Admissions Overview

Thank you for your interest in the UCSD Biostatistics Graduate programs. The Division of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics (Dept of Family Medicine and Public Health) seeks highly motivated applicants with a strong mathematical background for our Doctoral program in Biostatistics which started in Fall 2016 and our new Master of Science in Biostatistics had its soft launch in Fall 2019 and will start a regular admission cycle in Fall 2020. Our programs aim to train the next generation of biostatisticians in the mathematical theory, computational skills, and inferential methods needed to analyze complex biomedical data. The programs will provide:

  1. An integrated, comprehensive, and intensive didactic curriculum in biostatistics, statistics, and the mathematical foundations needed for analysis of biomedical data;
  2. Rigorous training in computing, reproducible research practices and data management skills;
  3. Substantive training in a specific domain of application in biomedical or public health sciences;
  4. Instruction on research ethics, protection of human subjects, and confidentiality requirements;
  5. Experiential learning and mentoring in communication and scientific writing skills and the ability to work in interdisciplinary teams.
Please read the admission requirements below and the admission frequently asked questions.

 

Please note that the admission application for Fall 2020 is now open. 

The deadline is January 7, 2020 for both degree programs (PhD and MS).

 

MS in Biostatistics

Applications for the MS program will be accepted October 1, 2019 - January 7, 2020.

Please apply at connect.grad.ucsd.edu/apply

MS 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 Master's 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)
  • MS 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 (500-1000 word limit suggested) should address all of the following items:

  • Describe those experiences that have shaped your interest in biostatistics. 
  • Outline your professional goals, both immediate and long term.
  • Discuss the strengths you bring with you, including work and other experiences which you feel makes you more likely to succeed in this program
  • Discuss why you are interested in the Biostatistics MS program offered in the School of Medicine (Division of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, UCSD)
  • Describe the one academic experience that has meant the most to you in your educational career.

 Please submit application materials to the online link at: https://apply.grad.ucsd.edu/home

Application Deadline

The 2020 priority deadline is January 7, 2020. Applications received after this date will be reviewed on a space-available basis. The Department matriculates MS students in the fall only.

Application Fee

The application fee is $105.00 for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents or $125.00 for International Applicants.  Please note that the Division of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics does not waive this fee.

PhD in Biostatistics

The PhD program is distinguished by its high mathematical content and rigorous technical training in theory and methods, as well as, training in practical collaborative skills, and use of important data from many areas of the biomedical sciences. We expect to provide a stipend and tuition remission to qualified students for the duration of their studies.

Applications for the PhD program will be accepted October 1, 2019 - January 7, 2020.

Please apply at connect.grad.ucsd.edu/apply

PhD 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 (Division of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, 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.

Application Deadline

The 2020 priority deadline is January 7, 2020. 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 or $125.00 for International Applicants.  Please note that the Division of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics does not waive this fee.