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I'm going to apply for the statistics graduate school at UCSB. So is it okay to say I am the "Applicant for UCSB Statistics Master"? Or any suggestions about other forms, like "UCSB Masters Applicant" or "UCSB Master's Applicant"? (I can't distinguish which version is correct here!)

I have to be very cautious because it's the header of my personal statement like this picture is showing:

image with text “Applicant for UCSB Statistics Master<TAB>MY FULL NAME<NEWLINE><NEWLINE><TAB>Personal Statement”


Well, thanks for all the comments. By your guidance I see the standard form should be "Applicant for Masters Degree in Statistics at UCSB", but it is a little bit prolix using at the header. What if I omit the information about Statistics? Namely, is "Applicant for Masters at UCSB" or "UCSB Masters Application" okay?

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  • "Masters" to mean "Master of Science" (or of some other discipline) is informal. I do not recommend using it here. The formal way is to name the degree, e.g. "Master of Science". Commented Dec 25, 2019 at 20:38
  • @Mike Graham So Applicant for Master of Statistics Degree Course at UCSB? Commented Dec 25, 2019 at 20:48
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    @EdwinAshworth I don't know what degrees UCSB offers in statistics and did not research it. They probably offer a Master of Science and may offer other degrees, such as Master of Arts. It would be quite unconventional for them to offer a Master of Statistics. Commented Dec 25, 2019 at 20:57
  • As for the best phrasing of the heading, it might depend on what it's supposed to accomplish. The recipients probably know they work for UCSB statistics department/sub-department. "Master of Science Application" might be a good choice. I don't know what the real goal is, though. Commented Dec 25, 2019 at 20:59
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    Their own web page says "Our department offers a Masters Degree in Statistics", so you have a form to follow.
    – user370390
    Commented Dec 25, 2019 at 23:11

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