**IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the coronavirus crisis, the program has waived the GRE requirement for admission in Fall 2021.**
Admissions is a process shared by the University of Massachusetts Graduate School and the Epidemiology Program. To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must meet the requirements of the Graduate School.
The Epidemiology Program evaluates applicants on many factors:
Grades in undergraduate and graduate coursework. No specific undergraduate courses are required for admission, but successful applicants typically have completed coursework that demonstrates their quantitative ability. Successful students typically have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in their baccalaureate degree.
Letters of recommendation (minimum of two)
Test scores - please see below.
Each of these components of the application helps us to identify students who have the potential to succeed in our graduate degree programs.
GRE (Graduate Record Exam)
The Epidemiology Program considers the GRE scores of applicants as one piece of information, among many, that help us identify students who have the potential to succeed in our graduate degree programs.
Students meeting the following criteria are eligible for a waiver of the GRE requirement:
Bachelors or Masters degree in Public Health from a CEPH-accredited program; or
Previous terminal/doctoral degree from a U.S. accredited institution or Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certification.
In addition, students may submit scores from alternate tests (e.g., MCAT, DAT) instead of submitting GRE scores.
Students who are eligible for waivers may choose to submit their GRE scores as part of their application. This might be especially relevant for students who feel that their undergraduate major or grades don’t accurately reflect their potential as an epidemiology student.
English Language Proficiency Requirement
International applicants whose native language is not English may need to submit scores from a standardized English Language Proficiency Test. Please see the Graduate School website for more information about this requirement. Students admitted to the Epidemiology Program typically have a TOEFL score of 100 or greater.