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 Required
Complete and Submit Application Required Required
Three Letters of Recommendation Required Required
Biology (3 credits) Required* Required*
Calculus (6 credits) Required* Required*
GRE Optional


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

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), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam, or the Duolingo English Test 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. The minimum acceptable score on the Duolingo English Test is 120. Read more...


Application deadlines for all programs

Application deadlines

The PhD priority deadline for applications is December 15 and the hard deadline is January 5. MS applications are due by January 15 for international and US applicants.

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


Helen Chen
Academic Administrator
1139 Public Health
Pittsburgh, PA 15261