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Graduate Admission

Biostatistics Admission Criteria, Materials, and Timeline

Candidates pursuing the biostatistics degree must meet general KUMC requirements for admission to graduate studies. Admission is competitive and limited.

  • Students applying for the M.S. program must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
  • Students applying directly to the Ph.D. program must have a master's degree in statistics, biostatistics, mathematics, or applied mathematics from an accredited program or a terminal degree (M.D., Ph.D.) in another field and must get approval from the graduate program. Otherwise, applicants should apply for the M.S. program.

In addition to these degree requirements, the minimum requirements for admission to the biostatistics program include

  1. An undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (applicants with GPAs below 3.0 may be considered for admission on provisional status),
  2. A B average in calculus I through III (or equivalent),
  3. Successful completion of a course in any computer programming language,
  4. Successful completion of at least 1 of the following courses: linear algebra, differential equations, numerical analysis.
  5. A background check is required during the admission process; it may affect the student's eligibility to enter the program.

Applications for the fall semester should be received by March 1 for consideration. All biostatistics applications must be supported by

  1. Official transcripts bearing the seal from each college or university in which course work was taken,
  2. Graduate Record Examination scores,
  3. 3 letters of recommendation,
  4. A current resume or curriculum vitae,
  5. A personal statement regarding your interest in biostatistics and in biomedical research.

Applicants whose native language is not English or who graduated from a foreign institution must submit TOEFL scores less than 2 years old. The complete minimum English proficiency requirements for KUMC students can be found on the International Programs website. Applicants who earned a degree outside the United States must submit a transcript evaluation for U.S. equivalent degree and grade-point average.

Online application and procedures can be found on the department's website.

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