Admissions

The Biostatistics concentration in the Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology offers advanced graduate degree programs to provide the theoretical and applied statistical methods necessary to design laboratory, medical, and public health studies; to undertake quantitative evaluation and measurement; and to use statistical inferences to arrive at appropriate conclusions from medical and public health data.

Admission Information

The UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences utilizes the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) for receiving applications to our M.S. and on-campus M.P.H. degree programs. Please visit the SOPHAS website for a complete list of application procedures and instructions.

To apply to our Ph.D. program, please visit the Graduate School Admissions website.

For additional information regarding admissions to the Biostatistics concentration in the Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, visit our FAQ page or contact Diane Wolf by email at dwolf@schoolph.umass.edu or by phone at (413) 545-2861.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE); foreign applicants must also take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum TOEFL score is 600 or better for the paper-based exam or a score of 100 or better for the internet-based exam. The Graduate School also requires a minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 grading scale. Admission is based on the applicant’s grades in undergraduate and graduate courses; test scores; two letters of recommendation; and the applicant’s personal statement. No specific undergraduate courses are required for admission. For further information, please visit the Graduate School Bulletin website.

Application Deadlines

Applications must be received by February 1 for fall admissions.

Spring admissions may be accepted on a case by case basis. Spring admission to the M.P.H. or M.S. degree programs will be considered only if the following course requirements (or equivalent graduate-level courses) have been fulfilled:

  • PUBHLTH 540
  • PUBHLTH 691F
  • STATISTC 515

The deadline for spring admission is October 1st.

Undergraduate Admissions

The Division does not offer an undergraduate degree at this time. For more information on the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Public Health Sciences major, please visit the Department of Public Health website.