The Master of Science in Epidemiology and Biostatistics (MSEB)

The Master of Science in Epidemiology and Biostatistics (MSEB) is a four-quarter (late-June – mid-June) program training postdoctoral and predoctoral scientists to apply current methods of epidemiology and biostatistics to  conduct research on a range of health problems facing the population.  All students share a common three-quarter core series in epidemiology and biostatistics, a workshop-style course addressing common challenges in research design, data management and programming, and training in the ethical conduct of research.  Students on the thesis track receive additional training in scientific writing, and students on the analyst track undertake coursework on sophisticated statistical methods.

Thesis track students are required to produce a an original manuscript or meta-analysis in a style acceptable for a peer reviewed journal or a research grant in the style of a National Institutes of Health investigator-initiated project (typically only thesis track students holding prior doctoral degrees choose this option). Analyst track students complete a comprehensive examination focused on the application of  epidemiologic and biostatistical methods and engage in a statistical consulting experience.

The relatively small number of students in our program encourages close interaction between students and faculty in the Department who have ongoing research programs and collaborations across the university.

Postdoctoral students will leave our program prepared to seek grant funding and faculty positions in fields related to population science. Predoctoral students will leave prepared to support ongoing research efforts by serving as statistical analysts or project coordinators or as a basis for future doctoral level studies in medicine, epidemiology or biostatistics.


View the MSEB Curriculum.

Application Requirements

Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree or a foreign equivalent and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00. All applicants to the MS program must have taken the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test, or MCAT, or have a doctoral degree. Test results should not be more than 5 years old. The ETS institutional code for The Graduate School at Northwestern is 1565.  Applicants with earned doctoral degrees from US institutions need not submit GRE or MCAT scores.

If your native language is not English, you must certify your proficiency in the English language in one of the following ways:

Thesis Track

Statistical Analyst Track


Applicants must apply to the MSEB program (Summer quarter) directly through The Graduate School. You may access the online application through The Graduate School home page at Admission and click on "Apply Online." The application may also be accessed directly at Apply Yourself.

In addition to the application and the application fee (paid online by credit card), applicants upload transcripts of post-secondary school coursework; request two letters of recommendation that are uploaded  from employers and/or faculty members who can address the applicant’s ability to do graduate level work; and a one-page statement of purpose describing career goals and the reasons for applying to the MSEB program.


The summer application deadline is January 15 for international applicants and April 1 for domestic applicants. Admissions are made on a rolling basis and we strongly recommend that applicants submit their materials well before the deadline.

Tuition/Financial Aid

Students take a full-time course load for four quarters.  In addition, full-time students pay a student activity fee each quarter. The student activity fee includes the cost of the U-Pass, a student pass for CTA buses and trains (the “L”). Student hospitalization plans and dental plan are available for students not covered under another plan. Information about billing and payment, cost of living, cancellations and refunds, and other information can be found at Financial Aid.

The MSEB program does not offer Graduate Assistantships. Students enrolled in the master’s program may work full-time or part-time while enrolled in The Graduate School. The Department of Preventive Medicine often has temporary, part-time employment with flexible scheduling for tasks such as data entry, phlebotomy, and appointment scheduling.


For questions about the program and the application process please contact

Maureen Moran, MPH

Maureen Brady Moran, MPH
Program in Public Health
Associate Director for Admissions and Graduate Affairs
Phone: (312) 503-0500
Fax: (312) 908-9588

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