Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biostatistics
All materials must be received by the application deadline to be considered for admission
Applicants are required to complete the online Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) application. All application materials need to be submitted through SOPHAS.
Applicants must hold a Master of Science or Master of Arts in Biostatistics, Statistics or equivalent degree (e.g. Biostatistics MPH plus courses in mathematical statistics at the Master’s level, and matrix algebra and mathematical analysis at the Bachelor’s level [equivalent to UNL STAT 882 & 883, MATH 314, and MATH 325]) from a recognized college or university.
Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities demonstrating a minimum GPA of 3.0 or above in previous coursework.
SOPHAS | P.O. Box 9111 | Watertown, MA 02471
617-612-2090 | Email | Website
- This applies to current or former UNMC students.
- Photocopies of transcripts will not be accepted.
- WES reports should be sent directly from WES to SOPHAS.
- Please ensure that you enter your SOPHAS ID number on your WES evaluation request to ensure your evaluation can be matched to your application.
Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation from academic or professional references. Two letters must be from faculty members from the applicant’s previous program who can attest to the applicant’s ability to pursue successfully a Ph.D. program in Biostatistics. The remaining letter may be an academic or professional reference.
Statement of Intent
A statement of intent which supports interest areas and career goals.
Resume or CV
A resume or curriculum vitae.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) - GRE Institutional Code 0695
- GRE scores should be sent by ETS directly to SOPHAS using the UNMC COPH SOPHAS GRE Code: 0695
- Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores taken within the last five years are required of all applicants. Many factors are considered in evaluating an individual's application, but many successful applicants will have verbal, quantitative, and analytic writing GRE scores at or above the 40th percentile.
- GRE Waiver Policy
Applicants to the UNMC College of Public Health (COPH) MPH Program may request a waiver from the GRE if they fulfill at least one of the following criteria:
- They have been conferred a graduate or terminal degree (for example M.S., M.A., M.D., Pharm.D., Ph.D.), from a regionally-accredited U.S. institution of higher education.
- Completed a UNMC Public Health Certificate and earned a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.25 and no less than a B in any course.
- Have three years of full-time career experience post completion of a bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA of 3.5.
Applicants are advised that the GRE waiver is not automatic and an approved GRE Waiver application does not guarantee later acceptance into the program. Those requesting a GRE waiver are encouraged to do so prior to formally applying through SOPHAS. To apply for the GRE waiver, applicants will need to submit the following items via email to email@example.com:
- GRE Waiver Application Form
- Scanned copies of all college or university transcripts (official or unofficial are acceptable)
- A current resume or CV
TOEFL or IELTS Scores
Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS scores are required of all applicants whose primary language is not English or whose undergraduate degree is from a college or university outside of the United States.
- A minimum TOEFL score of 550-paper; 213-computer; 80-Internet.
- TOEFL scores must have been earned within two years
priorthe desired term of entry.
- Educational Testing Services (ETS) send official scores to the SOPHAS TOEFL code: 5688.
- Official IELTS scores should be sent directly to the UNMC College of Public Health. The minimum score requirement is 7.
UNMC College of Public Health Admissions
984355 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4359
UNMC College of Public Health
984359 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE. 68198-4359
Department of Biostatistics
Gleb Haynatzki, PhD
Graduate Program Chair