The Biostatistics concentration in the Department 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 Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, 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:

  • BIOSTATS 540
  • STAT 515

The deadline for spring admission is October 1st.

Undergraduate Admissions

The department 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 undergraduate major in Public Health Sciences website.