The goal of our biostatistics graduate program is to equip students to develop and apply quantitative techniques of mathematics, statistics, and computing appropriate to medicine, biology, and other health science disciplines.


We admit students to our MS, MPH, and PhD programs for Autumn quarter only. The deadline for completed applications is December 1.

Applications for the next admissions cycle will open in August.

Before applying, please make sure to carefully review our application prerequisites and frequently asked questions.

To apply, please submit the following, electronically:

  • Applicant profile and application fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Personal Statement (optional but strongly recommended)
  • GRE score (General Test) reported by ETS (required for all applicants regardless of prior degrees; must be taken within five years of application), and TOEFL score (international applicants*)
  • Three letters of recommendation**
  • Optional: CV/resume if seeking a financial assistantship (RA/TA, Traineeship)
  • Transcripts (submit unofficial copies online)

Please submit files as pdf (no doc, txt, xls, etc).


*The following applicants are exempt from taking the TOEFL: Applicants who hold either a bachelor’s, master's, or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or from an institution in Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, or the United Kingdom.

Applicants who can provide documentation verifying that their undergraduate degree is from an institution (in a country other than those listed above) where all instruction is in English are also exempt. For all others, a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required. Test scores are valid for two years and must be valid on the date the application is submitted. For more information on English language requirements, please see the Graduate School's Memorandum No. 8. Note, the University of Washington Graduate School is phasing out acceptance of IELTS scores, and IELTS results with a test session date after November 1, 2016 will not be accepted. TOEFL scores are strongly preferred.

**If your recommenders prefer to send hard-copy letters, they should be addressed to the Department at the address given above. We STRONGLY encourage recommenders to use the online submission of letters through the Graduate Admissions application website. Mailing hard-copy letters may DELAY the processing of your application.