The Video Essay is an opportunity for applicants to speak directly to the admissions committee for your program. It is designed to be an informal video – no special preparation is necessary. The Video Essay is required for the following students: (a) all Ph.D. applicants that: (1) must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores, and (2) have received a TOEFL speaking score below 23, or an IELTS speaking band below 6.5; and (b) all international Statistics or Biostatistics graduate applicants, in either the Ph.D. or MASDA programs. For all other applicants, the Video Essay is optional. If you received a TOEFL or IELTS score above the required minimum, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a waiver of the Video Essay requirement. If you have not yet taken the TOEFL or IELTS, you must complete the Video Essay or you will not be able to submit your application.