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Arnold School of Public Health


Frequently Asked Questions

When are applications due?

Information related to application deadlines can be found at our deadlines and degrees page.

How do I send my transcript?

All transcripts should be mailed to SOPHAS. Information on how to send transcripts to SOPHAS can be found at this  SOPHAS applicant help center page.

How do I send my GRE scores?

All GRE scores must be sent to SOPHAS. Our ETS code is 0780. More information can be found at the SOPHAS official GRE scores page.

Can I take a test other than the GRE?

No. All applicants must take the GRE.

Can the GRE requirement be waived?

GRE scores may be waived on a case-by-case basis. If you would like to know if you GRE requirement can be waived, please contact your program's graduate director: Dr. Linda Hazlett for Epidemiology and Dr. Robert Moran for Biostatistics.

Is there a minimum GPA?

The Graduate School minimum GPA is 3.0.

Can I transfer credits from another institution?

With Graduate Director and Academic Advisor approval, 1) students can transfer up to 12 credits from courses that were NOT part of a completed master’s degree program and 2) students can satisfy up to 12 hours of course requirements using previous graduate coursework which was part of a completed master’s degree.

How long does the program take?

Master’s degree: 2 years
PhD degree: 4 years

Are there any special application requirements for international students?
 All International students must have their transcripts verified by World Educational Services (WES) and must demonstrate their English language proficiency using TOEFL, IELTS, or another accepted test. Those who have an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution that uses English as their primary language of instruction may ask to have this requirement waived.
Do I need to find my academic advisor before applying for admission?
 Epidemiology PhD students are required to find an academic advisor before they can be accepted into the program. Epidemiology master’s students and all Biostatistics students will be assigned an advisor upon matriculation but can choose to change their advisor at any time. Some students keep the same academic advisor for the duration of the program, while others change to their thesis or dissertation advisor.
How important is work experience?
Research experience is preferred but not required for Epidemiology master’s students. Epidemiology and Biostatistics doctoral students are strongly encouraged to have research experience.
How will I be notified of acceptance?
You will receive a letter from the department indicating our recommendation to the Graduate School regarding admission. A letter from the Graduate School will follow in a few weeks, which will provide you official word of your acceptance.
Can I defer my admission?
 Yes, you can defer your admission for up to one year after acceptance.
What is the cost of attendance?
Follow the links for information about funding in our program and to see tuition & fees for graduate students.
Is health insurance offered to students in this program?
Yes. View our student health insurance plan page for more information.
Can I participate in this program as a part-time student?
 Yes. Master’s and doctoral students can attend classes on a part-time basis; however, it’s important to know that most classes are offered Monday through Thursday during the day. We have very few evening classes and no classes on the weekend. Doctoral students must fulfill the Graduate School’s residency requirement which is 6-9 credit hours in two consecutive semesters.
How large is this program?
54 Epidemiology students (37 PhD, 15 MSPH, 7 MPH).
22 Biostatistics students (16 PhD, 6 MSPH)
Are students required to maintain a certain GPA to remain in the program?
 The Graduate School requires students to maintain a 3.0 average or risk being put on probation. Additionally, we require master’s students to get B or better in three of their four core courses, and doctoral students to get fewer than 3 C’s in order to stay in the program.