The MSBDS and MSIBS application opens on September 1, 2021 and closes on January 31, 2022. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early. For questions about our application process, please contact OHIDS-Education@wustl.edu.
In addition to the online application, you will be required to submit:
- Statement of Purpose
Your statement should include previous professional or research experience, current professional interests, and long-term career goals. Please also explain how you became interested in the degree program and how it will help you to achieve your goals. The Statement of Purpose should adequately explain these areas and should not exceed two pages.
- CV or résumé
- Three academic letters of recommendation
At least two letters should be from recent academic advisors or instructors preferably related to coursework in statistics, math, or statistical programming. A letter from a research mentor is also acceptable.
- Documentation of degrees and transcripts
Unofficial transcripts are sufficient for initial application review. However, if admitted, official transcripts of all academic work at the higher education level are to be submitted either electronically to OHIDS-Education@wustl.edu (preferred) or in a sealed envelope sent directly by the university to the address below. Transcripts must include the grading scale. If a grading scale is not included, Washington University in St. Louis’ grading scale will be used to evaluate course grades. A grade of C or better is required for all pre-requisite courses.
- Official TOEFL or IELTS scores **
The TOEFL or IELTS is required for all international applicants. See waiver eligibility requirements below. If you already have notification of your score, please attach a copy with your application. The test must have been taken within the last 2 years and the official score sent directly to Washington University (the code is 6929).
All international students will be asked to participate in a virtual interview before a final admission decision is made. Upon arrival, all international students are tested for English proficiency by the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) and may be required to take English as Second Language courses at their own expense.
English Proficiency Standards for Admission to Washington University in St. Louis
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires universities admitting international students to verify that each nonnative English-speaking student has sufficient English language proficiency to succeed in the academic program. Therefore, admitting departments must present proof of this level of proficiency for each nonnative English-speaking student before visa eligibility documents can be processed by the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS).
Fulfilling the USCIS Requirement
To fulfill this requirement, applicants must take the TOEFL iBT or IELTS Academic and provide an official score report showing a score at or above the following minimum levels:
University minimum OHIDS minimum* TOEFL iBT 90 100 IELTS Academic 6.5 7.0
For an applicant’s official test score to be valid for the purpose of English proficiency certification, the applicant must take the test less than two years before requesting that the score be reported to the university.
* Programs With High English Communication Demands
For programs whose students will serve as associates in instruction, do extensive reading and writing, complete a practicum or clinical experience, or otherwise meet a particularly high standard of English proficiency, departments are encouraged to establish a minimum score of 100 on the TOEFL iBT or 7 on the IELTS Academic module.
** The Duolingo English Test will be temporarily accepted for students admitted for the academic year 2022-2023 due to the pandemic. A score of 115 is the required minimum for the Duolingo English Test in order for applicants to be considered for admission. Students submitting scores from Duolingo must also complete testing upon arrival within the school to determine if they need additional English courses.
Waiving the English Proficiency Test Requirement
The English proficiency test requirement is waived for citizens of Australia, Commonwealth Caribbean nations, Ghana, India, Ireland, Kenya, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe. It may also be waived for students who have completed three or more years of study in an approved English-medium academic program in any of the above countries, Canada, Hong Kong, South Africa, or the United States.If a student has completed three or more years of study in an English-medium university-level academic program in a country other than the ones listed above, the admitting department will need to request a waiver on a case-by-case basis. In this case, the department is responsible for providing documentation to support this request (e.g., proof of appropriate minimum English proficiency standards at that university).
- Application Fee
A $50.00 non-refundable processing fee is payable by credit card in the application process.Fee waivers are available for:
– WUSTL current students and employees
– WUSTL alumni– U.S. veterans and U.S. military service members– Participants in BIDS@I2 summer research internship program– U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents with demonstrated financial need
Fee waivers are also granted to applicants from the following programs: McNair, LSAMP, Fulbright, AmeriCorps, Vista/Peace Corps, Teach for America.
An application must be started before requesting a waiver. If you believe you may qualify for a waiver, please email OHIDS-Education@wustl.edu.
- Please note that GRE scores are not required to apply and thus will not be considered during application review.
All supporting documents should be sent to:
Special Programs Administrator
Office of Health Information and Data Science
Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine
660 S. Euclid Ave, Campus Box 8067
St. Louis, MO 63110, USA