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    Jun 20, 2024  
2021-2022 Augusta University Catalog 
2021-2022 Augusta University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Science in Epidemiology

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Program Overview

The MS in Epidemiology is a degree program for students who want to gain additional theoretical and applied knowledge, as well as the skills and credentials they need to advance in their career tracks. This program is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in epidemiology and biostatistics.  Specifically, there will be an emphasis on developing answerable clinical and research questions, generating testable hypotheses and applying sound study designs for research projects. This program will be suitable for both recent college graduates and professionals working in academia or in a clinical setting, or at healthcare companies, health departments, federal agencies, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, or in various other healthcare settings. 

The MS in Epidemiology will focus on recruiting and training students who would like to increase their applied epidemiology knowledge, build research methodology and statistical skill sets, and earn an advanced degree, without disrupting their career. Therefore our primary target population will include physicians, healthcare administrators, project directors and other healthcare professionals.

The program requires 36 total credit hours, including 3 research Capstone course credit hours.  The program should take 5 semesters to complete and is delivered in an online format.

Program Contact
Steven Couglin
Admissions Information

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university plus 2-3 years’ experience in a related professional setting. Additionally, an online application, official transcripts, GRE general test, TOEFL for international applicants, personal statement, and three letters of recommendation will also be required.  

Standard Admissions Requirements

Completed Online Application

Application Fee: $55

GPA: Minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. 

Minimum Degree Requirement: Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited program and an accredited college or university. To be used to satisfy degree requirements, evaluation of foreign educational transcripts must show degree earned that is the U.S. equivalency of degree required by the program. 

Official Transcripts:  Official transcripts are required from all universities and colleges ever attended. Only in the case of transcripts from international colleges/universities will an official course-by-course transcript evaluation be accepted in lieu of an official transcript. Official transcripts should be sent to Augusta University’s Office of Academic Admissions. To remain official, all transcripts must remain in the original, sealed, unopened, and stamped/signed envelope from the Registrar’s office of the issuing institution. Alternatively, Augusta University will accept official electronic transcripts from the registrar’s office at your prior institution. Electronic transcripts should be directed to

Transcript/Credential Evaluation of Foreign Transcripts: An official, professional course-by-course evaluation based on official transcripts and documents is required for all foreign educational transcripts and documents from one of the following three credentials evaluation services: Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE). Silny and WES are recommended. Official transcript evaluations based on unofficial transcripts, documents, or copies will not fulfill this requirement.

References: Recommendations (which include a reference form and letter of recommendation) from three individuals are required. Referees should be individuals qualified to critically assess the applicant’s prior academic (usually college professors), employment, research and/or clinical experience (clinical or research supervisor/manager) and qualifications (as applicable) as well as the applicant’s potential as a graduate student in the field/program selected.

Graduate reference forms and letters of recommendation can be submitted online only. As part of the online application process, applicants provide the names and current email addresses for three individuals they have asked to serve as their referees. Once the online application is submitted, each referee will receive an email notification directing him/her to the online site where he/she can complete the reference form and submit his/her letter of recommendation. To change a referee after the application has been submitted, the applicant is instructed to log into his/her CollegeNet account and update the name and current email address for the referee. Status updates of your referees’ submissions will be provided to you directly from CollegeNet. 

Standardized Tests: 

  • GRE: Test scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within 5 years of the date of application.
    • Minimum score: 
      • A minimum score of 290 total (combined Verbal and Quantitative Scores) is required.
      • Competitive applicants will score a minimum of 3.0 on the analytical writing category on the revised Graduate Record Examination.
    • All official GRE scores must be submitted to Augusta University’s Office of Academic Admissions directly from the Education Testing Service (ETS). The institution code for submission of GRE scores to Augusta University is 5406. Please do not select a department code. 
  • TOEFL Exam Scores:
    • Minimum score: 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based or 79 internet-based.
    • Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test scores are required for applicants whose first language is not English. The institution code for submission of TOEFL scores to Augusta University is 5406. Please do not select a department code.
    • Exemption from the TOEFL requirement is allowed for graduate students who submit proof of earning a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university where English is the language of instruction. 

Proof of Lawful Presence: In accordance with Board of Regents Policy 4.1.6, all applicants for admission to Augusta University are required to provide validation of lawful presence in the United States. Acceptance to Augusta University is conditional until lawful presence is verified. ALL applicants who are U.S. Citizens must submit documentation that verifies his/her lawful presence in the United States at time of application to

For more information on admissions requirements, please visit the Office of Admissions website. 

Progression & Graduation Requirements
  • Minimum GPA requirements are determined by the Graduate School.

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