Apply for a PhD in Biostatistics

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

Those applying for the Doctor of Philosophy 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
  • 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 application deadline for the Ph.D. program is December 1st.

Applications received after December 1st will be considered if space and funding remain available. We encourage you to contact the department at 734-615-9817 or if you are considering submitting a late application.

A special note to international students: because obtaining a visa for study in the USA from abroad can take a long time, we strongly recommend that 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 1st.

Minimum Requirements

  • Applicants for the doctoral program would usually have a relevant master's degree (i.e. a graduate degree comparable to our MS in biostatistics), although strong candidates with a bachelor’s degree will be considered for Ph.D. admissions.
  • Mathematics prerequisites for the MS:
    • three semesters of calculus
    • a course in matrix or linear algebra
    • an introductory course in statistics or biostatistics
    • students with less preparation in mathematics or statistics may be conditionally admitted.
  • 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 the TOEFL is 1839
  • Transcripts
    • Submit Academic Records/Transcripts to Rackham Graduate School Admissions
    • 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.

Transcripts can be accepted electronically or by mail. 

Email transcript: Submit the official transcript to Rackham Graduate School via a secure electronic transcription system from my institution to  

Mail transcript:
Rackham Graduate School Admissions
Attn: Transcripts
915 E. Washington Street
Ann Arbor MI 48109-1070

Your completed online application and supporting documents (including academic records/transcripts and letters of recommendation) should be submitted early enough to arrive two to three weeks prior to the deadline (December 1). The deadline is the date by which all application materials must be received by both the graduate program and Rackham. 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

Ph.D. Program Coordinator: Nicole Fenech
Telephone: 734-615-9817

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