Admissions

In order to be admitted to our Certificate in Biostatistics, M.S. in Biostatistics, or Ph.D. in Biostatistics, you'll want to make sure that you meet the appropriate prerequisites and assemble the required materials. These requirements and materials are described generally below, and you can click on the links for the programs to get more details on these requirements.

Prerequisites

For the Certificate in Biostatistics, you will need to have completed a bachelor's degree in the basic sciences, economics, psychology, or related discipline. Your degree curriculum should include a sophomore-level course covering statistics and at least 2 courses in the basic sciences. It's best if your GPA was 2.75 or above, but applicants with lower GPA may be given consideration.

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For the M.S. in Biostatistics, you'll need a bachelor's degree in mathematics, statistics, basic sciences, or related discipline. You will need to have prior coursework in calculus with coverage through multivariable calculus (partial differentiation and multiple integration), typically covered in a Calculus I-III sequence at most institutions. The minimum GPA for unconditional admission is 3.0, although applicants with lower GPA are considered for conditional admission. If you have prior quantitative training but lack the background in calculus, check out our Math Tools summer courses, which provide instruction in the components of calculus necessary to be successful in our program.

If you are interested in applying to the Ph.D. in Biostatistics, you must have a master's degree in statistics, mathematics, or related discipline. Your prior coursework must include coverage of mathematical probability and statistics. There are no GPA requirements for the Ph.D., but a GPA of at least 3.0 is generally recommended.

Application Materials

Applications can be completed online here. Before submitting an application, you'll want to assemble the following:

  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. If your transcripts are from an institution outside the U.S.A., you may need to get a foreign credential evaluation (FCE) from a service such as WES. if you would like to know if you'll need an FCE.
  • (M.S. and Ph.D. applicants only) Scores from the graduate record exam (GRE). Students with extensive mathematical training (like those with bachelor's degrees in mathematics or statistics) applying to the MS may be eligible for a waiver. to see if you are eligible.
  • Instruction for all of our programs is in English, so your application must include some demonstration of English proficiency. This can be a degree from an accredited institution with primary instruction in English, scores from English language tests (like TOEFL), or completion of an intensive English as a second language program.
  • (M.S. and Ph.D. applicants only) A written statement of purpose
  • At least two letters of recommendation
  • Non-refundable application fee

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