MS in Epidemiology

Application Deadline

Fall 2014 Admission: Applications are being accepted through March 30th. Please contact Admissions for more information.

Fall 2015 Admission: Applications will be made available in August of 2014 with an expected deadline of February 15th, 2015.


Education: Bachelor’s degree attainment or work in progress. A bachelor’s degree must be conferred before attending SPH.

Experience: None required.

Test Scores Accepted

GRE, MCAT, or GMAT. Please review our test-specific reporting codes.

    Official valid test scores must have been taken within the last 5 years. Applicants may not waive this requirement.

    International applicants must also submit an English language proficiency exam. Applicants may submit the TOEFL or IELTS.

    Statement of Purpose and Objectives

    Applicants are required to submit a statement of purpose and objectives. This statement is intended to give an applicant the opportunity to submit a narrative describing past education and experience, current research interests, and professional career objectives.

    Applicants are encouraged to comment on any or all of the following:

    • plans the applicant has to use the education and training acquired at SPH
    • the needs and/or challenges the applicant perceives as important in public heath research
    • any personal qualities, characteristics, and skills the applicant believes will enable him or her to be successful in a research career

    Official Transcripts

    Applicants must have official transcripts for all registered coursework submitted from each institution directly to SOPHAS using their Official Transcript Request Form. This documentation must be sent from the registrar or designated school records official directly to SOPHAS. Official transcripts will not be accepted from the applicant. Photocopies of official transcripts or unofficial records will not be accepted. International transcripts, including study abroad transcripts, may have additional requirements.

    If you are currently in a degree program, you are required to submit a current official transcript showing completed coursework and all work in progress. If you are accepted for admission, a final official transcript after degree conferral must be submitted directly to Boston University prior to matriculation.

    SPH reserves the right to reevaluate your application for admission upon receipt of the final official transcript.

    Letters of Recommendation

    SPH requires three letters of recommendation for the applicant portfolio to be considered complete. If an applicant has been out of school for less than three years, two of the references should be from academic sources and be able to comment on the applicant’s ability to undertake graduate study. At least one reference should be able to comment on an applicant’s potential/promise as a public health researcher.

    SOPHAS provides an electronic submission process for all letters of recommendation.

    CV or Résumé

    A current résumé or curriculum vitae is required. This document should be uploaded directly to your SOPHAS application.


    Dr. Ann Aschengrau
    Program Director