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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Application Deadlines

Applicants to the MS in Biostatistics program must apply to begin in summer quarter. The deadline is January 15, 2020, for international applicants and domestic applicants wishing early decision and March 1, 2020, for domestic applicants. Admissions are made on a rolling basis, and we strongly recommend that applicants submit their materials well before the deadline. All applications should indicate summer as the quarter of entry.

Application Requirements

All applicants to the Master of Science in Biostatistics must have:

  • A baccalaureate or professional degree awarded no later than June 21, 2020.

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.

  • Completed the GRE within the past five years.
    • Strong applicants possess GRE Quantitative Reasoning score at or above the 60th percentile.
    • Strong applicants possess GRE Verbal Reasoning score at or above the 40th percentile.
  • Taken differential and integral calculus (prerequisite courses) before starting the program. Students interested in Statistical Methods and Practice concentrations may also benefit from linear matrix algebra.

Application Instructions

Students applying for the MS in Biostatistics program (part-time and full-time) use the Public Health Common Application (SOPHAS). This common application for most accredited public health schools/programs requires:

  • A statement of purpose
  • Three references
  • Transcript(s) from all colleges/universities you have attended (if you have attended post-secondary schools outside of the United States or Canada, your transcripts must be sent for evaluation to
  • GRE and/or MCAT score submission, unless waived (code 6981).
  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives (personal statement)
  • Letters of recommendation from three faculty members, instructors, employers, or supervisors or others who can address your interest in public health and/or your ability to do graduate level work.
  • World Education Services (WES) ICAP Course-by-Course evaluation of academic records from institutions outside the U.S. and English-speaking Canada
  • Waiver: granted to holders of doctoral or professional degrees (PhD, MD, etc) from institutions within the U.S. and English-speaking Canada.

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