The University of Maryland is offering a PhD program concentrating in Biostatistics and Bioinformatics starting in the 2017-2018 academic year. The new program combines resources from the Mathematics Department and the School of Public Health.

DNA methylation resultsWe are excited to announce our new Biostatistics/Bioinformatics (STAT-BB) program, which is jointly offered with the Department of Mathematics. STAT-BB is operated by the Statistics program within the Department of Mathematics in conjunction with faculty from the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (EPIB) at UMD, Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (CBCB) at UMD, and Division of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (DBB/SOM at UMB). Together, STAT and EPIB faculty makes program admissions decisions, academic policies, and qualifying exams.

Students may select their courses and research area to form an individual plan of study under the guidance of a faculty member from STAT, EPIB, CBCB at UMD or DBB/SOM at UMB. This program accommodates students' individual backgrounds and interests and offers the opportunity to select courses to supplement the core coursework. Students in this program will have opportunities to work on research projects directly with the faculty from the participating programs.

The Mathematics Department also describes this program on their website.

How to Apply

The Department of Mathematics maintains the records of all students in the STAT-BB program and handles correspondence with applicants. Those applying for admission must indicate their interest to enter the STAT-BB program and the appropriate specialization (e.g., STAT-BB with a sub-specialization in EPIB). Applicants interested in the Biostatistics/Bioinformatics concentration must apply to the STAT program through the University of Maryland's online application system, described below. Be sure to indicate your interest in STAT-BB. Do not apply through SOPHAS.

The University of Maryland's Graduate School accepts applications through the Hobson's Apply Yourself Application System. Before completing the application, applicants are asked to check the Admissions Requirements website for specific instructions and additional requirements. Applications will be reviewed under rolling admissions.

As required by the Graduate School, all application materials are to be submitted electronically and must include the following:

  • Graduate application
  • Transcripts
  • Statement of purpose
  • Letters of recommendation (3)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • TOEFL/IELTS (International students only - required even if eligible for waiver)
  • Program/Department supporting documents (as applicable)
  • Non-refundable application fee ($75) for each program to which an applicant applies

The electronic submission of application materials helps expedite the review of an application. Completed applications are reviewed by an admissions committee in each graduate degree program. The recommendations of the committees are submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School, who will make the final admission decision. Students seeking to complete graduate work at the University of Maryland for degree puposes must be formally admitted to the Graduate School by the Dean. To ensure the integrity of the application process, the University of Maryland authenticates submitted materials through TurnItIn for Admissions.