MS in Biostatistics Admissions

Requirements for Admission to the MS in Biostatistics Program

The application cycle for Fall 2015 has begun.  The deadline is February 15, 2015. All supplemental materials noted below must be received by this deadline. We do not have rolling admissions and only accept students for admission for the fall term.

Prerequisites:  One undergraduate course in statistics and one year of calculus must be completed prior to matriculation.

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:  153 Verbal, 148 Quantitative, and 4.5 Analytical    (Old format:  V: 500,  Q: 600;  A:  4.5)

GPA:   3.0 

Also, we require that 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

The institution code for OHSU for both the TOEFL and GRE exams is 4865

All test scores must be no more than 5 years old at the time of application.

Application Process

The following materials should be submitted at the time the online application is completed.  (Select "Biostatistics MS")

  • Certified report of scores for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) sent directly to OHSU from the testing service.  As noted above, our GRE code is 4865. If you send your scores to the wrong code, you are responsible for tracking them down or re-ordering the reports. Our office is unable to do investigate the location of scores reports sent to anything other than the 4865 code.
  • TOEFL scores for foreign graduates.
  • Three letters of recommendation are to be submitted via OHSU's online Letter of Recommendation Form.  Applicants must contact their evaluators and refer them to  This link is not automatically sent to evaluators after filling out an application and must be sent separately.  Applicants waive all right to review letters by using this system. 
  • Official transcripts from each university you have attended. This includes transcripts for coursework taken at PSU, community colleges, study abroad experiences, etc.—even if only one course was taken at an institution or if the transfer credits show up on another transcript. Applications missing transcripts will not be reviewed. (International applicants must have their transripts evaluated by World Education Service.  Details are below.
  • A CV (optional).
  • Personal statement:  The online application has a field into which you can paste your personal statement.  Please address your interest in the program, your research background, and why you think the Biostatistics program is a good fit for your career goals.
Mailing address:

OHSU School of Medicine Graduate Admissions
Oregon Health & Science University
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, Mail Code L102-GS
Portland, OR 97239

Completed applications are reviewed soon after the deadline. For full consideration, all letters of recommendation and transcripts must be received by the deadline.  Letters offering admission (or regret) are typically sent by the end of March.  For additional questions about the application process, please contact

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

Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

The program uses the OHSU Graduate Medicine student tuition and 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 OHSU Fiinancial Aid site.

State Residency

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. Every attempt is made to avoid conflicts with PSU courses and core courses offered at both PSU and OHSU.  Please review our Courses 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.  

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 sent to:

OHSU School of Medicine Graduate Admissions

3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, Mail Code L102-GS

Portland, OR 97239-3098