores be forwarded to UNC. GRE test scores are valid for five years.

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Is it possible to pursue a part-time program?

Each Ph.D. student must complete at least 2 terms of full time (9 or more credits ) study in residence after having been admitted to the doctoral degree program. Otherwise, the student may take classes part-time. The Ph.D. degree must be completed in 8 years.

Each master student may enroll part-time. The master program must be completed in 5 years.

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Should I apply for the MS program or the Ph.D. program?

If you do not already have an MS degree in Statistics then you should apply to our MS program. It is easy to switch to our Ph.D. program after you arrive in UNC to begin your studies if, after consultation with your faculty advisor, you decide that entering our Ph.D. program directly is advantageous to you.

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Exactly what information does ASRM program need to make admission/financial assistance decisions?

ASRM program will evaluate your credentials with the following information (listed in decreasing order of importance for making decisions):

  1. Official transcripts and records for all previous university course work.
  2. Three letters of recommendation.
  3. Photocopies of GRE and TOEFL (if applicable) scores.
  4. Completed application forms.
  5. Statement of career goal.

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How long is my admission valid?

Your admission can remain valid for up to one calendar year from the date of your formal admission. If you decide to begin your graduate studies after the date for which you applied (but within one calendar year of your date of formal admission), you should send a letter or e-mail message requesting a new admission date. Notification should be sent to ASRM program coordinator.

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Is it possible to waive any of the admission requirements?

ASRM program has the authority to petition to waive temporarily selected admission requirements, if unusual circumstances warrant such a petition. However, a student admitted by petition will continuously be blocked from registration for classes either: 1) until the admissions requirements are fulfilled; or, 2) another petition from ASRM program to temporarily waive the requirement an additional semester is approved. Only in extremely unusual circumstances will ASRM program waive admission requirements beyond the first semester of graduate study.

Note: Under no circumstances can ASRM program waive English language admissions requirements beyond the first semester of graduate study. Students not fulfilling English language admissions requirements by the end of their first semester of graduate study are required to enroll in costly English Language Institute courses at UNCO.

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What is the timetable for making admission and financial assistance decisions?

An applicant can be admitted as soon as their application is complete and ASRM program judges them to be academically qualified. If an applicant wishes to wait until financial assistance decisions are made prior to submitting their application fee and/or sending official GRE/TOEFL scores (see the third Frequently Asked Question above), then the admission decision must be delayed because formal admission requires a completed application.

Financial assistance decisions for Fall Semester applicants will begin to be made in late January and continue until all available assistantships have been committed. Typically all assistantships will be committed by the end of April. Spring Semester and Summer Session financial assistance offers (if money for assistantships exists) are made less far in advance because they depend on graduation plans of students currently holding teaching assistantships.

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What is the cost to attend the University of Northern Colorado?

For cost information see University of Northern Colorado COSTS

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Is there any online Admission Process?

For online admission process go to Applying to The University of Northern Colorado

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Who can I contact if I need assistance with my application or have additional questions?

Prospective applicants who have additional questions about ASRM programs should contact: Dr. Jay R. Schaffer Applied Statistics & Research Methods McKee 530 University of Northern Colorado Greeley, CO 80639 970-351-1676 Jay.Schaffer@unco.edu

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