Admissions and Tuition

All 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. In addition to the prerequisite bachelor's degree, all applicants must submit an online application, a non-refundable $75 application fee, official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the last five years, and three letters of recommendation. International applicants must also submit official scores on an English language proficiency test.

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 2017-2018 academic year is $18,011.50 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.

Students are responsible for ensuring that they have the means to support themselves and the ability to pay tuition and fees due the university. Below is a summary of the estimated costs for the 2017-2018 academic year for the Master of Biostatistics Program.

Tuition and Fees 9 Months
Tuition $36,023
Application Fee1 $75
Insurance2+ $2,525
Student Health Fee $794
Graduate Student Activity Fee+ $36
Graduate Student Services Fee $20
Recreation Fee $287
Transcript Fee1 $60

 

Other Expenses - Estimated

 

Books, Computer, and Supplies3 $2,500
Rent (includes utilities) $8,712
Food ($507/month) $4,680
Transportation $1,755
Miscellaneous ($380 month) $3,447
  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.
  3. Includes the one-time purchase of a computer. Books and supplies typically range around $400 per semester. + Estimated total and subject to change.

Scholarships

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. A typical scholarship offer is partial and is limited to the student’s first year. 

Assistantships

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.

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.