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  1. Hi everyone, I'm applying for Fall 2021 Biostat PhD. The letter of recommendation thing has literally stressed/depressed me for months, so I'm here looking for advice on my 3rd letter. I have two letter writers so far. One will be my masters thesis advisor who is fairly well-known (h-index>65). I'm currently pursuing a masters in biostat at one of Harvard/JHU/UW and have been doing research with this prof for a while. The letter should be reasonably strong, hopefully. The other will be a research fellow/biostat & math prof I worked with for 1 year at the national research in
  2. I think admissions committees would look at multivariate analysis more favorably than the applied class.
  3. I think Berkeley and Michigan prefer applicants to do a masters first. You might not be directly admitted to their PhD but Michigan has a fast track MS-PhD and Berkeley the MA-PhD program.
  4. Some schools might waive GRE but I think most schools won't. It's better for you to check the program website or contact the program. People here aren't able to give you the right answer.
  5. Hi @bayessays and @StatsG0d, sorry to bother again. I've been looking at PhD options lately and I'm pretty drawn to the research of several faculties at UCLA Statistics (e.g., Handcock, Hartman, Hazlett) instead of Biostatistics. I feel that the work of these Stat faculties are more aligned with my interests and experiences. However, I'm less familiar with Stat PhD admissions compared to Biostat and coming from a public health/biostat background, I wonder how my application would be viewed and if this is a realistic aim. Would appreciate hearing your thoughts about this! Thanks!
  6. Thanks for your advice. Unfortunately the B is in a theory class (took 3~4 theory classes and got B in the one I just took) and that's what concerns me the most. I'm thinking about compensating for this by taking grad level real analysis next semester (but perhaps won't get grades back by the time of application). Would you suggest doing so or spend more time on research and other statistics/biostatistics electives?
  7. Hi everyone, I am applying for Fall 2021 Biostats PhD and need some advice on which schools to aim for. I have very little idea on how my profile is going to be viewed. Undergrad Institution: Top 1 in my country Major: Public Health GPA: 3.84 (graduated with an award for top 10% students in class; not sure if this helps) GRE: Q: 169 V: 162 W: 4 TOEFL: 110 Type of Student: International Asian male Grad Institution: One of Harvard/JHU/UW (attending) Major: Biostatistics MS GPA: 3.96 Relevant Courses: Taken in under
  8. You could aim higher and perhaps add JHU/Harvard/Berkeley to your list as well. I wouldn't be surprised if you get into all of the schools you listed. Iowa/BU are definitely safeties considering your background. Also, from what I've heard, Michigan actually has a pretty high acceptance rate for masters.
  9. As a former applicant (biostats, MS), I think you have a good shot at most top10 MS programs (UMich, UNC, Columbia, Minnesota,...just to name a few). I also believe you have a decent chance of getting into one of the top3s (Harvard, JHU, UW). I did not have a strong math background as well and had zero research experiences, but got into one of the top3s and most top10s. I agree with Stat Postdoc that you should take more math courses to boost your application. Having more math can increase your chances of getting into top MS and perhaps a few decent PhD programs.
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