The University of Minnesota School of Public Health requires applicants to the 4+1 Biostatistics MS to submit the following within SOPHAS, the national application service for Schools and Programs of Public Health.

  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives describing the reasons for your interest in public health, your intended program of study, and your career goals.
  • Resume or C.V.
  •  Official transcripts from each U.S. college or university attended must be sent from that institution directly to SOPHAS. This includes a University of Minnesota transcript. Do not send transcripts to the University of Minnesota.
  • 2 letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional references. Letters should be provided in SOPHAS. Do not send letters of recommendation to the University of Minnesota.
  • One recommendation from the major adviser in Statistics or CLA college adviser (to be submitted the same way as the other two recommendations) indicating which degree requirements are left to complete for the bachelor’s degree and an assessment of how realistic it is for the applicant to add in the required graduate level classes senior year.
  • Selected applicants may also be invited for an interview. No GRE test scores are required.
  • International applicants – see additional requirements for International Students.

Requirements & Prerequisites

To be considered for admission to the 4+1 program, prospective students must be officially admitted to an undergraduate major (BA or BS) in the School of Statistics in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota with at least 60 credits.

Prerequisite courses

By the end of the academic year prior to starting the MS program, students must have completed the following courses with a grade of B or higher in each course:

  • Stat 5101 and Stat 5102, or Stat 4101 and Stat 4102 (Statistical Theory)
    Students currently taking Stat 5101 or Stat 4101, during the fall semester when they apply may be conditionally admitted to the program. Admission will be confirmed at the end of the spring semester following successful completion of Stat 5101 and Stat 5102, or Stat 4101 and Stat 4102, with grades of B or above.
  • Three semesters of calculus
  • One semester of linear algebra

Preferred skills and/or background

Experience in basic programming is strongly recommended; exposure to programming in a statistical software package (R or SAS) is preferred.

Review & Admissions Process

Each degree and certificate program has its own admissions committee composed of faculty members from that area of study. The committees review applications for evidence of the applicant’s intent and purpose in studying public health, past academic performance, program-specific academic potential, professional and life experience, English fluency (where required), and other factors such as an applicant’s compatibility with faculty expertise and program directions.

Length of Process and Notification: This process may take up to six weeks in the peak application season of December/January. At other times, committees may make admission decisions more quickly. All applicants are notified of the committee’s decision via email and/or letter.

Admitted Applicants: Admitted applicants will be directed to our website to make their decision on our admission offer. Those accepting admission will be required to make a $250 non-refundable admission deposit, which will be applied toward their student account at the beginning of their admission term

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