The Epidemiology concentration in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology offers advanced graduate degree programs to foster the prevention or early detection of disease by describing the distribution of various diseases in human populations, identifying the determinants of diseases through research, and aiding in the development and evaluation of health programs.

General Admission Information

Applicants for admission to the Epidemiology graduate program must meet the general admissions requirements of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Graduate School and the department's basic admission requirements. The Graduate School application and more information about general admissions requirements are accessible online at the Graduate School website.

For additional information regarding admissions to the Epidemiology concentration in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, please visit our FAQ page or contact Diane Wolf by email at 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. Students should meet the following minimum criteria when applying for admission to the program:

  • Have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution in the United States, or a foreign equivalent.
  • Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in their baccalaureate degree.

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 630

The deadline for spring admission is October 1st.

Undergraduate Admissions

The Department does not offer an undergraduate degree at this time. Undergraduate students interested in studying epidemiology are encouraged to consider the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Public Health Sciences degree program.