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Bachelor’s degree (BS/BA) in science, math/statistics, health or a related field. Prior course work in calculus (at least one semester) and a strong introductory biostatistics course is preferred. Prior experience in programming in a statistical language like SAS, R or other is recommended but not required.

  • Grade Point Average: Per the Graduate School at the University of Kentucky, the minimum acceptable graduate GPA is 3.00. However, we anticipate that the majority of successful applicants will have GPAs between 3.25 and 4.00.

  • GRE scores: GRE scores will no longer be required but can be submitted as part of the application.

  • TOEFL scores (for those who are not native English speakers): Per the Graduate School, the minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based).

  • Three letters of recommendation: At least one letter should explicitly address the applicant’s quantitative skills. All three letters should be dated.

  • Statement of purpose: Describe career and dissertation research interests, along with qualifications for study in this program.

Transfer Credits

Per the Graduate School, the maximum that can be transferred is 18 credit hours from a previously awarded master’s degree and 9 credit hours otherwise.