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 to the MS 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:

  MS PhD
Prior Degree Required Yes Yes
Complete and Submit Application Yes Yes
Three Letters of Recommendation Yes Yes
Biology (3 credits) Yes* Yes*
Calculus (6 credits) Yes* Yes*
GRE within three years of application Yes Yes**


* Deficiency can be made up during the first term of study.

** The PhD Program will accept GRE scores taken within five years of application for applicants pursuing an MS degree in a related field.

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 100 is required for all foreign students. The minimum acceptable score on the IELTS is Band 7.0, and applicants must take the academic writing and reading modules of the test. Read more...


Application deadlines for all programs

Application deadlines

PhD applications for fall admission are due by January 1. MS applications for fall admission are due by April 1 for international applicants and July 15 for US applicants.

Apply online now

Using  SOPHAS, the centralized application service for graduate schools of public health.


Renee Valenti
Academic Affairs Administrator
7136 Public Health
Pittsburgh, PA 15261