Q: How many courses should I take in my first semester?
A: Graduate students must be enrolled in at least 8 credits to be considered a full-time student, so that usually means two or three 3- or 4-credit courses. It's recommended not to overwhelm yourself by taking too many courses, especially in your first semester of the program.
Q: How do I register?
A: The LSA Newnan Academic Advising Center has published these helpful videos on how to register using Wolverine Access:
To get on a waitlist, you must click the "Waitlist if class is full" checkbox prior to registering for the course. If you have done this correctly, the course will show in your registration for the term with a yellow triangle (not in the backpack).
Once you receive a permission, be sure to use it within the deadline, or it will be forfeited and you will need to get back on the waitlist.
Incoming International Students
Q: I am a new international student. What is my best option for starting in the fall?
A: The International Center has the current policies and guidelines related to international student status.
Q: I am an admitted student, but currently not located in the US. What happens if I can’t secure my visa and/or I am not able to enter the US in time?
A: At this time, incoming students can only take courses in-person on the Ann Arbor campus. If this changes, we will notify students and post any updates here.
Q: How late can I arrive this Fall Semester and still be eligible for CPT in summer 2023?
A: Students must be in the US for the entire Fall 2023 and Winter 2024 terms to be eligible for CPT in Summer 2024.
Financial Aid and Student Employment
Q: What types of financial aid or funding does the Department of Statistics offer to master’s students?
A: We offer a small number of guaranteed Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) positions to Master’s students at the time of admission (about 2 per year). These positions provide a stipend, a tuition waiver, and health insurance. A few additional GSI positions may become available to Master’s students in late August, and additional offers of aid on a term-by-term basis may be made.
Q: How and when may I apply for campus employment?
A: Students may visit umjobs.org and studentemployment.umich.edu and search for jobs. They can begin employment once they are a student; new students must wait until Fall term begins to begin employment.
Q: How can I find an internship/job?
A: Campus-specific employment information can be found in the question above. In addition, there are a variety of career resources on campus and offered in the department for students. We do not guarantee internship/employment, but provide many opportunities for engaging with potential employers.
Q: How many credits should I take each semester if I am full-time?
A: Graduate students must be enrolled in at least 8 credits to be considered a full-time student unless the student has a GSI or GSRA appointment and then 6 credits is considered full time.
Q: How do I register for classes?
A: Students register for courses via Wolverine Access. More information can be found here.
Q: Can I register for my courses if I am outside the US?
Q: Am I guaranteed my first choice section for the core classes?
A: Students are accommodated to the best of our ability for required courses. Seats are reserved for an anticipated amount of incoming students that may register. Please contact your program coordinator if a required course is closed to you.
Q: May I register for multiple sections of the same class?
A: Generally, no. The exception to this is topics courses and independent studies. Please check with your advisor before planning to do this.
Q: May I register for classes in another department?
A: Yes, you may register for classes outside of the Statistics department. You will need preapproval from your advisor
Q: How do I know if an elective is approved or not?
A: Please consult the pre-approved lists on our program pages. If you would like a course considered that is not listed, contact your faculty advisor.
Q: Can I take more than 9 credits (full-time status) in any given term?
A: Yes. Please see here for more information. Look under overtime dropdown.
Q: What programming language is used for the MA Program?
A: The master’s programs use R, Python, and C++
Q: What are the overall requirements to graduate?
A: Please refer to our program of study/curriculum pages.