Epidemiology PhD 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:

  • Masters degree or other advanced degree (under special circumstances individuals with only a bachelors degree will be considered). Provide all grade transcripts (post high-school).
  • 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.
  • Supplemental Form Identify specific topic areas and the departmental faculty members with whom you would like to study.
  • Writing sample: Copy of your master’s thesis, capstone project report, published paper or similar writing sample.

2.  International applicants must provide TOEFL scores.  

  • Minimum score of 90 on the internet-based TOEFL, 580 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 of applicants:

  • Masters degree in Epidemiology, Public Health or Biostatistics or advanced degree in related field
    A minimum GPA of 3.5 in the last academic program.
  • Above the 50th percentile on the  GRE verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing sections, or the MCAT.   
  • Previous course work: at least one year each of college-level biology and mathematics/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 credits for the PhD. These courses must match existing course options in the MSU program and be approved by the department.  
  • Students must obtain course equivalency approvals for all previous MS/MPH in epidemiology coursework to ensure courses taken as part of their previous degree are equivalent to the MSU MS in epidemiology core course requirements. Any deficiencies will require enrollment in the MSU epidemiology core MS course; these credits are in addition to required PhD credits.

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All other materials

please email or mail to: Jennifer Desloover, Graduate Secretary epigrad@epi.msu.edu

Or mail to:

Jennifer Desloover, Graduate Secretary
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Michigan State University
909 Fee Road
East Lansing, MI 48824

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