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How to Apply

Applications for admission to the Department of Biostatistics are processed through the Office of Student Affairs at Pitt Public Health. You must apply for the MS, MPH, and PhD programs through SOPHAS, the centralized application service for graduate schools of public health. Please note, SOPHAS submits applications to Pitt Public Health only after all required materials are received. Applicants who have submitted applications may track their status online.

Please review the Pitt Public Health requirements for admission before applying.

The following table summarizes the department-specific requirements for admission by degree:

Prior Degree Required Yes Yes* Yes
Complete and Submit Application Yes Yes Yes
Three Letters of Recommendation Yes Yes Yes
Biology (3 credits) Yes**
Biology (6 credits)
Computer Science Yes** Yes** Yes**
Calculus (1 year) Yes Yes Yes
GRE within three years of application Yes Yes Yes
Social Science (6 credits)

* Degree should be a professional health degree, such as nursing, MD, DDS, or DVM

** Deficiency can be made up during the first year

For more information about applying, tuition and  financial aid, please visit Pitt Public Health admissions, or email.

International Applicants

In addition to the application materials required of all students, most international students must submit an official score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam and a WES evaluation. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the written test or 80 on the Internet test is required for all foreign students. The minimum acceptable score on the IELTS is Band 6.5, and applicants must take the academic writing and reading modules of the test.

Review by departmental committees takes on average of four to six weeks. As soon as an application is returned to the Office of Student Affairs, the applicant will be notified of the admissions committee's decision.


Application deadlines for all programs
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