Frequently Asked Questions

I am interested in epidemiology, but which degree is best for me?

If you have a growing interest in epidemiologic research and strong quantitative skills, consider the MS degree. Graduates often work in analysis of health-related data and many choose to pursue a PhD in epidemiology.

If you are interested in applying epidemiologic principles to public health practice, environmental health sciences or health services administration, the MPH degree may be the best choice for you.

If you already hold a master’s degree and would like to direct epidemiologic research, apply to the PhD program.

What can I do with a MS degree in epidemiology?

As a graduate, you could work in academic settings, health departments, medical centers and hospitals, clinical practices or private corporations. Learn more about how our alumni are using their degrees.

How long does the MS program take?

Typically, the program takes two years.

I have not yet taken the GREs. Can I submit the scores at a later date?

Yes. However, your application will not be reviewed until it is complete with all supporting documents, including GRE scores.

How much is tuition for a graduate student at UB?

Tuition is $5,435 per semester for full time resident students and $11,105 for full time non-residents. There is an additional $100 fee for international students. Domestic students who are non-residents may be able to become residents after one year of full-time study.

What is the cost of living in the Buffalo region?

Living costs are quite reasonable in Buffalo. For example, our students pay, on average, $550 per month for rent.

Is financial assistance available for this program?

Both the School of Public Health and Health Professions and the university offer fellowship, scholarship and award opportunities to qualified students. Additionally, UB’s Office of Financial Aid can help you navigate the process of applying for and managing your aid.