PhD in Biostatistics

Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Biostatistics 

Application Deadlines

All materials must be received by the application deadline to be considered for admission

Term *Priority International Domestic
Fall January 15 January 31 June 1

*Student that would like to be considered for an assistantship should apply by the January 15 Early Decision deadline.

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Admission Requirements


Applicants are required to complete the online Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) applicationAll application materials need to be submitted through SOPHAS.


Applicants must hold at least a BS in Mathematics, Statistics or equivalent degree.  Applicants with MPH in Biostatistics will be considered if they had college-level Calculus I, Calculus II, Multivariate Calculus, and Linear/Matrix Algebra, 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.

Domestic or US Transcripts
Must be sent from the institution's Registrar’s Office directly to SOPHAS at the following address:
SOPHAS Mailing and Contact Information
SOPHAS | P.O. Box 9111 | Watertown, MA 02471
617-612-2090 | Email | Website
International Transcripts
All non-US transcripts must be evaluated by the World Education Service (WES) using their ICAP Course-by-course evaluation service.  For further instructions, you may visit

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 PhD 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

*Temorary Supension of GRE Requirement:  The GRE requirement for the PhD in Biostatistics has been suspended for the Fall 2022 application cycle.  


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.

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Contact Information

UNMC College of Public Health
984359 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE. 68198-4359
Phone: 402-552-9867

Department of Biostatistics

Chris Wichman, PhD
Graduate Program Director
Phone: 402-559-8407


Mary Morris
Department of Biostatistics
Phone: 402-559-4112