Apply for a Masters of Science in Biostatistics

Apply for Masters of Science in Biostatistics

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

Masters of Science Application

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

  • 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 and a personal statement
  • International students whose first language is not English must also submit TOEFL scores.

GRE scores are not required for applications to any of our Michigan Biostatistics graduate programs for fall 2021 admissions owing to the difficulty in taking the exam during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will ignore these test scores even if they are submitted. This decision will be revisited for subsequent academic years once testing is again more generally available.

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 Masters 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.

MS Application Fee Waiver

Based on the following criteria, if you believe you qualify for an application fee waiver, contact In a brief e-mail, provide proof and explain your qualifications for a fee waiver. Fee waivers are limited and are reviewed on a rolling basis.

To qualify for an application fee waiver, the applicant must be a US citizen or permanent resident AND must meet one or more of the following:

  • Come from an educational, cultural or geographic background that is underrepresented in a graduate study in the discipline in the United States or at the University of Michigan
  • Have demonstrated a commitment to diversity in the academic, professional, or civic realm through work experience, volunteer engagement, or leadership of student or community organizations. By diversity, we mean efforts to reduce social, educational or economic disparities based on race, ethnicity or gender, or to improve race relations in the U.S.
  • Have experience financial hardship as a result of family economic circumstances
  •  Be a first generation U.S. citizen or first generation in the family to graduate from a four-year college
  • Member of one of the following organizations:
    • Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP)
    • Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC)
    • Post-Baccalaureate Research and Education Program (PREP)
    • Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Institute (PPIA)
    • Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE)
    • Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair)
    • Drew Scholars Program
    • Bonner Scholars
    • UM Blavin Scholars
  • Please keep in mind race, ethnicity, gender, or national origin may not be used a criteria for requesting an application fee waiver.  One fee waiver is allowed per applicant. Additional applications submitted by the applicant will require payment of the application fee.  If you pay the application fee and are approved to receive a fee waiver at a later date, the fee cannot be refunded.

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