Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies

The Graduate School

Master of Science in Epidemiology and Biostatistics


405 Church Street

Evanston, IL 60208

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

This one-year, full-time program trains postdoctoral and predoctoral scientists to apply current methods of epidemiology and biostatistics to conduct research on a range of health problems facing the population. All students share a common three-quarter core series in epidemiology and biostatistics, data management and programming, and training in the ethical conduct of research. Students on the thesis track receive additional training in scientific writing, and a practical course in research management and students on the analyst track undertake coursework on sophisticated statistical methods. Thesis track students are required to produce a an original manuscript or meta-analysis in a style acceptable for a peer reviewed journal or a research grant in the style of a National Institutes of Health investigator-initiated project (typically only thesis track students holding prior doctoral degrees choose this option). Analyst track students complete a comprehensive examination focused on the application of epidemiologic and biostatistical methods and engage in a statistical consulting experience. The relatively small number of students in our program encourages close interaction between students and faculty in the Department who have ongoing research programs and collaborations across the university. Postdoctoral students will leave our program prepared to seek grant funding and faculty positions in fields related to population science. Predoctoral students will leave prepared to support ongoing research efforts by serving as statistical analysts or project coordinators or as a basis for future doctoral level studies in medicine, epidemiology or biostatistics. Classes begin in mid-June (Summer quarter) and run through the following Spring.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

International Student Requirements:

If your native language is not English, you must certify your proficiency in the English language in one of the following ways: Provide official scores for either the TOEFL or IELTS exam. The test must be taken no more than two years before the desired quarter of entry. For the TOEFL, you must score 600 or higher on the paper-based test, 250 or higher on the computer-based test, or 100 or higher on the internet based test. For the IELTS, you must receive a score of 7.0 or higher. Provide official transcripts verifying an undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year institution or equivalent, where the language of instruction is English. Provide official transcripts verifying a graduate degree from an accredited institution where the language of instruction is English.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 14

In State Tuition (per year): 60160 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 60160 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: Students in master's degree programs may qualify for federal or private loans. Graduate students should direct their financial aid eligibility questions to the Chicago Office of Financial Aid at 312-503-8722.

Locale: Midsize City

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