Apply for a Master of Science in Biostatistics

The application for the Master of Science program in Biostatistics is administered by the  Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. The application deadline is December 1st.


Those applying for the Master of Science program should complete the following:

  • online application form
  • a non-refundable application fee
    • all domestic applicants will receive an automatic fee waiver  
  • three letters of recommendation (submitted online)
  • a statement of purpose and a personal statement
  • A scanned/electronic copy of the official transcript will be used for initial review by our admissions committee. You will be required to have your official transcript sent to the Rackham Graduate School only if you are recommended for admission.
  • International students whose first language is not English must also submit TOEFL scores.

Standardized test scores are not required for applicants applying to any master- or doctoral-level programs for the fall 2022 academic year.

The deadline for applications to the Biostatistics MS program is December 1st.

Applications received after December 1 will be considered if space and funding remain available.  If you are considering submitting a late application we encourage you to contact the Biostatistics Master's Program Coordinator, Fatma Nedjari at 734-615-9812 or

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 and preferably no later than March 15. Please, keep in the mind that the deadline for funding is December 1.

Minimum Requirements for Master of Science:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Mathematics prerequisites (Students with less preparation in mathematics or statistics may be conditionally admitted.):
    • three semesters of calculus
    • a course in matrix or linear algebra
    • an introductory course in statistics or biostatistics. 
  • Transcripts
  • Submit Academic Records/Transcripts to Rackham Graduate School Admissions
  • 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.

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).  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

Contact Information

M.S. 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