Biostatistics (FM76)

Welcome! The Division of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health (FMPH) offers a masters degree in Biostatistics. This UCSD graduate program is housed within the Department of FMPH, in the School of Medicine.

There is a growing demand for MS-level biostatisticians in academic medical centers, in government agencies, and in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. The UCSD Biostatistics MS program emphasizes both didactic and experiential learning. We aim to train the next generation of biostatisticians in the mathematical theory, computational skills, and inferential methods needed to analyze complex data, and to bring innovative and cutting-edge developments from the theoretical data sciences into the practical world of tools and methods for biomedical data analysis. Our program is distinguished by its interdisciplinary nature and collaboration with UCSD's world-class biomedical research environment. Our program integrates rigorous data science theory and methods, training in practical collaborative skills, and use of rich sources of data from many areas of the biomedical sciences.

Program Info

Area of Study
Department Biostatistics
Major Biostatistics
Degree Master of Science
Admissions Terms Fall
Application Deadlines February 20, 2019 (Fall 2019)

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

GRE General is required.

English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Three letters of recommendation; at least two should address academic and/or professional qualifications for pursuing a MS program in biostatistics. If more than three are received, the first three received will be reviewed.

Statement of Purpose


Your statement of purpose and objectives (500-1000 word limit suggested) should address all of the following items:

1) Describe those experiences that have shaped your interest in biostatistics.
2) Outline your professional goals, both immediate and long term.
3) Discuss the strengths you bring with you, including work and other experiences which you feel makes you more likely to succeed in this program
4) Discuss why you are interested in the Biostatistics MS program offered in the School of Medicine (Division of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, UCSD)
5) Describe the one academic experience that has meant the most to you in your educational career.



Additional Requirements

1. Transcripts (official transcripts will be required if admitted into the program)
GPA >= 3.0 required for admission.

2. List of mathematics and statistics courses taken/projected as well as textbooks used and grade earned. (Can be in table format)

Contact Info

Campus Office UCtr 202; Office 442
9500 Gilman Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92093
Phone 858-246-2595
Mailing Address
Melody Bazyar
Department of Family Medicine and Public Health
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, mailcode 0725
La Jolla, CA 92093-0725