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Admission Requirements, Deadlines, and Procedures

ADMISSION TO THE JOHN D. BOWER SCHOOL OF POPULATION HEALTH

Selection of applicants is made on a competitive basis, without regard to race, creed, sex, color, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status. A student with a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution may apply for study in areas in which competence has been demonstrated by scholastic performance.

Prospective students must submit an online application for admission to the Office of Student Records and Registrar. This application will include an official transcript of all undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) grades, and may include an official statement of scores (verbal, quantitative and analytical) received on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), MCAT, or DAT, letters of recommendations from faculty members at accredited institutions or employment supervisors, and a personal statement. With the exception of those students applying for admission directly from a Master’s Degree program, the GRE examination must be taken within five years of application. Information regarding the GRE may be obtained from the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08540. International applicants must have transcripts evaluated in a course-by-course report from World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)

Prerequisites are required by certain programs, and these may be determined by contacting the specific program to which the applicant desires admission. Initial evaluation of applicants for admission to graduate programs is made on the basis of undergraduate (and graduate, if applicable) scholastic performance, letters of recommendation, and scores received on the GRE, MCAT, or DAT. Those applicants for whom the initial evaluation indicates the scholastic competence necessary to successfully pursue a graduate degree may be further evaluated by personal interview.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) applicants will be evaluated based on the following:

  • Baccalaureate degree in a relevant scientific discipline
  • GPA (3.0 or better)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement
  • Admission Test Scores:
    • PhD in Biostatistics and Data Science: A GRE score >300 on the combined verbal and quantitative scores is preferred.
    • PhD in Population Health Science: A GRE score >300 on the combined verbal and quantitative scores is preferred; A MCAT score >495; or a DAT score of >19
    • Students who meet or exceed the minimum scores will be granted full admission to the SOPH. Students whose scores are below the minimum requirements may be considered for conditional admission based on the recommendation of the program director. To be removed from conditional status the student must, within three academic semesters of admission, attain a GPA of >0, or retake the entrance exam and obtain a score at or above the minimum requirements.  Conditional students who fail to meet the criteria listed above will be dismissed from the program. Notwithstanding the above, individual programs may set higher minimum standards than those required by the SOPH.

Master of Science (MS) applicants will be evaluated on the following:

  • Baccalaureate degree in a relevant discipline
  • GPA (3.0 or better preferred)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement
  • Admission Test Scores:
    • MS in Biostatistics and Data Science: A GRE score >295 on the combined verbal and quantitative scores.

Executive Master of Science (eMS) applicants will be evaluated on the following:

  • GPA (3.0 or better preferred)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement which includes information regarding relevant experiences or work history pertinent to the degree program
  • Curriculum Vitae (Applicants must have >5 years work experience)

For both MS and PhD programs, individual programs may set higher minimum standards than those required by the Bower School of Population Health.  In view of that, students are requested to consult the director of their intended program of study and the specific program section of the Bulletin in order to ascertain program-specific requirements.

English Language Proficiency. Applicants whose native language is not English and/or who have completed their tertiary education primarily outside of the USA must submit official scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Pearson Test of English-Academic (PTE-A) as evidence of English language proficiency.

  • TOEFL-Internet Based Test (IBT): 79 or higher
  • TOEFL-Paper Based Test (PBT): 550 or higher
  • IELTS: 5 overall band score or higher
  • PTE-A: 53 or higher

However, this requirement may be waived for students who are currently enrolled at a college or university in the United States and/or who demonstrate a proficiency in written and spoken English following a personal interview.  Admission of a student to a graduate program must be approved by the program director and by the dean of the SOPH. No individual may enroll in graduate level courses without proper approval and notification from the SOPH.

Conditional Acceptance. Acceptance to the Bower School of Population Health is conditional; the school may rescind an offer of acceptance at any time before matriculation if an applicant fails to maintain expectations upon which the acceptance was based.  Examples include, but are not limited to, a significant decline in academic performance, failure to complete prerequisites or other course work and degrees in progress, patterns of unprofessional behavior and incidents discovered in a criminal background check.

Criminal Background Checks (CBCs). Any preadmission agreement executed by the health care program with a student shall be void if there is a disqualifying incident or pattern of unprofessional behavior in the CBC prior to enrollment. 

Fingerprint-Based CBC. All accepted applicants must contact the Bower School of Population Health to schedule an appointment with UMMC Human Resources prior to enrollment so that a set of digital fingerprints and photograph can be obtained. 

 

TECHNICAL STANDARDS FOR ADMISSION

Technical Standards are non-academic requirements essential for meeting the academic requirements of the programs in the Bower School of Population Health. Within any area of specialization, students must demonstrate competence in those intellectual and physical tasks that together represent the fundamentals of research in their chosen discipline.

The PhD degree programs and the MS degree programs at the Bower School of Population Health require a dissertation, thesis, projects, or a practice transformation practicum, based on independent research. Granting of these degrees implies the recipient has demonstrated a base of knowledge in their chosen field of study and the ability to independently apply that knowledge to form hypotheses, design and conduct experiments, interpret experimental results, and communicate these findings to the scientific community. Thus, a candidate for the PhD or MS degree must possess abilities and skills that allow for observation, intellectual and conceptual reasoning, motor coordination, and communication. The use of a trained intermediary is not acceptable.

The following technical skills are required of a successful MS or PhD student in the Bower School of Population Health:

Observation Skills. The candidate must be able to acquire knowledge by direct observation of demonstrations, experiments, and experiences within the research and instructional setting.

Intellectual/Conceptual Abilities. The candidate must be able to measure, calculate, analyze, reason, integrate and synthesize information to solve problems.

Motor Skills. The candidate must possess motor skills necessary to perform procedures required for the experimentation and experiences within the chosen discipline.

Communication Skills. The candidate must be able to discuss and communicate his or her experimental hypotheses and results to the scientific community.

Behavioral and Social Attributes. The candidate must possess the emotional and mental health required for full utilization of his or her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of responsibilities inherent in managing a scientific setting, the ability to function under the stress inherent in research, and the ability to understand and comply with ethical standards for the conduct of research.

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

The application may be obtained online from the Bower School of Population Health website. All applications are handled through the Office of Student Records and Registrar.

All transcripts and documents submitted to the Office of Student Records and Registrar in support of an application become the property of The UMMC and will not be returned to an applicant or forwarded to another school or individual.

Contact information:
Office of Student Records and Registrar
University of Mississippi Medical Center
2500 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39216
601-984-1080 (Phone)
601-984-1079 (Fax)

 

DEADLINES FOR APPLICATIONS

The Bower School of Population Health accepts applications throughout the calendar year. However, applications for specific academic semesters must be received by the Office of Student Records and Registrar by the deadlines below.

  • MS in Biostatistics and Data Science
    • Fall admission: June 1 (deadline extended to June 28 for Fall 2019)
  • PhD in Biostatistics and Data Science
    • Fall admission: April 15
  • Executive MS in Population Health Management
    • Summer admission: April 15
  • MS in Population Health Science
    • Summer admission: March 1
  • PhD in Population Health Science
    • Fall admission: March 31

PhD students wishing to be considered for a stipend for the upcoming Fall semester should apply for admission as early as possible,but no later than December 15. Stipends are assigned on a competitive basis. An applicant is considered for the enrollment period designated on the application. If the applicant is accepted and fails to enroll, or is not accepted, a new application must be submitted if consideration for a subsequent enrollment date is desired.

 

APPLICATION FEE

A nonrefundable fee of $25 must accompany the initial application.

 

REGISTRATION

Registration for classes is not permitted unless the applicant has received notification of acceptance to a specific graduate program from the Bower School of Population Health. Registration for courses must be approved by the graduate program director and advisor. No credit is given for any course for which a student is not officially registered.  All students and advisors must complete the required registration approval form before each semester.

 

NON-DEGREE SEEKING STUDENTS

Individuals who wish to take graduate courses but are not members of a UMMC degree program may apply as non-degree seeking students. Applicants must first complete an approval to register form. The form and instructions for the non-degree student are located on the Bower School of Population Health website. Non-degree students may not earn more than nine (9) semester hours.  Furthermore, successful completion of courses taken does not in itself qualify the individual for subsequent admission to a graduate program.