A bachelor’s degree is required for admission. It is required that applicants have the necessary mathematical, computational, and statistics background (e.g., calculus and linear algebra, programming, and introduction to statistics). Applicants for this program must show a potential for further study by having maintained a GPA of at least a 3.0 average in their bachelor’s-level coursework. An acceptable score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test (verbal and quantitative) is required from within the past five years. Verbal and quantitative GRE scores at 50% or above are preferred in each area. Other professional school standardized test scores (MCAT, DAT, GMAT, or LSAT) may be substituted for the GRE by applicants who are working toward or who have already earned post-baccalaureate degrees for example, in medicine, dentistry, business, or law.
All applicants who will be attending the University on a visa and who are not native speakers of English must supply a minimum score of 79 on the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL/iBT), 220 on the computer-based test, or 550 on the paper-based test (TOEFL/PBT). International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is also acceptable in lieu of the TOEFL with a minimum acceptable score of 6.0.
Letters of recommendation from three individuals (at least one letter from a former professor or instructor) familiar with the applicant’s academic background or experience in public health related issues, specifying in detail the applicant’s capabilities for graduate study and for future performance as a public health professional, are required. Applicants must also submit a personal statement of approximately 750 to 1000 words indicating his/her present interests and career goals, including how the MS in Biostatistics will prepare the candidate to achieve these goals.
Materials submitted will be reviewed by the faculty admissions committee. Admissions decisions are made based on the overall quality of the applicant’s scholarship and academic ability (based on GPAs, GRE scores, undergraduate coursework completed, and recommendations).
All students enrolled in the MS Biostatistics program are expected to attain high academic achievement in all courses taken. The following criteria will be used to determine retention status of students:
Students having been admitted unconditionally who maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher will be considered in good standing if not more than 2 (two) grades of 2.00C+ or lower has been earned.
Students must maintain a GPA of 3.00. In accordance with the Graduate School guidelines, any student not meeting this requirement will be placed on probation. The Coordinator of the MS Biostatistics will review each student’s academic record to determine whether to request permission from the Graduate School to allow a student who has not maintained a 3.00 GPA to continue to enroll in classes while on probation. The Coordinator of the MS in Biostatistics must approve courses for a student on probation. Probationary status continues even if the student has a grade under appeal. If a student remains on probation for two consecutive semesters or remains on probation after taking three courses (9 semester hours) without raising the overall GPA to 3.00, the student will be suspended from the program. Appeals of suspension must be submitted in writing to the Coordinator of the MS in Biostatistics.
A student who has been suspended from the MS in Biostatistics program will be denied enrollment in PUBH courses subsequent after suspension.
To qualify for graduation, students need to meet the following requirements: Complete a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate course work beyond the bachelor’s degree including a 3 hour thesis credits (students have an option to replace these 3 credits by a written comprehensive exam plus a Master project with a report focusing on data analyses for a research project).