How much are tuition and fees for the Biostatistics PhD program?
Is financial support available for students in the Biostatistics PhD program?
The Program offers financial support to qualified students in the form of Teaching or Research Assistantships (TA, & RA) or in the form of University Fellowships. In addition, supported students receive a fee scholarship, which remits most of the tuition costs and payment of the mandatory student health insurance premium. Student’s financial support may be renewed for up to ten semesters, provided that the recipient is making satisfactory progress toward the degree and is discharging the teaching or research assignment in a quality and professional manner. Because the objective of the financial support of the stipend and fee scholarship is to provide the student with the opportunity to devote a full-time effort to their studies and research responsibilities, it is expected that recipients will not hold any outside employment.
To qualify for a Teaching Assistantship, foreign students must take the SPEAK (oral English proficiency) exam administered by the IUPUI ESL program. Students who do not pass the exam enroll in G020, Communication Skills for TAs, before retaking this exam.
Each semester the responsibilities of a teaching assistant will involve teaching related assignments (instruction, recitation, tutoring and or grading) of up to 20 hours per week during the Fall and Spring Semesters plus one of the six-weeks summer sessions. Vacation time to those receiving such assignments is dictated by the academic calendar and is not to exceed 4 weeks per academic year.
Students whose performance as a TA is unsatisfactory will be notified; if, at the end of the following semester, sufficient improvement has not been made, support will be terminated.
Some faculty of the program may have research grants that include a 12-month stipend, tuition remission, and fees for graduate students assigned to work on the funded research project. The availability of research assistantships will vary each year among the investigators and the funded research projects in the departments. Awards are usually not made by the Department but are rather arranged with the major professor serving as PI or the leading investigator of the funded research project.
Students supported in this manner are expected to devote up to 20 hours per week to their assigned responsibilities in the funded research project(s) during the year. Vacation time to those receiving such assignments, must be pre-arranged with the RA supervisor and is not to exceed 4 weeks per year.
Students whose performance as RA on the assigned funded research project(s) is insufficient will be notified and given one semester to correct the deficiency, or support will be terminated.
Ph.D. students with outstanding credentials may receive competitive, first year IUPUI Fellowships. Stipends may vary from the usual Program’s support levels but students are guaranteed these levels of stipend as a minimum, after the first year, contingent on their satisfactory performance. All first year Fellowships come with fee remission and graduate student health insurance.
Do Biostatistics PhD students have the option of enrolling full-time or part-time?
Is the Biostatistics PhD program offered online?
I would like to meet with the Biostatistics PhD program director. Is that possible?
How many students do you admit each year?
Is there a time limit for courses that may be applied toward a Biostatistics PhD program?
How long do I have to complete the PhD program?
What is the application deadline for Biostatistics PhD program?
Will my application still be considered if it is submitted after the deadline?
What are the requirements for admission?
- Applicants must have at least a B (3.00 GPA) average in courses taken during the last two years of their earlier degree studies, and a grade of B+ (3.50 GPA) in courses required as prerequisites for the program.
- Students entering this program should have a minimal mathematics background consisting of an undergraduate course sequence in univariate and multivariate calculus (equivalent to MATH 16500, 16600 and 26100 at IUPUI) and a course in linear algebra (including matrix theory). In addition, applicants should have had a calculus-based undergraduate level course in probability or statistics. Prospective applicants who do not have this background must acquire it prior to admission to the program.
- Applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test, and those whose native language is not English must also take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a score of 570 (or 230 on the computer version of the test, or 79 on the internet based test).
How do I apply for admission?
You can apply online to our Biostatistics PhD program via SOPHAS, the centralized Schools of Public Health Application Service, http://sophas.org.
Remember to designate the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health as one of your school choices along with your desired program.
Where should my recommendation letters be sent?
What supporting documents are required for admission to the Biostatistics PhD program?
- Official transcripts from all U.S. colleges and universities attended. Transcripts should be submitted directly from the institution.
- World Education Services (WES) ICAP course-by-course evaluation for all post-secondary foreign institutions attended. Go to our International Applicants web page for more information.
- Current resume or CV
- GRE or other graduate exam test scores. GRE scores, sent directly from the testing service (ETS) to SOPHAS. The Fairbanks School of Public Health SOPHAS code for the GRE is 0167.
- TOEFL scores for applicants whose first language was not English. The SOPHAS TOEFL code is 5688.
I have graduate degree, and I took the GRE before being admitted to that program. Do I have to take the GRE again?
Can I submit a paper application?
In addition to applying for SOPHAS, will I also need to apply to IUPUI?
What is the application cost?
How can I check on my application status?
What is the IUPUI Institution Code for the GRE and TOEFL?
Is the GRE subject test required?
Can I send photocopies of my test scores?
If I applied for or graduated from another graduate program at Indiana University, do I have to have my test scores sent from the testing service again?
I have degrees and/or coursework from Indiana University. Do I need to have my IU transcripts sent to apply for the PhD program?
If I have a Master's degree from an American university, do I have to submit scores for the TOEFL exam?
Is it necessary for me to take the English Placement test?
I would like to know if my degree is the equivalent of an American university B.A. or B.S. degree. Can you tell me if I can be admitted with my current degree?
When are admissions decisions made?
How are the admissions decisions made?
I received notification that I have been accepted to the Biostatistics PhD program. Do I have to return the enclosed 'Intent to Accept / Decline' form?
I was accepted to the Biostatistics PhD program. Do I need to meet with my graduate advisor prior to enrolling in courses?
How do I register for classes?
Can I begin a PhD program in the spring semester?
Is housing provided by the university?
What professional associations are available for me to join?
AMS/MAA/SIAM Career Site
American Mathematical Society (AMS)
Mathematical Association of American (MAA)
Association of Women in Mathematics (AWM)
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
Society of Actuaries (SOA)
Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS)
American Statistical Association (ASA)
ASA - Indiana Chapter
Where can I find career and employment opportunities?
From the American Statistical Association (ASA).
American Statistical Association
Jobs & Interships
From the American Statistical Association
From the Institute of Mathematical Statistics
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