Biostatistics Masters Program

We welcome and review applications throughout the year, however, applications should be received by March 15 to be guaranteed consideration for Fall Semester admission (later applications are considered as space permits).

Earlier applications are recommended if applicants want to apply for financial support from MSU. The application deadline for University scholarships is typically before the end of December.

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1. Basic admission requirements for all candidates:

  • Undergraduate degree (BA, BS): Provide grade transcript(s).
  • GRE scores. Test results should not be older than 5 years. This requirement may be waived for individuals possessing an earned doctoral or advanced degree, such as DDS, DVM, DO, MD or PhD from a university in the U.S. or Canada.
  • Three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from an academic advisor from a previous program. The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics does not require any special forms or instructions for letters of recommendation.
  • Statement of purpose

2. International applicants must provide TOEFL scores.

  • Minimum score of 80 on the internet-based TOEFL, 550 on the paper-based TOEFL or 237 on the computer-based TOEFL, or passing grade on the MSU English Language Test (MSUELT).
  • Scores must be no older than 2 years. International students with full native fluency in English are exempt (as per MSU Graduate School requirements)
  • MSU requires a Statement of Financial Proof for international applicants to be considered for admission; this document also includes a useful checklist of other items needed.

3. Preferred background for admission:

  • A minimum GPA of 3.2 in a quantitatively oriented program.
  • Above the 50th percentile on the GRE verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing sections, or on the MCAT.
  • Previous course work: at least two semesters of college-level calculus, a course in matrix or linear algebra and an introductory course in statistics.
  • Prior experience in a health field is recommended.

4.  Applicants with prior graduate degrees or other advanced graduate-level coursework:

  • A maximum of 9 semester credit hours from graduate courses can be transferred toward the 40 credit MS. These courses must match existing course options in the MSU program and be approved by the department.

Online graduate school application

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Or mail to:

Jennifer Desloover, Graduate Secretary
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
909 Fee Road, Room B601
East Lansing, MI 48824

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