MS in Biostatistics Admissions

Requirements for Admission to the MS in Biostatistics 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.

While there is not a hard cutoff for the GRE and GPA scores, as they are only one component of a successful application, we do have minimum score guidelines:

GRE: 500/153 Verbal, 600/148 Quantitative, and 4.5 Analytical
GPA:  3.0 
MCAT: 24 (with scores of 8 as absolute minimums in the individual categories)

 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. 

Application Process

For admission to the MS 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
  • GRE or MCAT scores (the SOPHAS code is score submission is 1045)
  • TOEFL scores, if applicable
  • Official transripts (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 MS 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.


The MS in Biostatistics program requires the following undergraduate pre-requisite courses be completed prior to matriculation:

  • One year of calculus (two semesters or three terms/quarters)
  • One undergraduate course in statistics (one semester or one term)

We do not require a specific undergraduate degree required for admission to the MS program, and accept students with a variety of academic backgrounds. We do not offer entry exams to establish mastery of statistics or calculus knowledge and skills for applicants to our graduate programs. In order to show that an introductory course in statistics and one year of calculus have been completed, each applicant must provide a transcript from an accredited institution that grants undergraduate degrees. 

If you have not taken an undergraduate statistics class, Portland State University and Portland Community College both offer STAT 243 every quarter. Additionally, the University of North Carolina offers an acceptable self-paced online course: Oregon, Oregon State University's e-campus offers an online course in the fall and winter terms:


The Registrar's Office posts the tuition and fees for each department on their website. This document is typically updated mid-summer.

Fees and Financial Aid

The program uses the OHSU graduate medicine student fee schedule. If you wish to apply for financial aid, contact the OHSU Financial Aid Office at (503) 494-8249. At the present time, there is no financial aid available for foreign students. Additional information is available at the financial aid site.

State Residency

Our Registrar's Office maintains a .PDF file of their residency policy.  We do not offer a tuition discount for neighboring states. 



Apartments are available nearby and within Portland. At this time, OHSU does not offer direct housing services. There is a housing bulletin board in Mackenzie Hall, and a resource list and notebook is available for review in Baird Hall, Room 1028, in the Office of Academic and Student Affairs.

Transportation and Parking

Since parking is limited on the OHSU campus, students are encouraged to take public transportation. OHSU subsidizes Tri-Met bus passes for students for a substantial discount. Please contact the OHSU Parking Office for more information.

Course Scheduling

Many classes are generally scheduled either early or late in the day to accommodate students who are working or enrolled in combined programs. Please review ourCourses and Schedules page. Although each quarter's schedule is not finalized until shortly before the registration period begins, we try very hard to minimize changes to the schedule because we understand how important it is to plan ahead.

International Students

Please contact OHSU's Office of International Services for detailed information about immigration advice and services to international students, employees, and visitors. If you are an international student and are accepted into our program, please do not delay in contacting the PHPM Education Office to begin your visa paperwork. 

At the present time, there is no financial aid available for international students.

Effective Fall 2013: All international student applicants are required to provide World Education Service (WES) International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP) credential evaluations for all foreign colleges attended. International applicants need to consult WES's website for instructions and fees at The applicant will be responsible for the full cost of this service. International applicants of all countries of origin will need to complete this service.

If international applicants have already completed a similar credential evaluation through WES or another company, the Graduate Studies Office may evaluate on a case-by-case basis whether a WES ICAP will be needed.

Please have WES ICAP Credential Evaluations to SOPHAS.