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Biostatistics Application and Admission

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 2019 on October 1, 2018. Applications will be due on December 1, 2018. Announcements of admission and fellowship awards to successful candidates are typically made by April 15. See application Frequently Asked Questions for more details.

Admission Requirements: Prior Coursework

Entering students in both the MS and PhD programs must have completed:

A complete application consists of:
Application Form - A complete, submitted online application accompanied by the $80 fee. The online application will require you to upload the following documents:

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.

Frequently asked questions about the BGS application process

Frequently asked questions about the Biostatistics Program

Financial Obligations and Support

Students accepted to Biomedical Graduate Studies’ Ph.D. programs receive a fully funded fellowship—including tuition, fees, health insurance, and a competitive stipend—regardless of financial need. Funds for these fellowships are derived from reserves provided by the School of Medicine and the University Provost, NIH training grants and individual fellowships, research grants, and other funding sources.

In general, students accepted into Biomedical Graduate Studies are awarded financial support for the anticipated five to six years required to attain the doctoral degree. The annual stipend for students entering in Fall 2017 is $32,000. In addition, as of Fall 2014, BGS provides new students with a $1,000 relocation award, to help cover start-up costs such as moving expenses and apartment security deposits.

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.

Financial Aid

The Office of Student Financial Services provides students with information on student expenses and billing, processes financial aid applications, awards financial assistance, and administers the Penn Plan payment programs. The Office address is:

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.

Diversity Statement

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.


For additional information, please contact:

Catherine Vallejo
Coordinator, Graduate Group in Epidemiology and Biostatistics
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Tel: 215-573-3881