Apply for a Master of Public Health in Biostatistics

The application for the Master of  Public Health program in Biostatistics is administered by the School of Public Health. Applicants for the MPH program application are available through SOPHAS (Schools of Public Health Application Service). The application deadline is December 1st.


Those applying for the Master of Public Health Biostatistics program should complete the following:

  • a complete online application form, a non-refundable application fee
  • official transcripts for all previous undergraduate and graduate work
  • three letters of recommendation (submitted online)
  • a statement of purpose
  • a personal statement
  • International students whose first language is not English must also submit TOEFL scores.

Michigan Public Health does not require and does not review GRE or other standardized test scores for admission to any master's or doctoral programs. Applications will be reviewed holistically based on required application components. Please contact our admissions staff at if you have questions.

The priority deadline for the Biostatistics MPH application is December 1.

Applications received after December 1 will be considered if space remains available.  We encourage you to contact Fatma Nedjari at 734-615-9812 or if you are considering submitting a late application.  May 15 as the final domestic deadline.

January 15 is the deadline for international applicants. A special note to international students: because obtaining a visa for study in the U.S. from abroad can take a long time; we strongly recommend that late international applicants apply as early as possible. Please, keep in the mind that the deadline for funding is December 1.

Minimum Requirements for MPH

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Mathematics prerequisites:
    • three semesters of calculus
    • a course in matrix or linear algebra
    • an introductory course in statistics or biostatistics.
    • See topics covered
    • Students with less preparation in mathematics or statistics may be conditionally admitted.
  • Transcripts
  • Applicants whose native language is not English are required to present evidence of competency in English (TOEFL or MELAB scores) with their application or to have been granted a degree in an English speaking institution. Please refer to the Admissions page for international applicants for details on English proficiency requirements and other requirements specific to international students. The code for TOEFL is 1839.

You must provide your official final undergraduate and/or graduate academic records/transcripts, with your degree posted. Official documents must be provided from the institution awarding the degree and sent to Rackham Graduate School Admissions. It is your responsibility to request the release of any such records from the institutions involved.

Transcript submission instructions

MPH Applicants: Submit Academic Records/Transcripts to SOPHAS.
Your completed online application and supporting documents (including academic records/transcripts, test scores, and letters of recommendation) should be submitted early enough to arrive two to three weeks prior to the deadline (December 1st).

The deadline is the date by which all application materials must be received. Early submission may avoid unnecessary delays.

Note: All credentials submitted for admission consideration become the property of the University of Michigan and will not be returned in original or copy form. 

Current online grades policy  

Courses must be:

  1. taken at an accredited university and successful participation is documented by a grade on the transcript or by a written communication from the instructor; OR
  2. followed by more advanced coursework (for example, multivariable calculus is followed by real analysis) at an accredited university and successful participation in the more advanced course is documented by a grade on the transcript or by a written communication from the instructor

Courses without grades or evaluation of class performance by the instructor typically will not satisfy program admissions requirements.

The duration of this relaxation of departmental policy may be extended depending on the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Frequently Asked Questions

Biostatistics Contact Information

M.P.H. Program Coordinator: Fatma Nedjari
Telephone: 734-615-9812

Department of Biostatistics
School of Public Health
University of Michigan
1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029
Fax: 734-763-2215