Biostatistics Graduate Program

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Application Process

Ideal applicants hold a Bachelor’s degree, have taken three semesters of college calculus (through multivariable calculus), one semester of linear algebra, and a class in introductory statistics. Students must submit a CV, statement of purpose detailing their interest in biostatistics, transcripts, GRE scores, and three letters of recommendation. Students are encouraged to highlight their strong quantitative and analytical potential, and strong communication skills (verbal and written).

The following documents are required for your application to be complete:

CV Current Curriculum Vitae
Statement of Purpose In essay format, tell us why you want to study Biostatistics. Essay should be 1-2 pages; font must be at least 11 point.
Test Scores Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required for all applicants and must be from within the past five years. TOEFL scores are required for all international students who do not have a degree from a US institution of higher learning. Official scores are required; however, unofficial copies are sufficient until the official scores arrive. Your scores should be sent to institution code 1871.
Letters of Recommendation Recommendation letters (minimum of 3 and maximum of 5), including at least one letter from a mentor who can comment on your research capabilities, are required. The names of your recommenders must be submitted during the applications process. We do not accept letters directly from applicants.
Transcripts Transcripts should be uploaded during the application process. Two copies of your official transcripts are required; however, unofficial copies are sufficient until an offer of admission is received.
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Application Deadline Department of Biostatistics application deadline: January 13, 2017. All applications received by the deadline will be reviewed. Any application received after the deadline will be considered on a rolling basis dependent upon space and funding availability.
Application Fee There is no fee to apply. For a number of years, Vanderbilt has not charged an application fee for programs in the Graduate School. It is our goal that all individuals regardless of socioeconomic status are encouraged to apply for consideration for one of our programs.

For questions about the application process or the program itself, please email either the Graduate Program Coordinator, Amanda Harding, or the Program Director, Jeffrey D. Blume, at:

Vanderbilt University is committed to principals of equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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