Three semesters of calculus (including multivariable calculus), one semester of linear algebra, and one semester of statistics. Mastery of the content of these classes is essential for success in our program. If you took multivariable calculus or linear algebra >2 years ago, we suggest you re-familiarize yourself with the material before starting our program.
Students admitted to the doctoral program usually have a relevant master's degree, typically a Masters degree in biostatistics or statistics. Particularly strong candidates may be admitted directly to the PhD with a bachelor’s degree.
Yes, if you complete a degree from a US institution or an institution at which the
official language of instruction is English, the TOEFL requirement may be waived.
If you are applying to the MS or PhD, please see this Rackham test information page for English test rules.
If you are applying to the MPH, please see SPH International Student Application Information page.
Yes, IELTS is allowed for MS and PhD applications. For MS and PhD applications, although the Admissions Committee prefers TOEFL scores, IELTS will be allowed in instances where TOEFL is unavailable.
If you are applying to the MS or PhD, please see this Rackham test information page for English test rules specific to those programs.
The TOEFL is required for MPH applications. For rules specific to the MPH, please see the MPH International application page for more information.
Applicants do not need to apply for funding within the department. The Biostatistics admissions committee considers all applicants for funding. Applicants are notified of funding decisions with their admission letters.
All students admitted to the PhD program are fully funded. This includes tuition, stipend, and Gradcare health insurance.
There are multiple ways for MS students to get involved with research. Students may join STATCOM to work on statistical projects from non-profit governmental and community organizations with faculty serving an advisory role. Students may register for Biostat 610: Readings in Biostatistics, where faculty and students can decide on an individualized research plan for credit. Experiential learning opportunities are available via MIDAS. While GSRA positions are limited, many students find hourly positions within and outside of Biostatistics to work on short-term projects or may find a research position during the summer. Biostatistics faculty may send emails with available positions or positions may be searched for on SPH career links.