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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.
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.
No. All applicants must take the GRE.
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.
The Graduate School minimum GPA is 3.0.
With Graduate Director and Academic Advisor approval, 1) master's and doctoral students
can transfer up to 12 credits from courses that were NOT part of a completed master's
degree program. For doctoral students, a limited number of graduate course work from
a graduate program may be applied toward the PhD with advisory board committee and
Graduate Director approval. Contact the Graduate Director for more information.
Master’s degree: 2 years PhD degree: 4 years
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.
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.
Research experience is preferred but not required for Epidemiology master’s students.
Epidemiology and Biostatistics doctoral students are strongly encouraged to have research
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.
Yes, you can defer your admission for up to one year after acceptance.
Follow the links for information about funding in our program and to see tuition & fees for graduate students.
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.
61 Epidemiology students (41 PhD, 10 MSPH, 10 MPH). 27 Biostatistics students (19 PhD, 8 MSPH)
The Graduate School requires students to maintain a 3.0 average or risk being put
on probation. Our department has more stringent requirements for each degree program.
Please refer to the current student handbook for the degree-specific requirements.
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