PhD in Epidemiology

Application Deadline

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


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

Though the PhD program will consider exceptional candidates with a bachelor’s degree, a graduate degree in a relevant field is highly encouraged.

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

      The personal statement is intended to give applicants the opportunity to submit a narrative describing their past experience and current professional career objectives. The statement should address why the applicant wishes to obtain a doctoral degree in epidemiology and the reasons for pursuing the degree at BUSPH. Applicants are also encouraged to comment on their plans to use the education and training acquired at BUSPH as well as any personal qualities, characteristics, and skills they believe will enable them to be a successful epidemiologist.

      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 all 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

      The PhD program in Epidemiology requires three letters of recommendation for the applicant portfolio to be considered complete. Recommenders should be able to evaluate academic or professional work, the ability to undertake graduate study, and the applicants’ potential as a public health professional/researcher.

      CV or Résumé

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


      Dr. Sherri Stuver
      Program Director