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Admissions Information

Thank you for your interest in our graduate degree programs. Applications for the Fall 2021 semester are now closed. 

Admission to graduate degree programs in Population Health Sciences at Weill Cornell Medicine requires that applicants hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Individual programs might have specific and additional requirements for admission which are listed below.

If interested in any of our programs, please visit our Information Sessions page or contact us ( with your questions and inquires.


Biostatistics & Data Science

Students should possess solid quantitative and programming backgrounds. For example, an undergraduate major in one of the following fields: statistics, mathematics, applied mathematics, physics, computer science, or engineering would make a good candidate. Students from other majors are also highly encouraged to apply, but should have at least two college-level semesters of calculus, some linear algebra, and strong programming experience.

Health Informatics

Among our current students, some excel in the computational aspects of informatics such as statistics, predictive analytics, natural language processing, or software development. Others specialize in the managerial, clinical, and sociotechnical aspects of health informatics. We welcome this diversity in our student population, and seek students who can understand both aspects of health informatics.

Quantitative reasoning: Every applicant must demonstrate strength in quantitative reasoning through excellent performance in undergraduate mathematics or statistics coursework, high scores on standardized tests, or both.

Computer Programming: All accepted students must be prepared to do some computer programming as part of their statistical and informatics methods courses. The strongest applicants have taken at least one undergraduate-level computer science or basic programming course and have some experience with a programming or scripting language such as R, Java, Python, or SAS. For those who have not taken relevant courses as an undergraduate, successful completion of high-quality online courses may be viewed favorably.

Healthcare or Biomedical Sciences: Previous coursework or work experience in clinical healthcare, biomedical sciences, or public health is viewed very favorably. We routinely welcome physicians, nurses, and other health professionals to our program.

Please Note: all accepted students who do not have previous experience with the R programming language will be required to complete a self-paced course on R during the summer before classes begin.

Health Policy and Economics

Students applying to the M.S. in Health Policy and Economics should have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a strong GPA, leadership skills, and great communication skills. Standardized test scores are not required for our program, however some students do elect to take the GRE and GMAT exams.

Students typically come with previous programming experience in SAS, Stata, or R. However, we do not require this experience ahead of time and offer extensive training in these statistical programs.

Certificate Programs

Students applying to any of the certificate program tracks should have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a competitive GPA and strong quantitative skills. Standardized test scores are not required.

Please note, all accepted students pursuing the Health Analytics track who do not have previous experience with the R programming language will be required to complete a self-paced course on R during the summer before classes begin.

Submitting Materials

Until further notice, please do not mail hard copy materials to the Department of Population Health Sciences office. Official transcripts and test scores may be sent electronically to

*Application review is contigent upon the receipt of all supplementary materials listed below.

Application Requirements

  • Online Application 
    • Application fee: $75
  • Personal Statement 
    Your personal statement should be no more than 2 - 3 pages in length and outline the following items:
    • Your interest in the field you are applying to
    • Any previous operational and/or research experiences you have in this field or a related area of study
    • Your career goals and how this degree will help you achieve them
    • Any skills, previous experiences, and/or other information that is not readily identified in the other items you submit that would make you an ideal candidate
  • Resume/CV
  • Three Letters of Recommendation 
    • These letters can be from current/former academic mentors, current/former supervisors, and/or any other individuals who can speak to your capability to succeed in a program like ours, as well as your academic, research, communication, and leadership skills.
    • Once you designate your recommenders in the online application, the system will automatically contact them and provide instructions on how they can submit their letters.
    • All letters must be on official school and/or company letterhead.
  • College Transcripts
    • College transcripts should be submitted for all previous colleges attended (undergraduate, graduate, and professional)
    • Official transcripts will be required upon acceptance, however students may submit unofficial transcripts with their initial application
    • For international candidates: Transcripts that meet any of the following criteria must be translated by World Education Service (WES) or Education Credential Evaluators (ECE):
      • Transcript is not in English
      • International student's transcript is not on a 4.0 scale
      • Domestic student's transcript is not on a 4.0 scale
  • GRE/GMAT Scores (optional)
    • Scores are not required for admission.
  • TOEFL/IELTS Scores are required for all international students, who have not pursued a degree at an institution that teaches their curriculum in English.
    • To submit your official TOEFL scores, please go to and request your scores to be sent to Weill Cornell Graduate School using code 2119. Please monitor your application to ensure that your scores are populated by ETS.
    • Please upload a copy of your IELTS scores under Supporting Information > Documents > Other Relevant Documents.  If you are accepted to the program, you will then be required to send in your official scores. 

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