MS Admission Requirements

Admission to the MS program in Biostatistics is made by the Admissions Committee of the Department of Biostatistics with the concurrence of the faculty. Recommendations for admission are then forwarded to the KUMC Office of Graduate Studies for final processing. Each applicant is notified of the admission decision in writing. Qualified students are admitted without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, age, or disability.

Minimum Requirements

To pursue the MS program, the applicant must meet the general KUMC requirements for admission to Graduate Studies. The minimum requirements for admission into the MS in Biostatistics program are:

  1. A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution.
  2. An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or better is required for regular admission status. Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be considered for admission under provisional status.
  3. B average in calculus I-III (or equivalent).
  4. Successful completion of a course in any computer programming language.
  5. Successful completion of at least one of the following courses: linear algebra, differential equations, numerical analysis.

An applicant meeting the fore going standards is referred to the Biostatistics admissions committee for approval or disapproval. Approval for admission is good for up to 12 months from the approved date for admission. Failure to enroll during this time will require a new application if admission is desired.

A student is required upon admission to purchase a laptop meeting the minimum departmental specifications: 1.86 Ghz Intel Dual core or equivalent, Windows XP or Windows 7 (recommended) operating system, 4 GB RAM, 80 GB hard drive, wireless capabilities 802.11g. If a student is applying for financial aid, they should wait until the academic year begins before purchasing the laptop in order for the cost to be covered by financial aid funds.

Transfer of Graduate Credits

Within the guidelines established by the KUMC Office of Graduate Studies, six hours of graduate credit taken at a regionally accredited graduate school may be transferred and applied to the MS degree, pending approval of the Curriculum Committee.


For questions regarding the MS in Biostatistics program, contact:

Jo Wick, Ph.D.
Assistant Director of Graduate Education, Department of Biostatistics
(913) 588-4790

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