Program Questions 

1. How much are tuition and fees for the program?

You can estimate the cost of tuition and fees using the calculator on the Office of the Bursar website.

2. Can students in the Biostatistics PhD Program enroll full-time or part-time?

Yes, the Biostatistics PhD program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.

3. Is the Biostatistics PhD program offered online?

The Biostatistics PhD program currently does not offer courses online. However, some courses in PhD minor areas are offered online.

4. I would like to meet with the Biostatistics PhD program directors. Is that possible?

Yes, contact Shawne Mathis, to schedule an appointment.

5. How many students do you admit each year?

Cohorts of approximately 4 to 6 students are admitted to the Biostatistics PhD program for matriculation every fall semester.

6. Is financial support available for students in the Biostatistics PhD program?

Yes, funding is available for applicants accepted on a full time basis. Students enrolled for nine or more credit hours are considered full time. See the Financial Assistance webpage.

7. Is there a time limit for courses that may be applied toward a PhD program?

Biostatistics PhD courses need to be completed no more than7 years before the student takes the oral qualifying exam. Courses taken more than 7 years before the qualifying exam need to be revalidated before they can be applied to the PhD program.

 8. How long do I have to complete the Biostatistics PhD program?

If admitted, your admission is valid for 10 years. Course work must be completed in seven years or less, and the dissertation must be completed within the 10-year limit.

Application and Admission Questions

1. What is the application deadline for the Biostatistics PhD program?

The application deadline for the Biostatistics PhD program is December 15.

2. Will my application still be considered if it is submitted after the deadline?

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered after the deadline.

3. What are the requirements for admission?  

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.

  • 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).

4. How do I apply for admission?

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.

5. Where should my recommendation letters be sent?

You will be asked to submit e-mail addresses for your recommenders as part of the SOPHAS application. After your online application is submitted, recommendation forms and submission instructions will be sent electronically to your recommenders. They will submit their responses directly to SOPHAS.

6. What supporting documents are required for admission to a PhD program?

In addition to completing the online application, the following documents should be submitted to SOPHAS:

  1. Official transcripts from all U.S. colleges and universities attended. Transcripts should be submitted to SOPHAS directly from the institution.
  2. World Education Services (WES) ICAP course-by-course evaluation for all post-secondary foreign institutions attended. Please visit to our International Applicants web page for more information.
  3. Current resume or CV.
  4. GRE or other graduate exam test scores. GRE scores, sent directly from the testing service (ETS) to SOPHAS. The Fairbanks School of Public Health SOPHAS code for the GRE is 0167.
  5. TOEFL scores for applicants whose first language was not English. The SOPHAS TOEFL code is 5688.

7. I have a graduate degree, and I took the GRE before being admitted to that program. Do I have to take the GRE again?

Current GRE scores (5 years old or less) are required for application to the Biostatistics PhD program. If you took the GRE for your graduate degree 5 years ago or less, you can have the testing service (ETS) send those scores to SOPHAS for your Biostatistics PhD application.

8. Can I transfer graduate course credits to the Biostatistics PhD program?

Candidates for the Ph.D. degree may petition for up to 30 hours of graduate credit from other institutions. Students submit the Petition for Approval of Transfer Course form in order to initiate the review process and receive approval to apply a course completed at a different institution towards their degree. Students must provide, at minimum, the syllabus for the course under evaluation. Other documentation may be requested, as needed.

9. I have a Master’s Degree. Can courses that I’ve taken in my master’s program fulfill any PhD requirements?

Once accepted into the Biostatistics PhD program, students will be assigned a faculty advisor. Advisors will review previously completed course work to determine if any requirements for the PhD program have already been met. Based on this assessment, faculty advisors will work with students to identify the rest of the courses needed for students to complete their PhD program.

10. Can I submit a paper application?

No, applications must be submitted online through SOPHAS.

11. In addition to applying for SOPHAS, will I also need to apply to IUPUI?

Yes, in addition to applying to SOPHAS, all applicants will be required to complete an abbreviated application to the IUPUI Online Graduate and Professional Admissions Application system, accessible through the link provided in the SOPHAS application.

12. What is the application cost?

Please visit for the cost to apply.

13. How can I check on my application status?

You will receive notification via email when we have received your completed application from SOPHAS.

14. Is the GRE subject test required?

No, the GRE subject test is not required.

15. Can I send photocopies of my test scores?

No, photocopies are not sufficient. Official test scores are required and must be sent to SOPHAS directly from the testing service (Code: 0167).

16. If I applied for or graduated from another graduate program at Indiana University, do I have to have my test scores sent from the testing service again?

Yes, you should have your test scores sent to SOPHAS for your Biostatistics PhD application.

17. I have degrees and/or coursework from Indiana University. Do I need to have my IU transcripts sent to for the Biostatistics PhD program?

Yes, you should have your Indiana University transcripts sent to SOPHAS.

18. If I have a degree from an English speaking school, do I have to submit scores for the TOEFL exam?

A bachelor’s or higher degree from a country designated by IUPUI as predominantly native-English speaking is required to exempt you from taking the TOEFL exam or providing other acceptable proof of English proficiency. Please visit

19. Is it necessary for me to take the English Placement test?

Applicants providing proof of a score 100 or higher on the TOEFL exam, or 7.5 on the IELTS exam are exempt from the requirement to take the EAP exam at IUPUI. Applicants with scores lower than these levels are required to take the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) exam.

For further information on the EAP, please visit:

20. I would like to know if my degree is the equivalent of an American university B.A. or B.S. degree. Can you tell me if I can be admitted with my current degree?

The SOPHAS application system requires a World Education Services (WES) ICAP course-by-course evaluation for all post-secondary foreign institutions attended. The Admissions Committee will use this document to guide them in their decisions for international students. When the committee recommends admission for an international applicant, IUPUI’s office of International Affairs will conduct their own evaluation to finalize the admission process.

Admission Decisions Questions 

1. When are admissions decisions made?

Applications for the Biostatistics PhD program will be reviewed by the program’s admissions committee after the application deadline. The committee may conduct interviews with applicants. The committee typically begins making admission decisions and notifying applicants of their admission status in March.

2. How are the admissions decisions made?

The admissions committee uses the application material submitted to assess an applicant’s scientific leadership potential and ability to engage in advanced graduate work. In addition, the admissions committee will compare the applicant’s career goals and objectives with the mission of the Biostatistics PhD program.

Post-Acceptance  Questions 

1. I received notification that I have been accepted to the Biostatistics PhD program. Do I have to return the enclosed 'Intent to Accept / Decline' form?

Yes, you are required to complete and return the "Intent to Accept / Decline" by the deadline indicated on the form.

2. I was accepted to the Biostatistics PhD program. Do I need to meet with my Graduate Advisor prior to enrolling in courses?

Yes. A faculty advisor will be assigned to you upon acceptance into the program. You will need to talk with your advisor before registering for classes in the fall. If you are unable to meet in person, you can make an appointment for a telephone conversation.

3. If accepted to your program, how do I register for classes?

Students register for classes online through a program called OneStart. Registration details will be sent to all incoming students over the summer.

4. Can I begin a PhD program in the spring semester?

Applications for PhD programs are only reviewed once per year, after the program deadline. Students are expected to begin the program the following fall.  In special circumstances other arrangements may be possible.

Housing Information 

1. Is housing provided by the university?

The on-campus housing options include campus apartments, residence halls, and townhomes. The following website provide information regarding housing:


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