Temple University

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

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MS in Epidemiology Admissions

The MS in Epidemiology degree requires 30 credits of course work, plus completion of a 6 credit Master’s thesis (for a total degree requirement of 36 credits). The MS degree can be completed in 2 academic years by full time students and in 3 academic years by part time students. Students will be granted up to 6 credits of advanced standing credit for course work completed through the CDC or a CEPH accredited public health program, some of which are offered as intensive summer courses. 

Applying to this program

  • Deadline: March 1
  • SOPHAS: Required
  • Temple University Supplemental Application: Required
  • GPA: Required; 3.0 minimum
  • GRE:  Required; 50th percentile or higher
  • TOEFL: Required; 79 iBT or 550 PBT minimum
  • College Level Transcripts: Required
  • References: Required; three, professional/academic
  • Resume: Required
  • Statement of Goals: Required; approximately 500 to 1,000 words include your interest in the MS in Epidemiology program, your research area of interest, research goals and experience, current quantitative skills, future career goals, and academic and research achievements
  • Interview: Not required

Program Prerequisites 

  • Proficiency in statistical programming and a minimum of 6 credits of undergraduate quantitative and/or analytical methods (statistics, research design, etc.) are required

Other information 

  • Test Waivers: Postdoctoral applicants who hold a terminal degree from an accredited US institution may request a waiver of the GRE
  • Culminating Events: The master's thesis documents the student's independent research and demonstrates mastery of her/his primary area of interest. Thesis research is conducted under the direct supervision of an academic advisor. The specific topic for research should be of current interest in the professional community. After a research topic is selected, the student performs preliminary background research. A thesis proposal is then submitted describing the plan for further steps toward completion of the proposed research. The student may continue the research only after the proposal is approved by the committee. Presentation of methods and study results is conducted upon completion of the thesis.