Admission Requirements

Interested candidates should prepare the following application documents to be submitted online:

  • Statement of Purpose (details provided below)
  • Transcripts (official transcripts will be required if admitted into the program); GPA >= 3.0 required for admission.
  • List of mathematics and statistics courses taken/projected as well as textbooks used and grades received (can be in table format)
  • Three letters of recommendation; at least two should address academic and/or professional qualifications for pursuing a PhD program in biostatistics. If more than three are received, the first three received will be reviewed.
  • General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores
  • TOEFL test scores (for international applicants from non-English speaking countries)
  • PhD Applicants Who Are U.S. Citizens are required to complete a FAFSA. This will assist in determining which applicants are eligible for grants that may have been awarded to support the interdepartmental program by various agencies and donors. FAFSA information plays no role in admission decisions.
  • Curriculum vitae

Statement of Purpose

Your statement of purpose and objectives (1200-1500 word limit suggested) should address all of the following items:

  • Describe those experiences that have shaped your interest in biostatistics. Do you have a preferred area of interest within the biostatistics discipline?
  • Describe the one academic experience that has meant the most to you in your educational career.
  • Outline your professional goals, both immediate and long term.
  • Discuss why you are interested in the Biostatistics PhD program offered in the School of Medicine (Dept. of Family Medicine and Public Health, UCSD), the strengths you bring with you, and those areas in which you would like to increase your expertise and personal growth. Please specify if you have publications, work or other experience which you feel makes you more likely to succeed in this program.

Please submit application materials to the online link at:

Application Deadline

The 2019 priority deadline is January 7, 2019. Applications received after this date will be reviewed on a space-available basis. The Department matriculates Ph.D. students in the fall only.

Application Fee

The application fee is:

  • $105.00 for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
  • $125.00 for International Applicants

The Division of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics does not waive this fee.