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Department of Biostatistics
Admissions and Financial Support
The Department of Biostatistics offers three degrees for residential students: a Master’s of Science (M.S.); a Master's of Public Health (M.P.H.); a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). We also offer an On Job/On Campus program from which you can receive a Master’s of Science in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis. The Horace
H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies administers the M.S. and Ph.D. programs, while the School of Public Health administers the M.P.H. program.
Applicants for the M.S. or Ph.D. programs should fill out a Rackham School application. An M.P.H. program application is available through SOPHAS (Schools of Public Health Application Service). Those wishing to apply to the Biostatistics Department should submit a complete online application form, a non-refundable application fee, official transcripts for all previous undergraduate and graduate work, three letters of recommendation (submitted online), a statement of purpose, a personal statement and general test GRE scores. International students whose first language is not English must also submit TOEFL scores.
The Clinical Research Design & Statistical Analysis program accepts new applicants on a rolling admission basis until the cohort is full.
Rackham Applicants for MS and PhD programs: Submit Academic Records/Transcripts to the Department of Biostatistics and to Rackham Graduate School Admissions
Mail transcript to:
Your completed online application and supporting documents (including academic records/transcripts, test scores, and letters of recommendation) should be submitted early enough to arrive two to three weeks prior to the deadline (December 15).
The deadline is the date by which all application materials must be received by both the graduate program and Rackham. Early submission may avoid unnecessary delays.
Note: All credentials submitted for admission consideration become the property of the University of Michigan and will not be returned in original or copy form.
All students admitted to one of our residential programs are considered for financial support. There are four types of financial support that we offer our students: Graduate Student Instructor (GSI), Graduate Student Research Assistant (GSRA), Training Grants and Fellowships.
Graduate Student Instructors are appointed at 50% effort, which involves working approximately twenty hours per week. This appointment includes full payment of tuition, health insurance coverage, registration fees and a monthly stipend. GSI’s are appointed to help with the instruction of Biostatistics courses offered to students from other Public Health Departments. The duties of a GSI can include preparing materials for and teaching labs, holding office hours, grading homework and exams, and tutoring.
GSRA’s are appointed at 50% effort, which involves working approximately twenty hours per week on a research project. This appointment includes full payment of tuition, health insurance coverage, registration fees and a monthly stipend. GSRA’s generally work closely with a faculty member who is a principal or co-investigator on the research project. The duties of the GSRA can involve analysis of biomedical research data or statistical research. Currently, GSRAs are working on projects involvingstatistical methods development and application to bioinformatics, cancer, clinical trials, dentistry, diabetes, environmental health, epidemiology, genetics, health education, kidney disease, and survival analysis.
Students are also supported through involvement in training grants which provide support similar to the GSRA or GSI appointments. Currently, the Department has three training grants. Information can be obtained by clicking on the links below.
Awards for tuition assistance are available and are granted without a work obligation. These awards are generally made on the basis of academic merit, expected contribution to the field, and underrepresented backgrounds. Some examples of awards our students have received include the Shapiro Award, the Rackham Merit Fellowship for Historically Underrepresented Groups, the Rackham Non-Traditional Fellowship, the Rackham Regents Fellowship, the School of Public Health Tuition Assistance Award. Other award/scholarship opportunities exist for continuing students. They include the Rackham One-Term Dissertation Grant, the Barbour Scholarship, the Pre-doctoral Fellowship, the Susan Lipshutz Award and the Rackham Travel Award. The Rackham Sources of Aid page lists various sources of information on financial assistance available to students on campus.
Many of our students are offered funding as GSIs, GSRAs or fellows. If a student does not receive such an offer, he or she may apply for financial aid through the University of Michigan’s Office of Financial Aid. This office requires applicants for any and all types of financial aid to complete the Free Application for Federal Student AID (FAFSA) provided by the American College Testing Center (ACTC). A FAFSA will be sent to you directly if you indicate your interest in financial assistance on the admission application form. FAFSAs are available from most high school or college libraries and financial aid officers, as well as from the School of Public Health Office of Academic Affairs. FAFSA is also available at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
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Video: Professor Mike Boehnke, Admissions Chair answers common questions about the Biostatistics Program.