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Biostatistics

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Milken Institute School of Public Health

Master of Public Health (M.P.H.), Master of Science (M.S.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

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.

Masters 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.

Doctoral Degree

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.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines*:

Fall:

  • January 5 (Ph.D.)
  • April 1 (M.S., January 5 for applicants applying for assistantships/fellowships)
  • April 15 (M.P.H.) (Applications must be complete by January 15 for priority scholarship consideration.)
  • January 15 (all international M.P.H. applicants)

Spring:

  • October 1 (M.P.H. and M.S.)

Summer:

  • April 1 (M.P.H.)

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., o 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.).

Recommendations required:

M.S. - One (1) recommendation
M.P.H. - Two (2) recommendations 
Ph.D. - Three (3) 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.

Statement of purpose:

M.S. and Ph.D.: In an essay of 250 – 500 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 on the application. If you are applying for an assistantship or fellowship, you should also describe any teaching experience you have had.

M.P.H.: 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.

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:

  • Academic IETLS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0.
  • TOEFL: 600 on paper-based, or 100 on Internet-based

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:

M.S. and Ph.D. applicants:
Columbian College of Arts and Sciences – Graduate Admissions Office
The George Washington University
801 22nd Street NW, Phillips Hall 107
Washington DC 20052

Contact for questions:
askccas@gwu.edu ~ 202.994.6210 (phone) ~ 202.994.6213 (fax)
8:30 am – 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday

M.P.H. applicants:

Office of Admissions
2nd Floor
Milken Institute School of Public Health
950 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20037


Contact for questions:
asksphhs@gwu.edu~ 202.994.2160 (phone)
http://publichealth.gwu.edu/admissions
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday