Admissions

Admissions

Requirements for Admission

The Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology (MSCE) program is designed to integrate epidemiology and clinical practice; the courses foster methodological skills that students can apply to their own areas of interest. Applicants must have an advanced degree in medicine, nursing, or another health-related field, from an accredited college or university, plus advanced clinical training in any specialty or subspecialty of medicine, or its equivalent in another health-related discipline.

Applicants should be committed to careers in medical and health services research and have outstanding academic records in order to be accepted into the program.

Application Procedures

The official application season is August 1 through December 1. Applicants must submit all materials by December 1 in order to be considered for the next academic year, which begins in July. 

  1. Complete the MSCE Inquiry Form
    After receiving this completed form, the Office of Graduate Training in Epidemiology may request additional information regarding an applicant’s credentials.
  2. Cursory Review
    The online inquiry form will be reviewed by members of the Admission Committee. Those who succeed in the cursory review will receive a full application.
  3. Complete and Submit an Application
    • Supporting documents required:
      • Curriculum vitae
      • Letters of recommendation (three)
      • Standardized test scores
        • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Medical Colleges Admissions Test (MCAT) scores are required. Prospective students who have completed graduate or professional degrees are not exempt from these requirements.
        • Applicants for whom English is a second language and who have not completed a degree in an English-speaking university must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Exam. TOEFL scores are valid for two years from the date taken.
      • Official Transcripts
        Applicants must submit official transcripts from all undergraduate, graduate and professional schools they have attended.
  4. Complete the Interview Process
    Once all required materials have been received, applicants will be contacted to arrange interviews with two or more epidemiology faculty members.
  5. Application Review
    The Admissions Committee will review applications after interviews have been completed. Applicants can expect to receive admission decisions on or before March 31.

Questions? Please direct all MSCE admissions-related inquires to the Office of Graduate Training in Epidemiology at ceuapps@pennmedicine.upenn.edu.

Diversity Statement

The Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics values diversity and seeks talented students from diverse backgrounds, including individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Further, the CCEB does not discriminate on the basis of color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or status as a disabled or Vietnam-era veteran in the administration of its educational policies, programs or activities, admissions policies and procedures, and scholarship programs. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply to the CCEB's educational programs.

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