Students are admitted into the MS and PhD degree programs in Biostatistics for the fall term only. General admission informatiion, as well as a link to the online application system, can be obtained from the Biomedical Graduate Studies (BGS) Website. BGS accepts electronic applications only. We will begin accepting applications for Fall 2017 on October 1, 2016. Applications will be due on December 1, 2016. Announcements of admission and fellowship awards to successful candidates are typically made by April 15. See application Frequently Asked Questions for more details.
Entering students in both the MS and PhD programs must have completed:
Previous experience with data analysis and statistical packages is desirable but not required. Advanced courses in mathematics are highly encouraged, particularly for students in the PhD program.
All candidates must submit:
Applicants must complete an online application and submit only three letters of recommendation. The admissions system will give you an option to have your recommender submit your letter online or via postal mail. The application and letters should identify personal attributes, experiences, and accomplishments relevant to success in the program. Applicants who are currently enrolled in a degree program must arrange for at least one letter of recommendation to be sent from a faculty member at their current department.
All BGS applicants are required to upload up-to-date unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended. For students currently enrolled in programs, transcripts must include Spring 2016 semester grades and Fall 2016 semester course enrollment. Transcripts from completed programs should show proof of degree conferral. A final, official transcript showing conferral of degree will be required of all accepted students prior to matriculation.
Where do I send application documents?
Most documents will be uploaded through the online system, but if you need to provide additional documents (offline letters of recommendation), please send them to one of the following addresses. Please mail hard copy materials to:
Biomedical Graduate Studies
160 BRB II/III - 421 Curie Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6064
Once the application is submitted, applicants may login to ApplyWeb to see whether transcripts and recommendation letters have been
received. Please allow at least two weeks following the deadline for
items to be posted to the application.
Students who receive full-time support are expected to accept no additional employment during the same time period. Support for MS students depends on the availability of funds; priority is given to full-time students.
Research Assistantships and Teaching Assistantships are available for qualified students.
Room 100 Franklin Building
3451 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6270
Tuition costs for future years have not yet been determined. The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania reserve the right to increase tuition and fees and to otherwise amend the regulations concerning tuition and fees at any time and to make such changes applicable to students in the University at that time.
The Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics values diversity and seeks talented students from diverse backgrounds, including individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Further, the CCEB does not discriminate on the basis of color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or status as a disabled or Vietnam Era veteran in the administration of its educational policies, programs or activities, admissions policies and procedures, and scholarship programs. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply to the CCEB's educational programs.
How can I find out if my application and materials have been received?
Applicants may log into the online application to check whether letters of recommendation and transcripts have been received. The admissions office will post your documents to your application page as soon as possible. Please note that this may be up to two weeks after you submit your application. We request that you please do not call or email the admissions office to check on the status of your application. BGS receives over a thousand applications to process and unfortunately we cannot sort through them to find individual documents.
For additional information, please contact:
Coordinator, Graduate Group in Epidemiology and Biostatistics
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
627 Blockley Hall
423 Guardian Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6021