Master of Science (MS)

Biostatistics

Provides research-oriented training in the theory and methodology of biostatistics and its application to the solution of problems in the health sciences.

General Information

Minimum Credit Hours

45 Some students (e.g., graduates of UNC's BSPH program) may be allowed to exempt a limited number of individual required courses on a case-by-case basis based on their previous coursework.

Expected Duration

2 yrs

Learning Environment

Residential

Dual Degree Options Available

No

Application Cycle

Fall Spring rarely, pending department approval. See application details page for more info.

Application Deadline 1

January 14, 2020 Spring rarely, pending department approval. See application details page for more info.

Applicant Information

Who Should Apply

Students seeking research and practice-orientated training in biostatistics.

Enrolled Student Demographics

  • Total Enrollment 1620
  • Female 72%, Male 28%
  • Underrepresented Minority Students 16.3%
  • International 11%

Program Costs & Funding

Admissions Information

Prior Degree Required

Bachelor's degree with mathematics training

Required Prerequisites

Multivariable calculus and linear algebra.

Standardized Test(s) Accepted

GRE Within last 5 years (may be waived for applicants with professional or advanced degrees, e.g. MD or PhD). Standardized test scores are one of many factors we consider in making admissions decisions.

Standardized Test(s) Scores

Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary education (including community colleges, summer sessions and extension programs) are required to be uploaded in the application.

Letters of Recommendation Required

3 (academic and/or professional; academic preferred)

Faculty-Student Match Required

Not required

Interviews Required

Not required

Work Experience Required

None required

Visit Opportunities

Learn about opportunities to come to UNC Gillings to meet faculty, staff, and current students. If you are unable to come to campus – don’t worry – our representatives attend a variety of recruitment events around the United States as well as host virtual fairs and webinars.

During the Program

Required Courses

For a detailed description of all the requirements for this degree program please click here for the Student Handbook.

Comprehensive Exam Type(s)

All candidates must pass the MS written exam after completing year 1; oral presentation of master's paper required

Capstone, Thesis or Dissertation

Master's paper (BIOS 992 Master's Paper | Syllabus: n/a, minimum 3 credits) substitutes for a master's thesis

Practicum, Internships & Fieldwork

Practicum of BIOS 841 Principals of Statistical Consulting | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/08/Bios_841_Syllabus2018.pdf and BIOS 843 Seminar in Biostatistics | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2017/02/BIOS_843_Syllabus.pdf.

Global Options Available

The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health strives to integrate global content and approaches across the School’s courses, programs and degrees. We believe that every student should emerge from our School with an understanding of global health issues. Some courses are focused largely on global issues, others are designed so that global and local issues are intertwined and some still are evolving. Learn more about these options.

Enrolled students will have the opportunity to pursue our graduate global health certificate, while others may choose global health courses, internships or independent study with global focus.

After the Program

Employment Opportunities

Collaborative biostatistics careers and/or further graduate study

Example Job Responsibilities

Data analysis; statistical programming; data management

  1. Complete online application
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    • Application Deadline: January 14, 2020
    • Fee: 95.00
    • Step Link

    (The Graduate School Application is a common application system for UNC-Chapel Hill programs.)

    1. IMPORTANT NOTE(S):

      See program details in GPS for requirements such as prequisites, prior degree, work experience, any test score waivers, as well as a tuition estimate and program overview.

      • All UNC Gillings applications for graduate-level programs fall under the purview of the UNC Graduate School. Accordingly, you will apply to UNC Gillings via the Graduate School Application, and UNC Gillings programs will make admissions recommendations to the UNC Graduate School for final approval.
        Once a recommendation is finalized, you will receive notice via email from the UNC Graduate School. Throughout the process, most of your questions can be answered by your program contact.
      • NOTE: To be considered for UNC Graduate School scholarships, apply before priority deadline.

    2. Faculty interest(s)/mentor(s)

      • We do not require that you list faculty who support your application. Such information is not considered in the admissions process. You are asked to list faculty with whom you'd like to work; this information can be helpful to the admissions committee.
    3. Applicant information,  including North Carolina residency information.

    4. Area(s) of interest

      • Select all applicable areas of interest from the dropdown.
    5. Educational history

      • Please upload a copy of your most recent transcript(s), including your current term grades, if applicable. (If grades are not yet available, send them to the UNC Gillings program contact as soon as they become available.) Be sure the transcript reflects the name of the institution and any degrees you received.
      • We advise that you order two copies of your transcript(s) to be sent to you.
        • If you are admitted and choose to enroll, UNC will require official transcript(s) showing degree(s) awarded.
    6. Community standards

      You will be asked about honor code, crime, academic sanction, military discharge, etc.

    7. Upload your personal statement.

      • Statement of purpose that should include why and or how you became interested in Biostatistics. It would also be helpful to discuss research and work experience relevant to your proposed plan of study.
    8. Upload your resume or CV.

    9. Enter names of recommenders. UNC will then send them an email with instructions for submitting a letter on your behalf. We encourage references from professors or teachers (or teaching assistants) or work/research supervisors who have worked directly and closely with you and who can speak about you with specificity.

        • 3 (academic and/or professional; academic preferred)
    10. Report test scores to UNC via the Graduate School Application

      • GRE code 5816. TOEFL/IELTS information above. GRE test scores must be official, no more than 5 years old and reported directly by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). See our program details page for information regarding test scores.
    11. Document submission (check legibility of uploads)

      • Applicants should preview all documents uploaded into the application system to ensure that all documents are legible for committee review.
    12. Pay the Graduate School application fee.

    13. Track your progress.

      • You will be able to track status through the Graduate School application. Once a decision is made, you will receive an email instructing login to the Graduate School application portal to see the decision letter.
  2. FYI: costs and funding (separate from the admissions process)
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    1. Check out our Costs and Funding page.

    2. Note priority deadline to be eligible for UNC Graduate School scholarships and fellowships. Departments will decide which applicants to nominate. No additional application required.

    3. Apply for FEDERAL financial aid by March 1 (please verify this date via FAFSA) via FAFSA. If you've been admitted and completed the FAFSA form by their deadline, the UNC Office of Scholarships and Student Aid will create a financial aid package for you.

    4. Department funding

      • Our department contacts incoming students regarding funding opportunities.
      • We consider all applicants for funding.
  3. FYI: application review process
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    1. SPH application review:

      • Interview
        • No interview required.
      • Department recommendation will be sent to the Graduate School for final approval.
    2. UNC Graduate School application review and final decision:

      • The UNC Graduate School reviews all admissions recommendations made by programs. Once final decisions have been made, the Graduate School will send you an email instructing login to the Graduate School application portal to see the decision letter.
    3. NOTE: Financial aid is separate from the admissions process. For more information, please refer to our School's Costs and Funding page and/or UNC-Chapel Hill's Office of Scholarships and Student Aid (OSSA) website.

The Gillings Program Search is a tool for exploring academic programs at the School. It is a prospectus for the current year to be used in consultation with an academic adviser and does not constitute the complete degree or program requirements for graduation or program completion.

Department:
Biostatistics
Credit Hours:
45
Questions?
  • Veronica Stallings
  • Student Services Specialist
  • biosadmissions@unc.edu
  • 919-966-7262
  • 3104B McGavran-Greenberg
    CB # 7420