Admission Requirements – Doctor of Philosophy in Biostatistics

Overview

The Doctor of Philosophy in Biostatistics program requires a solid background in the methodological aspects of statistics, and in statistical thinking as applied to medicine, as well as, a solid grounding in epidemiological methods and in certain medical disciplines. This program encourages applicants who have undergraduate degrees in allied health, public health, biological sciences, or other related fields to apply.

Application Deadlines

Fall

December 1st

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Admission Requirements

Applicants to the program should satisfy all requirements for admission to the Graduate School. Applicants not meeting Graduate School requirements for regular standing may, with approval of the Graduate School, be conditionally admitted to select programs.

The GRE is not required.

A Bachelor's degree and minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

Official transcripts must be received from each accredited college or university attended.

A minimum of three (3) letters of recommendation

ALL letters must be less than a year old and on department letterhead. At least one letter must be academic. Letters from peer colleagues or friends will not be accepted.

Statement of Purpose

The statement of purpose should be approximately 2-3 pages.

Curriculum vitae (C.V.) or resume
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Required Undergraduate Preparation

In addition to meeting the Graduate School requirements, applicants to the PhD in Biostatistics program should have completed undergraduate coursework in:

  • fundamental mathematical concepts (calculus, linear algebra)
  • applied statistics
  • basic computer programming

We encourage applicants with strong quantitative skills who have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree in mathematics, statistics, biostatistics, computer science, or a related field.

How to Apply

Apply to the program via SOPHAS

Prepare to apply by gathering all materials and information to complete your online application. These materials include personal statement, resume/CV, recommender’s information, personal, financial and education information.

Create a SOPHAS account and complete all parts of the online application.

Pay application fee.

Send official transcripts to SOPHAS.

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