Application, admission, and degree-granting requirements and regulations shall be applied equitably to all individuals, applicants and students regardless of age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or national origin.

Admission Requirements  

Any applicant who has a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree from an accredited institution and shows promise for successfully completing all the degree requirements will be considered for admission to this program.

In addition to satisfying general Indiana University Graduate School requirements for admission, applicants must have at least a B (3.00 GPA) average in courses taken during the last two years of their earlier degree studies, and a grade of B+ (3.50 GPA) in courses required as prerequisites for the program.

Students entering this program should have a minimal mathematics background consisting of an undergraduate course sequence in univariate and multivariate calculus (equivalent to MATH 16500, 16600 and 26100 at IUPUI) and a course in linear algebra (including matrix theory). In addition, applicants should have had a calculus-based undergraduate level course in probability or statistics. Prospective applicants who do not have this background must acquire it prior to admission to the program.

Applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test and those whose native language is not English must also take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a score of 570 (or 230 on the computer version of the test, or 79 on the internet based test). Final admission decisions will be made by a faculty Admission Committee.Update

Online Application Steps

You can apply online to our Biostatistics PhD program via SOPHAS, the centralized Schools of Public Health Application Service,

Remember to designate the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health as one of your school choices along with your desired program.

The application deadline for Fall 2014 admission is December 15, 2014. All required application documents must be submitted by the PhD program deadline. It is strongly recommended that all transcripts are submitted no later than November 15, 2014 to allow SOPHAS adequate time to verify transcripts.  Please note that it can take up to four weeks for transcripts to be verified.

We'll let you know by e-mail once we receive your application from SOPHAS. If you have questions about the application process, contact Shawne Mathis,

Supporting Documentation

In addition to completing the SOPHAS application, you are also required to submit the following supporting documentation directly to SOPHAS:

  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives – Provide an essay of approximately 750 words describing your past education, experience, and current professional career objectives. You are encouraged to comment on any or all of the following: plans you have to use your education and training; the needs and/or challenges you perceive as important in your field of study; and any personal qualities, characteristics, and skills you believe will enable you to be successful in your chosen field of study.
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)
  • Official post-secondary transcripts from all U.S. institutions attended (must be sent directly from the institutions to SOPHAS), including transcripts for previous study at Indiana University.
  • World Education Services (WES) ICAP course-by-course evaluation for all post-secondary foreign institutions attended. Go to our International Applicants web page for more information. Note: U.S. applicants who studied at foreign institutions as part of a study abroad experience at their U.S. college or university, do not need to provide a WES evaluation of their study abroad coursework.
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons qualified to assess your academic work, professional experiences, or leadership potential. These letters should be from professional sources that can provide an unbiased, current and critical assessment of your abilities, skills, strengths and weaknesses related to successfully completing a doctoral program.
  • GRE test scores - GRE scores are required for Biostatistics PhD applicants and should be sent directly from the testing service (ETS). The Fairbanks School of Public Health SOPHAS code for the GRE is 0167.
  • TOEFL scores for applicants whose first language was not English. The SOPHAS TOEFL code is 5688.

On Site Interviews

In-person interview: Applicants may be invited to participate in an interview with several members of the Admission Committee. Interviews may take place onsite or via other means.

Review of Application

Completed applications will be carefully reviewed by the Biostatistics PhD Admissions Committee after the program deadline. The committee’s goal is to notify applicants of their admission status in March. The Admissions Committee will determine each applicant’s acceptance or non-acceptance to the Biostatistics PhD program by using the following selection criteria:

  • Scientific Leadership Potential: Assessed by the applicant’s resume / curriculum vita, personal statement, and personal interview.
  • Ability to Engage in Advanced Graduate Work: Assessed by the applicant’s evaluation of letters of recommendation, overall grade point average in prior graduate work, and scores from the GRE or other graduate entrance exams.
  • Learning Goals and Objectives: Assessed by the applicant’s personal statement and personal interview.

Helpful Websites:


Graduate Record Examination, (GRE) –
Educational Testing Service (ETS) –
IUPUI Office of International Affairs -
IUPUI Office of Financial Aid -


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