Epidemiology, M.Sc.

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #5 (ARWU) , CA,
Applicants for the M.S. program should have as a minimum a bachelor’s degree and a strong background in biological, social, or mathematical science that will provide a basis for the application of epidemiological methods and principles to the study of diseases.


The M.S. program differs from the M.P.H. program in that students emphasize depth of course work in one or more basic science areas complementary to epidemiologic research and are not required to take the breadth courses in public health. Because M.S. applicants compete with Ph.D. applicants for a very limited quota in the academic track, it is sometimes advisable for postbaccalaureate students who are interested in pursuing doctoral studies to apply for the two-year M.P.H. program in epidemiology/biostatistics. The M.S. program usually takes two years and requires at least 24 credits in courses in epidemiology and biostatistics, and a minimum of three months of epidemiological research. A comprehensive oral exam and Masters Paper is required.

Training in epidemiology at Berkeley provides a sound basis for careers in several areas. Persons with a prior doctoral degree who complete the MPH degree and those who complete the PhD degree are in demand for teaching and research careers in schools of public health, medical schools and other academic institutions. There also are diverse opportunities for careers in international, federal, state, and local health agencies. The latter positions usually focus on the use of epidemiological approaches and knowledge to carry out research or program evaluation directed at control of infectious or noninfectious diseases.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Intro to Biostatistcs
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Epi Methods
  • Categorical Analysis
  • Multivariate Statistics
  • Epi Analysis
  • Epi Methods
  • Epi Theory
  • Meta-Analysis

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    48 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

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    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • At least a B (3.0) grade-point average or equivalent in work completed in the last two years of a bachelor’s degree program and in all post-baccalaureate course work.
  • GRE Exam  - All applicants are required to submit valid GRE scores. 

  • Statement of Purpose & Personal History Statement

  • We require three (3) letters of recommendation.

  • CV/ResumeTranscriptsWork/Research Experience

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    32930 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16465 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    32930 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16465 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State Applies to you

    17828 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8914 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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1750 - 2820 USD/month
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