Admissions and Tuition

Persons wishing to take courses in the Master of Biostatistics Program, even on a non-degree basis, must be admitted to the program.  The program welcomes applications from students holding a bachelor's degree (or the equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree) from an accredited institution.

The application for the 2022-2023 year will open September 8th, 2021 and close on January 4th, 2022.

In addition to the prerequisite bachelor's degree, all applicants must submit an online application, a non-refundable $80.00 application fee, official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, and three letters of recommendation. GRE scores are usually required for admission to the program however, in consideration of difficulties presented by the global pandemic, reporting GRE scores will be optional for the Fall 2022 application. International applicants must also submit official scores on an English language proficiency test, such as TOEFL, IELTS, or DUOLINGO.

Graduate students in good standing and actively matriculating in other degree programs are eligible for expedited admission and enrollment in selected Master of Biostatistics courses, subject to constraints imposed by course prerequisites and class size limitations.

The sub-sections listed below serve as a checklist of required application materials and provide answers to frequently asked questions. 

Students are responsible for ensuring that they have the means to support themselves and the ability to pay tuition and fees due the university.  Financial assistance for the Master of Biostatistics Program can take the form of program scholarships, paid assistantships, and federal need-based financial aid packages. The Master of Biostatistics Program does not require you to submit a separate application to apply for departmental scholarship. Duke employees may be eligible for the university’s Employee Tuition Assistance Program. More information about financial support for the Master of Biostatistics Program and general financial aid is available at the Office of Financial Aid.  

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for the 2020-2021 academic year is $18,739.00 per semester, for full-time study (9 credits or more). All applicants accepted to the Master of Biostatistics Program will automatically be considered for a limited number of partial tuition scholarships for our program. An applicant's completed application materials will serve as their scholarship application.

Below is a summary of the estimated costs for the 2020-2021 academic year for the Master of Biostatistics Program.

Tuition and Fees 9 Months
Tuition  $37,478
Application Fee1 $80
Insurance2+ $3,535
Student Health Fee $860
Graduate Student Activity Fee+ $44
Graduate Student Services Fee $20
Recreation Fee $332
Transcript Fee1 $120


Other Expenses - Estimated


Books, Computer, and Supplies $365
Rent (includes utilities) $10,404
Food  $3,330
Transportation $1,656
Miscellaneous  $3,600
  1. Paid one time only.
  2. Health Insurance is a tiered rate based on age. This is the estimated rate for ages 26 to 34.


All accepted applicants for full-time study in the Master of Biostatistics Program are automatically considered for limited tuition scholarships on a competitive basis from the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics. (No separate application for financial aid is necessary.)  Our program scholarship funds are limited, and the available amount varies from year to year.


Assistantships may become available at any time. However, the number of available opportunities depends on the needs of the groups who are hiring and the fit of the student to those positions.

Federal Financial Aid

Qualified students may be eligible for unsubsidized Federal Direct Stafford loans up to $20,500 and the Federal Direct PLUS Loan up to the cost of education. The unsubsidized Federal Direct Stafford Loan interest rate and the Federal Direct PLUS Loan interest rate are both fixed rates. More information about the Federal Direct Stafford Loan and the Federal Direct PLUS Loan can be found on the Duke Financial Aid website.

To be considered for federal financial aid, eligible students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA). The School of Medicine’s federal school code for the FAFSA is 002920. More information, including specific eligibility requirements, about federal need-based financial aid can be found on the FAFSA website.  Federal financial aid is not available to international students. 

Work Study

As the School of Medicine does not receive funding for work study, our students are ineligible for the university’s work study program.