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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.
Application Complete Application at:   https://apply.vanderbilt.edu/apply/
Application Deadline Department of Biostatistics application deadline: January 15, 2019. 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 The Graduate School application fee is $95.00. After you submit your application online, you will see instructions to pay the fee with a credit or debit card via a secure payment portal.
Application Fee Waivers 1.) Fee waivers can be obtained for any student who has performed biological or biomedically-oriented research which has been supported by the NIH, the NSF, or any other agency/private foundation within the United States.

2.) Additional waivers of the application fee will be considered upon request for US citizens and permanent residents if they have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 in their last program of enrollment AND meet at least on of the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated financial need (Pell Grant eligible)
  • Participated in a designated Vanderbilt-sponsored program/activity prior to January deadline1
  • Participated in a designated fellowship, research, or training program1

1Please visit the graduate school application fee website for a list of qualifying programs                                             https://gradschool.vanderbilt.edu/admissions/application/index.php

For questions about the application process or the program itself, please email the Graduate Program Manager, Molly Knowlton at: molly.knowlton@vanderbilt.edu.

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