Biostatistics Phd Admission Essay

Biostatistics PhD Program

We welcome and review applications throughout the year; however, applications should be received by March 15 to be guaranteed consideration for Fall Semester admission (later applications are considered as space permits).

Earlier applications are recommended if applicants want to apply for financial support from MSU. The application deadline for University scholarships is typically before the end of December.

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1. Basic admission requirements for all candidates:

  • MS in Biostatistics, Statistics or equivalent. Applicants without MS from quantitative (e.g., mathematics) or students from biological fields may also qualify, but they will need to complete before choosing an emphasis MS-level training in probability, mathematical statistics and inference (e.g., STT 861, STT 862, STT 863 and STT 864 or equivalents). Additionally, the applicants to the Ph.D. program should have taken courses in multivariate calculus, and advanced undergraduate courses in linear algebra and probability. Experience with numerical computing is also recommended. Applications from students in applied fields such as biology, biochemistry, economics and computer science are strongly encouraged, with the understanding that necessary mathematical coursework may have to be completed before enrollment in the program.

Application. Applicants must submit:

  • Official transcript showing completion of MS in Statistics, Biostatistics or equivalent degree.

  • GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores, or MCAT scores.

  • Provide evidence of competency in English (TOEFL scores) if their native language is other than English.

  • Three letters of recommendation.

  • A statement of purpose.

  • Research Interest Form

Applicants with strong academic records who are in the process of completing a master of science degree may be admitted on a provisional basis. However, final receipt of completion of MS degree is required. The first 40 credits applied towards the completion of a master of science may not be counted toward the Ph.D. in Biostatistics.

2. International applicants must provide TOEFL scores.

  • Minimum score of 90 on the internet-based TOEFL, 580 on the paper-based TOEFL, or passing grade on the MSU English Language Test (MSUELT).

  • Scores must be no older than 2 years. International students with full native fluency in English are exempt (as per MSU Graduate School requirements).

  • MSU requires a Statement of Financial Proof for international applicants to be considered for admission; this document also includes a useful checklist of other items needed.

3. Applicants with prior graduate degrees or other advanced graduate-level coursework:

  • A maximum of 9 semester credit hours from graduate courses can be transferred toward credits for the PhD. These courses must match existing course options in the MSU program and be approved by the department.

Online graduate school application

All other materials

Or mail to:

Nancy Bieber, Graduate Secretary
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
909 Fee Road, Room B601
East Lansing, MI 48824
USA

Application Process

Ideal applicants hold a Bachelor’s degree, have taken three semesters of college calculus (through multivariable calculus), one semester of linear algebra, and a class in introductory statistics. Students must submit a CV, statement of purpose detailing their interest in biostatistics, transcripts, GRE scores, and three letters of recommendation. Students are encouraged to highlight their strong quantitative and analytical potential, and strong communication skills (verbal and written).

The following documents are required for your application to be complete:

CVCurrent Curriculum Vitae
Statement of PurposeIn essay format, tell us why you want to study Biostatistics. Essay should be 1-2 pages; font must be at least 11 point.
Test ScoresGraduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required for all applicants and must be from within the past five years. TOEFL scores are required for all international students who do not have a degree from a US institution of higher learning. Official scores are required; however, unofficial copies are sufficient until the official scores arrive. Your scores should be sent to institution code 1871.
Letters of RecommendationRecommendation letters (minimum of 3 and maximum of 5), including at least one letter from a mentor who can comment on your research capabilities, are required. The names of your recommenders must be submitted during the applications process. We do not accept letters directly from applicants.
TranscriptsTranscripts should be uploaded during the application process. Two copies of your official transcripts are required; however, unofficial copies are sufficient until an offer of admission is received.
ApplicationComplete Application at:   https://apply.vanderbilt.edu/apply/
Application DeadlineDepartment of Biostatistics application deadline: January 15, 2018. All applications received by the deadline will be reviewed. Any application received after the deadline will be considered on a rolling basis dependent upon space and funding availability.
Application FeeThe Graduate School application fee is $95.00. After you submit your application online, you will see instructions to pay the fee with a credit or debit card via a secure payment portal.
Application Fee Waivers1.) Fee waivers can be obtained for any student who has performed biological or biomedically-oriented research which has been supported by the NIH, the NSF, or any other agency/private foundation within the United States.

2.) Additional waivers of the application fee will be considered upon request for US citizens and permanent residents if they have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 in their last program of enrollment AND meet at least on of the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated financial need (Pell Grant eligible)
  • Participated in a designated Vanderbilt-sponsored program/activity prior to January deadline1
  • Participated in a designated fellowship, research, or training program1

1Please visit the graduate school application fee website for a list of qualifying programs                                             https://gradschool.vanderbilt.edu/admissions/application/index.php

For questions about the application process or the program itself, please email either the Graduate Program Manager, Amanda Harding, or the Program Director, Jeffrey D. Blume, at: biostatgrad@vanderbilt.edu.

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