Our students receive intensive training in applied and theoretical biostatistics, statistical inference, probability theory and statistical genetics. They apply these skills to the design and analysis of epidemiological investigations, evaluation studies and other public health challenges.
Professional opportunities for graduates exist in academia and research centers, private consulting firms and agencies of the federal government.
With courses scheduled in the late afternoons and early evenings, our programs allow students to attain valuable career experience while they earn their degrees.
The M.P.H. in biostatistics is a 45-credit program offered through GW’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. M.P.H. applicants should submit their application and supporting documents through SOPHAS.
The M.S. in biostatistics is a joint program of the Milken Institute School of Public Health and the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (offered through its Department of Statistics) with the degree granted by the Columbian College. The curriculum for the 33-credit degree program includes required core courses from both schools.
The Ph.D. in Biostatistics is also a joint program of the Milken Institute School of Public Health and the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (through its Department of Statistics) with the degree granted by the Columbian College. The 72-credit degree program includes required core courses from both schools.
M.P.H. applicants: Individuals interested in applying to the M.P.H. program should submit their application and supporting documents through SOPHAS, a general online application for schools of public health. A graduated fee is charged for this application, depending on the number of accredited schools to which you apply.
Standardized test scores:
Ph.D. and M.S. - GRE general test (institutional code 5246). Waived for applicants who hold a J.D., M.D., or Ph.D.
M.P.H. - GRE general test (institutional code 5268), LSAT, MCAT, or GMAT. Waived for applicants who hold a graduate degree(i.e., J.D., M.A., M.S., J.D.).
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the PTE Academic is required of all applicants except those who hold a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a college or university in the United States or from an institution located in a country in which English is the official language, provided English was the language of instruction.
Minimum scores for the Ph.D. program is:
Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual score below 6.0; or
TOEFL: 600 on paper-based or 100 on Internet-based; or
PTE Academic: 68
Minimum scores for the M.S. program is:
Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 6.0 with no individual score below 5.0; or
TOEFL: 550 on paper-based or 80 on Internet-based; or
PTE Academic: 53
M.S. - One (1) recommendation
M.P.H. - Two (2) recommendations
Ph.D. - Two (2) recommendations
Prior academic records:
M.S. and Ph.D.: Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.
If transcripts are in a language other than English, English language translations must be provided. The English translation alone should be uploaded into your application.
M.P.H.: Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Transcripts must be forwarded to SOPHAS in their original sealed envelopes directly from the institution.
Official transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. For a list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services, please click here.
M.S.: Coursework in multivariate calculus, linear algebra, and multiple regression (Math 2233 and 2184 and Stat 2118) and proficiency in computer applications (Stat 1129 and PubH 6249). With approval of academic director, applicants who lack some of the listed requirements may be admitted to degree candidacy and fulfill deficiencies during the first year of study; such coursework does not count towards degree requirements.
Ph.D.: A master's degree in biostatistics or a closely related field, including the prerequisites listed under the M.S. program. In some cases, an exceptionally well-prepared candidate may enter the program with a bachelor's degree.
Statement of purpose:
For all programs: In an essay of approximately 1500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your chosen field. Include your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application. The Committee reviews your Statement of Purpose to determine your motivation for pursuing a career in public health and health services.
Course Summary Sheet:
|M.S. - Applicants must submit a Biostatistics Course Summary Sheet with their applications. The template may be downloaded from the Biostatistics website.|
Ph.D. - An interview is required.
International applicants only:
Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.
PLEASE NOTE that the minimum English language test scores are required for admission to either the graduate certificate or the M.P.H. in Biostatistics:
Columbian College of Arts and Sciences – Graduate Admissions Office
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Contact for questions:
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Milken Institute School of Public Health
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