MS Biostatistics Degree Application

The Master of Science (MS) program offers a broad perspective on political, psychological, and institutional issues with particular emphasis on analytic and quantitative skills. Additionally, completion of the MS programs involves a graduate research thesis

Required Application Materials

  • Official transcripts (submitted directly to SOPHAS from the institution attended)
  • GRE (institution code: 4216) or MCAT scores
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume

*The standardized test requirement may be waived for applicants who have completed a graduate degree program from an accredited US institution and received a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the program. Applicants should consult with the department to determine waiver eligibility.       

International Requirements

  • WES evaluations for international transcripts. Evaluations are not required for Canadian transcripts if the language of instruction is English.
  • Minimum TOEFL score of 100 (institution code: 5688), two semesters of full-time study at a US college or university, or completion of an undergraduate degree in a country where English is the official language and language of instruction

Application Requirements

  • Must hold a bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing
  • Grade point average of 3.00 or better
  • It is very strongly recommend** to have an undergraduate major in mathematics, statistics, computer science, the biology, physical or social sciences
  • One semester in linear algebra, multivariate calculus and computer programming
  • Minimum GRE scores 160 verbal; 148 quantitative; 4.5 writing

**Students with undergraduate majors 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 biological sciences will be required to take additional course work in this area.

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  • Official transcripts sent directly from the schools attended to SOPHAS from EVERY post-secondary academic institution attended, including college coursework completed during high school. 
  • UAlbany students must have an official UAlbany transcript sent directly to SOPHAS.
  • Applicants who use the transcript entry service provided by SOPHAS should note that the entry process adds TWO FULL WEEKS to the time it takes for an application to be verified and considered complete by the admissions committee.

Three Letters of Recommendation

  • A minimum of two letters must be from academic faculty.
  • At least one from a former university faculty member in the major field of study.

Personal Statement

  • Why do you wish to pursue a career in public health and why are you interested in your chosen area of concentration?
  • 2 page limit
  • The personal statement must have well-defined research interests and should be very specific in nature


All MS degree applications to the School of Public Health must be submitted through SOPHAS.

The following criteria must be met, otherwise SOPHAS will not verify your application:

  • Personal statement has been submitted.
  • All coursework has been recorded on the application.
  • All supplemental questions have been answered
  • All official transcripts have been received
  • Two out of three recommendations have been received

SOPHAS will not hold your application for the following items. However, these items are required by the School of Public Health for your application to be considered complete.

  • Standardized test scores
  • International transcript evaluations (WES)

*Please not that once SOPHAS has received all of your application materials, it may take up to 4 full weeks for your transcripts to be verified by SOPHAS. Be sure to request all transcripts, references, and standardized test scores in advance so that your application can be completed and verified by the specified application deadline.