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Prospective Students: Program Overview

In addition to challenging Programs of Study, the Biostatistics Department offers students a variety of benefits:

The University: The University of Washington was founded in 1861 and is the oldest public institution of higher education on the Pacific Coast. The University enrolls approximately 42,000 students in a variety of fields, including arts and sciences, business administration, dentistry, education, engineering, fisheries, forest resources, law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. The Graduate School has approximately 8,500 students and 1,900 faculty members. Comprehensive intercollegiate and intramural athletic programs are offered, as is a range of performing arts and cultural programs. The beautiful green main campus encompasses 680 acres and is bordered on the east by Lake Washington and on the south by Lake Union. The University of Washington is ranked among the top twenty universities in the United States and is a center of academic excellence in the Northwest.

Research Facilities: The extensive University of Washington library system includes separate specialized libraries in natural sciences, mathematics, fisheries and oceanography, chemistry, and medicine. The Health Sciences Library is located in the same building as the Department of Biostatistics and has a research-level collection in biostatistics. The Department of Biostatistics maintains several computing facilities dedicated to student use. These include a 20-node Linux cluster and an 8-way 64-bit Linux host for analyses requiring large memory sizes. Student offices can be provisioned with desktop computers (most student prefer to use their personal laptops) and all computers are tied into the UW network. Free use of other campus host computers and of the Health Sciences Library PC Lab is also available.

Location: Seattle, the largest city in Washington, is situated between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, with the Olympic Mountains to the west and the Cascade mountain range to the east. The city combines the cultural attributes of a dynamic and diverse urban setting (for example, outstanding restaurants, live music, theater/literary arts, dance, and the visual arts) with outdoor activities, such as public "P-Patch" Gardens, boating, skiing, rock climbing, and hiking. Seattle has professional sports teams as well as amateur leagues in all sports. City parks are numerous and located in all areas of the city. Bike lanes and bus transportation are good.

Student Group and Activities: There are typically about 80 students in the graduate program, of these, around 30 will be international students. Students have numerous opportunities to participate on department committees, including the Alumni Relations, Student/Faculty Relations, and Communications Committees. There are several formal department-sponsored social events throughout the year, including pizza parties, the spring potluck, and an annual department retreat every autumn. The students are a conhesive and supportive group with exam study sessions, trivia nights, impromptu road trips, a weekly student research seminar and intramural sports teams.

Student Personal Webpages: Personal webpages for current students in the Department of Biostatistics. Learn about their research activities, and more.

Cost of Study: Information about tuition and fees is available on-line at: Tuition Overview and Tuition & Fee Calculator.

Cost of Living: Information about on-campus and off-campus housing is available on-line at: Student Life. In general, the neighborhoods near the UW offer: shared housing, starting at about $650 per month; studio apartments starting at about $850 per month; one-bedroom apartments starting at about $950 per month, and two-bedroom apartments at $1100 per month.

Additional Information: please see New Student Information for detailed information on studying at the UW and living in Seattle.

Financial Support: Teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and traineeships (fellowships) are available for student support during the academic year. Traineeships are restricted to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. (Trainees received a stipend plus partial remission of tuition and fees.) Ph.D. students are supported by RA and/or TA appointments and do not pay tuition. (They are only responsible for the UW student fees.) MS students are not supported and are responsible for their tuition and fees. MS Funding Award: one-two MS students per year may be admitted with an offer of funding based on their previous record and potential for future contributions to the field. (This decision is made during admissions and all MS applicants are considered.)

Applying to the Program: Please visit the Application section of this website for further information and instructions on applying to the Graduate Program in Biostatistics. Applications are welcomed from students with an undergraduate or master's degree in mathematics, statistics, or a biological sciences field. Applications for the fall term should be submitted by December 1 of the prior year.

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Please direct all application inquiries to:

  • Alex (Alexandra) MacKenzie, Applications and Curriculum Coordinator, Room H-655 HSB, 206-616-6790,
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