Epidemiology and Biostatistics Admissions Requirements

Masters of Science/Doctorate (MS, PhD)
Masters of Public Health (MPH)
Doctorate of Public Health (DrPH)

Master's of Science/Doctorate


Applicants to the MS/PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics programs are expected to meet the following criteria for admission. These criteria are used as a guideline and may be modified in certain instances by the members of the Admission Committee. Application deadline for the fall semester is FEBRUARY 1st.  At this time we do not admit for Spring semester start dates.
Basic Admission Criteria:

 Must hold a bachelors degree from a college or university of recognized standing.
- Satisfactory records of achievement and scholarship.
- Concentration (major) in the biological, physical, or social sciences, computer science, mathematics or statistics*.

*Students with concentrations in areas other than those listed may be admitted on the basis of relevant work experience and course work as a non-major in the recommended disciplines. At least one semester of college-level mathematics and biology is strongly advised. Students lacking preparation in the biological sciences will be required to take additional course work in this area.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE):

All applicants must submit GRE scores to be considered for admission. Scores on the Medical College Admissions for Testing (MCAT) may be substituted for the GRE.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a score on the TOEFL prior to being considered for admission. The minimal acceptable score is 600 on the paper-based test or 250 on the computer-based test.

Letters of Recommendation:

All applicants must submit three (3) letters of recommendation prior to being considered for admission. At least one letter must be from a former university teacher.**

**For candidates whose academic record predates the application by 5 years or more, letters of recommendation may be submitted by supervisors.

Statement:

All applicants must submit a statement explaining why they wish to pursue a career in public health. There is no limit to the length of the narrative statement. These statements are judged for grammar and spelling as well as for content. The Admission Committee evaluates not only the academic preparation of candidates, but also the degree to which the candidate's goals are appropriate for the program.

Personal Interview:

When feasible, a personal interview will be conducted.

Part Time Study

 Part time study is welcomed in the Master of Science program in Epidemiology. It is recommended that students carry at least three credits per semester and are continuously registered. In accordance with University policy, all M.S. degree requirements must be completed within six years. top of page

Masters of Public Health


Applicants to the Masters of Public Health are expected to meet the following criteria for admission. These criteria are used as a guideline and may be modified in certain instances by the members of the Admission Committee.
Basic Admission Criteria

Must hold a bachelors degree from a college or university of recognized standing
- Grade point average of 3.00 or better
- One year of biology (either basic biology or physiology or microbiology)
- A college level course in mathematics (algebra) or statistics
- A semester of social sciences

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

All applicants must submit GRE scores to be considered for admission. Scores on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) may be substituted for the GRE.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a score on the TOEFL prior to be considered for admission. The minimum acceptable score is 600 on the paper-based test, 250 on the computer-based test, or 100 on the internet-based test.

Letters of Recommendation

All applicants must submit three (3) letters of recommendation prior to being considered for admission. At least one letter must be from a former university teacher.

Statement

All applicants must submit a statement explaining why they wish to pursue a career in public health. There is no limit to the length of the narrative statement. These statements are judged for grammar and spelling as well as for content. The admission committee evaluates not only the academic preparation of candidates, but the degree to which the candidate's goals are appropriate for the program.

Doctor of Public HealthTop of page link

Students are admitted on a competitive basis. Only those with an MPH from an accredited school or program or another graduate degree with substantial public health content will be considered. Some experience working in the field of public health is strongly preferred. The admissions committee will evaluate each application based on the applicant's demonstrated ability to excel at graduate work and evidence, contained in the application, that the applicant has clearly defined career goals that can be advanced by completing the DrPH program. Applicants should have met the undergraduate course requirements of the University at Albany's MPH program. GRE or MCAT scores are not required. However, if the applicant has taken the GRE or MCAT, a copy of the test results should be included in the application, along with letters of recommendation and transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work, as required in the University at Albany's graduate application. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language, in accordance with University requirements.

A narrative statement of the applicant's career and educational goals and the objectives of his/her planned graduate study should accompany the application. This statement should include present or previous professional experience, the desired area of concentration and the area of interest for the dissertation. The narrative statement will be an important factor in reviewing the applicant's interests as related to the capacities of the School of Public Health.

If the submitted credentials are judged acceptable, the student may be invited to visit the School of Public Health to discuss his/her public health career goals with appropriate faculty members to ascertain whether the objectives for graduate study are compatible with the resources of the School. Those individuals who are unable to visit the campus are encouraged to discuss their objectives by phone with the program director and other faculty.

Applicants whose graduate academic experience is limited or whose career goals are not sufficiently well defined may be advised to enter the MPH program to gain more knowledge and experience in public health before reapplying to the DrPH program.