Biostatistics (CERT)

Admission Requirements

  • Graduate application submitted to the Graduate School
  • Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in basic sciences, economics, psychology, or in a closely related discipline from an accredited institution. The curriculum must contain a statistics or biostatistics course at the sophomore level or higher and at least two courses in basic sciences.
  • Preferred minimum GPA is 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • At least two letters of recommendation written within past twelve months, submitted as part of the application.
  • Non-refundable application fee.
  • Postsecondary transcripts. Transcripts from institutions outside of the United States will require a foreign credential evaluation.
  • Proficiency in English language is a requirement and a key to the success in the program.  English language proficiency is established by one of the following:
    • TOEFL examination score at or above 213 (computer based test) and 79 (internet based test)
    • IELTS test score of 6.5 or higher
    • Duolingo test score of 105 or higher
    • ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) certification
    • Successful completion of the exit examination for the advanced level of an Intensive English as a Second Language Program
    • Demonstration of a degree awarded from an institution with instruction primarily in English, as formally documented by an appropriate institutional official.  

Application Deadline

Fall semester – July 1 (International applicants); July 25 (Domestic applicants).

Spring semester – Applications are not accepted.

Summer semester – April 1 (International applicants); April 15 (Domestic applicants).

  • Only students interested in eventually pursuing the MS in Biostatistics should seek Summer admission. No Certificate courses are offered in the Summer term, only our Math Tools remedial calculus courses.

Information contact:

Dr. Doug Lorenz


The curriculum calls for completing 15-16 credit hours using courses listed below. 

Certificate Requirements

Biostatistics Coursework
PHST 680Biostatistical Methods I3
PHST 681Biostatistical Methods II3
PHST 620Introduction to Statistical Computing3
PHST 684Categorical Data Analysis 13
Choose one of the following:3-4
Statistical Methods for Research Design in Health Sciences
Clinical Trials I: Planning and Design
Clinical Trials II
Minimum Total Hours15-16

If a student chooses to pursue the Master of Science (MS) in Biostatistics degree after enrolling in or completing the Biostatistics Certificate program, then all relevant coursework completed within the preceding five years with a grade of B or better may be applied towards the coursework for the MS in Biostatistics degree.


Course requires the completion of  PHST 680 as a prerequisite.