Provide an essay of approximately 750 words describing past education, experience and current professional career objectives. It is encouraged to comment on any or all of the following: plans to use education and training, the needs and/or challenges perceived as important in a field of study, and any personal qualities, characteristics and skills believed that will enable success in chosen field of study.
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.
International applicants must submit a World Education Services (WES) ICAP course-by-course evaluation for all post-secondary foreign institutions attended. U.S. applicants who studied at foreign institutions as part of a study abroad experience at a U.S. college or university, do not need to provide a WES evaluation of study abroad coursework.
Each applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from persons qualified to assess applicant’s academic work, professional experiences or leadership potential. These letters should be from professional sources that can provide an unbiased, current and critical assessment of an applicant’s abilities, skills, strengths and weaknesses related to successfully completing a doctoral program.
Applicants are required to take the graduate record examination (GRE) general test. If an applicant’s native language is not English, the test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) must also be taken and requires a score of 570 (or 230 on the computer version of the test, or 79 on the internet based test). Final admission decisions are made by a faculty admission committee.
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. If applicants do not speak English as a first language, TOEFL scores are required. The SOPHAS TOEFL code is 5688.
Review of Application
Completed applications are carefully reviewed by the biostatistics PhD admissions committee after the program deadline. The committee’s goal is to notify applicants of admission status in March. Applicants may be invited to participate in an interview with several members of the admission’s committee. Interviews may take place live or remotely.
The admissions committee determines each applicant’s acceptance or non-acceptance to the biostatistics PhD program by using the following selection criteria:
Assessed by the applicant’s resume (curriculum vita), personal statement and personal interview.
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.
Assessed by the applicant’s personal statement and personal interview.