Biostatistics Graduate Certificate Admissions

Requirements for Admission to the Graduate Certificate Program

The application cycle for Fall 2015 has closed. Applications for entry to Fall 2016 will open August 18, 2015.

Our early deadline for applicants who require an early decision is December 1. We expect to have decisions finalized for the first round by the end of January/early February. Our hard deadline is February 1, with admissions decisions finalized by mid-March/early April.

We require all application materials to be submitted through SOPHAS by the deadlines posted above.

Do not submit materials directly to OHSU unless you are advised to do so by the admissions staff in our program. Only applicants who "e-submit" their applications and submit all supplemental materials noted below via SOPHAS by February 1 will be considered for admission. We do not have rolling admissions and only accept students for admission in the fall term.

 Also, we require that foreign applicants who have not graduated from an accredited English-speaking university take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum scores are listed below:

Internet exam: 80
Paper exam: 550
Computer exam: 213

All score reports should be submitted to SOPHAS. The institution code you should use to submit scores is 1045 (OMPH Program). All test scores must be no more than 5 years old at the time of application.

All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by the Word Education Service. See the instructions at the bottom of this page for more information about the requirements for international students.

Certificate Application Process

For admission to the Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics program, prospective students must apply directly through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) system, the centralized application service for CEPH accredited schools and programs of public health. Apply here. (We are listed under "Oregon MPH Program," rather than by campus.)

The following application materials must be submitted via SOPHAS: 

  • 3 letters of recommendation (SOPHAS will generate an email for each of your letter writers. Please do not submit separate letters of recommendation.)
  • A personal statement describing your relevant background and experience, career plans, and why you wish to attend our program in particular
  • Resume
  • TOEFL scores, if applicable
  • Official transcripts (If you are accepted to the program, official transcripts must also be submitted to OHSU prior to matriculation. Details will be included in your offer letter.)

Completed Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics applications are reviewed between December and February. Letters offering admission (or regret) are sent out by mid-March.  For additional questions about the application process, please contact

Please note that we only admit students for Fall term.  We do not have rolling admissions, nor do we allow students to defer admission to the following year.


Frequently asked questions

Does the Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics program participate in Oregon Health & Science University’s employee tuition assistance program?

At this time, we do not participate in the employee tuition assistance program.

What are the tuition costs and fees for the program?

In-state residents: $350/credit plus fees
Out-of-state residents/international students: $450/credit plus fees 

Please consult the tuition and fees information on the Registrar's website for detailed information:

What does a typical course schedule look like?

Please click here for an example of a course schedule.

Is there funding available for biostatistics students? What kind of financial aid do you offer?

Individuals enrolled with the certificate program is eligible for financial aid as long as the student is enrolled in at least five credits in the term in which he or she is seeking aid. The department does not offer any scholarships for certificate students; however, a limited number of teaching assistantships may be available for students who have done exceptionally well in BSTA 511-513.

What steps do I need to take if I am interested in pursuing an MPH after I complete the biostatistics program?

Students in the biostatistics program will still need to apply directly to the MPH program.  If you are interested in pursuing an MPH degree after completing the biostatistics certificate, it is your responsibility to let the biostatistics faculty know as soon as possible, as there is an overlap in the curriculum.  For more information, please refer to the MPH Admissions page.

I am a foreign student interested in applying to your program.  What are your program’s minimum requirements for the TOEFL?

Our guidelines are as follows:

Computer based: 213
Paper based: 550
Internet based: 87

How long does it take to complete your program?

On a part time schedule, the requirements for the program can feasibly be completed in about two years.

Does your program offer any online courses?

At this time, we do not offer any online courses.

Can you send me more information regarding the Biostatistics program?

In the interest of reducing our environmental impact, we have information online in the form(s) of a flyer, brochure, or PowerPoint presentation from our recent information sessions.

How strict is the department about the application deadline?

Very strict. If you find that uncontrollable factors (for example, a serious illness or hospitalization) thwart your ability to submit the application on time, please contact to request a brief extension.

With whom can I meet to talk about the program and the application procedure?

For more information about specific programs, you should contact a staff member from the program to which you hope to apply. If you have questions about the application procedure, please email or our Education Assistant, Natalie Chin at