PhD in Epidemiology

Application Requirements Quick Reference List


Fall 2016:

December 1, 2015.



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.


None required.

Standardized Test Scores

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

Reporting Codes


Institution Code: 3101*
Department Code: Any

In addition, international applicants must submit an English language proficiency exam. Applicants may submit the TOEFL or IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS exams are considered valid for two (2) years from the date the exam was administered.

Academic Transcripts or WES ICAP Evaluation
Applicants must submit official transcripts for all registered coursework from each college or university attended. The SOPHAS Official Transcript Request Form must be included with each transcript. 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. International applicants should submit a WES ICAP evaluation.

If you are currently in a degree program, you are required to submit a current official transcript of courses completed and 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.

Three (3) 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.
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 SPH as well as any personal qualities, characteristics, and skills they believe will enable them to be a successful epidemiologist.
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