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Epidemiology (MS)

The MS in Epidemiology prepares students for advanced study and research-oriented careers in epidemiology. You will learn to use rigorous epidemiologic methods and analyses to answer pressing public health questions. The program trains you to use statistical computing software; to manage health-related data; to design studies and data analyses; and to interpret and present results.

To learn more about the Master of Science in Epidemiology, visit temple.edu.

Admissions Information

To apply for the Epidemiology MS, you must have a bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Students should be proficient in statistical programming and have a minimum of six undergraduate quantitative or analytical methods credits (statistics, research design, etc.).

Application Components

  1. Application: You will apply using SOPHAS Centralized Application ServiceThe documents required below will all be submitted through the SOPHAS system.
  2. Recommendations: Submit three letters of recommendation from college or university faculty who can speak to your academic abilities. If appropriate for your situation, the letters can also be from research supervisors or mentors.
  3. Goals Statement: Write a 500- to 1,000-word statement of purpose that articulates your interests in public health and this program in particular. Craft your statement to specifically address the following questions:
    • Why are you pursuing this master’s degree program and what are your particular areas of interest in public health?
    • How does the MS in Epidemiology within Temple's Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics best fit your public health interests?
    • What are your career goals and how will this degree help you to achieve these goals?
    • What are your plans in the first few years after graduation?
  4. Writing Sample: Submit a writing sample of no more than 10 pages (unless it is a published work). The department prefers academic papers, scholarly articles and technical reports.
  5. GRE score: The GRE is required, and scores above the 50th percentile on both the verbal and quantitative sections of the test are desired. Official GRE scores should be sent to SOPHAS using code 0151. The GRE requirement may be waived if you have a terminal degree from an accredited institution.
  6. Current résumé: Submit a résumé or CV that includes your GPA, as well as relevant clinical and research experiences.
  7. Official transcripts: All your undergraduate and graduate transcripts are required. Please mail all of your official transcripts to:
    • SOPHAS Transcript Processing Center
    • PO Box 9111
    • Watertown, MA 02471

Additional requirements for international students

  • TOEFL: For applicants whose native language is not English, the TOEFL is required with a minimum score of 79 on the iBT. These scores should be sent officially to SOPHAS using the SOPHAS-specific TOEFL code of: 5688.
  • A WES Evaluation (www.wes.org) is required for applicants who completed their degree outside of the United States. This can be requested and submitted through SOPHAS.

Application Deadlines

Fall term: March 1