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MS Degree Programs

The Master of Science (MS) is an academic, research-oriented degree program that is often preparatory for a doctoral degree, a career in academia or a career in an industry or government research position. The Master of Science involves intensive coursework in a focused area and a major research project. The MS degree is offered by each of the School’s five departments: Biostatistics, Community Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Environmental Health Sciences or Health Policy and Management.

Below, you can learn more about the Master of Science degrees offered by each department.

Program Program Summary
Biostatistics At-a-Glance

MS in Biostatistics

The MS in Biostatistics is an academic, research-oriented degree program that is often preparatory for a doctoral degree or career in academic, industry or government research position. The program provides a strong foundation in both theory and application, and combines mathematical statistics and biostatistical methods with a research career focus.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):
58 quarter-credit units

Additional Degree Requirements:

  • Master's Report
  • Passing grade on the Written Comprehensive Examination 

Typical time to complete degree:
2 years (6 academic quarters)

Program start date:
Fall Academic Quarter

Minimum Admission Requirements (in addition to the University's minimum requirements)*:

  • Mathematics preparation for the program should include at least two years of calculus. Linear algebra is also recommended.

How to Apply 

Application Deadline:
December 1 for the following Fall quarter

Total mandatory fees, per year**:

New student, Resident: $15,909.74
New student, Non-resident: $31,011.74

Please see FSPH Financial Opportunities page for information on awards, scholarships, training opportunities, employment and need-based aid. 

 

Possible Career Paths:

This program is often preparatory for a doctoral degree or a career in an academic, industry or government research position. Graduates in Biostatistics emerge as statisticians who have additional training in medical and other health-science fields.

Who to contact for more information:

Roxy Naranjo 
310.267.2186

* Admission requirements listed are Departmental requirements, and are in addition to the University's minimum requirements. Many programs receive more applicants than can be admitted, so meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not ensure admission. Every effort is made to ensure minimum admissions requirements are up to date - for the most up-to-date information on the University's minimum requirements, please visit the UCLA Graduate Division.

** Fees are subject to change and should be used as a guide only. For the most up to date fees and more information on fee breakdown, visit the registrar's office.

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Community Health Sciences At-a-Glance

MS in Community Health Sciences

A research-oriented degree emphasizing community or psychosocial research within the general field of public health. Through coursework, learn about designing and conducting research in the community, program planning and evaluation, fundamentals of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, and more.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):
60 quarter-credit units

Additional Degree Requirements:

Master's Thesis OR Written Comprehensive Examination and a major written report

Typical time to complete degree:
2 years (6 academic quarters)

Program start date:
Fall Academic Quarter

Minimum Admission Requirements (in addition to the University's minimum requirements)*:

  • Prior work experience in community health or health education, which is strongly considered in the evaluation of applicants for admission.

How to Apply

Application Deadline:
December 1 for the following Fall Quarter

Total mandatory fees, per year**:

New student, Resident: $15,909.74
New student, Non-resident: $31,011.74

Please see FSPH Financial Opportunities page for information on awards, scholarships, training opportunities, employment and need-based aid. 

 

Possible Career Paths:

Graduates generally assume teaching, research, and managerial positions in universities, government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, international health agencies, and research centers.

Who to contact for more information:

Jennifer O'Brien at jobrien@ph.ucla.edu or 310.825.8314.

* Admission requirements listed are Departmental requirements, and are in addition to the University's minimum requirements. Many programs receive more applicants than can be admitted, so meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not ensure admission. Every effort is made to ensure minimum admissions requirements are up to date - for the most up-to-date information on the University's minimum requirements, please visit the UCLA Graduate Division.

** Fees are subject to change and should be used as a guide only. For the most up to date fees and more information on fee breakdown, visit the registrar's office.

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Environmental Health Sciences At-a-Glance

MS in Environmental Health Sciences

The MS in Environmental Health Sciences is a research-oriented degree that includes coursework and the preparation of a thesis or completion of a comprehensive examination and a major written report. Students may choose to concentrate on one of the following areas of academic focus: air quality; environmental biology; environmental chemistry; environmental health practice and policy; industrial hygiene; toxicology; or water quality. Interdisciplinary research is encouraged.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):
60 quarter-credit units

Additional Degree Requirements:

Master's Thesis OR Comprehensive Examination and a major written report or submission of an externally peer-reviewed publication completed while a student

Typical time to complete degree:
2 years (6 academic quarters)

Program start date:
Typically Fall academic quarter

Minimum Admission Requirements (in addition to the University's minimum requirements)*:

  • Bachelor's (or master's) degree in public health, environmental health, life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, environmental science or a related field. 

  • Applicants with non-science majors who meet the following course work requirements will be considered for admission:

    Course Work

    • 1 university-level course or equivalent in Calculus, Linear Algebra, or Statistics
    • 1 university-level course in Chemistry or equivalent
    • 1 university-level course in Biology or equivalent 

Students who do not have the prerequisites at the time of application may take equivalent courses at UCLA in their first year.

How to Apply

Application Deadline:
December 1 for the following Fall Quarter

Total mandatory fees, per year**:

New student, Resident: $15,909.74
New student, Non-resident: $31,011.74

Please see FSPH Financial Opportunities page for information on awards, scholarships, training opportunities, employment and need-based aid. 

Possible Career Paths:

Graduates of the department have pursued careers in both the private and public sectors as researchers, educators, managers, policymakers, and practitioners. 

Who to contact for more information:

Rebecca Greenberg at rgreenberg@ph.ucla.edu or 310.206.1619

* Admission requirements listed are Departmental requirements, and are in addition to the University's minimum requirements. Many programs receive more applicants than can be admitted, so meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not ensure admission. Every effort is made to ensure minimum admissions requirements are up to date - for the most up-to-date information on the University's minimum requirements, please visit the UCLA Graduate Division.

** Fees are subject to change and should be used as a guide only. For the most up to date fees and more information on fee breakdown, visit the registrar's office.

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Epidemiology At-a-Glance

MS in Epidemiology

The MS in Epidemiology is perfect for students intending to pursue a research career. It includes coursework in areas such as epidemiologic methods, biostatistics, data management, chronic diseases epidemiology, and global and infectious diseases epidemiology. In addition to coursework, the program includes either the preparation of a thesis, or a comprehensive examination and MS report.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):
56 quarter-credit units

Additional Degree Requirements:

Master's Thesis OR Written Comprehensive Examination and an in-depth research report 

Typical time to complete degree:
2 years (6 academic quarters)

Program start date:
Fall Academic Quarter

Minimum Admission Requirements (in addition to the University's minimum requirements)*:

How to Apply

Application Deadline:
December 1 for the following Fall Quarter

Total mandatory fees, per year**:

New student, Resident: $15,909.74
New student, Non-resident: $31,011.74

Please see FSPH Financial Opportunities page for information on awards, scholarships, training opportunities, employment and need-based aid. 

Possible Career Paths:

An epidemiologist may work in a wide variety of settings, including international health agencies, state and local health departments, federal government agencies and health programs, health maintenance organizations, colleges and universities, and numerous research institutions, both privately and publicly sponsored.

Who to contact for more information:

Joy Miller at jdmiller@ph.ucla.edu or 310.206.3901

* Admission requirements listed are Departmental requirements, and are in addition to the University's minimum requirements. Many programs receive more applicants than can be admitted, so meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not ensure admission. Every effort is made to ensure minimum admissions requirements are up to date - for the most up-to-date information on the University's minimum requirements, please visit the UCLA Graduate Division.

** Fees are subject to change and should be used as a guide only. For the most up to date fees and more information on fee breakdown, visit the registrar's office.

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Health Policy and Management Research At-a-Glance

MS in Health Policy and Management Research

The Master of Science in Health Policy and Management Research is a two-year program for students who want to pursue a research career in health-related fields such as medicine, dentistry, nursing, biostatistics, or epidemiology. In addition to foundation of courses on health services organization, financing and delivery, management and health behavior, students pursue rigorous training in quantitative and qualitative research methods, including course work in research design, contemporary econometric methods, epidemiology, and biostatistics.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):
74 quarter-credit units

Additional Degree Requirements:

Masters Research Thesis Report, consisting of extensive written research in the major area of study

Typical time to complete degree:
2 years (6 academic quarters)

Program start date:
Fall Academic Quarter

Minimum Admission Requirements (in addition to the University's minimum requirements)*:

  • Prior work experience in community health or health education is strongly considered in the evaluation of applicants for admission. 

How to Apply

Application Deadline:
December 1 for the following Fall Quarter

Total mandatory fees, per year**:

New student, Resident: $15,909.74
New student, Non-resident: $31,011.74

Please see FSPH Financial Opportunities page for information on awards, scholarships, training opportunities, employment and need-based aid. 

Possible Career Paths:

This degree prepares students for doctoral education and research careers in fields such as health economics, quality of care, technology assessment, cost-effectiveness analysis, demography, and political economy. 

Who to contact for more information:

Anna Lim at apark@ph.ucla.edu or 310.825.7863.

* Admission requirements listed are Departmental requirements, and are in addition to the University's minimum requirements. Many programs receive more applicants than can be admitted, so meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not ensure admission. Every effort is made to ensure minimum admissions requirements are up to date - for the most up-to-date information on the University's minimum requirements, please visit the UCLA Graduate Division.

** Fees are subject to change and should be used as a guide only. For the most up to date fees and more information on fee breakdown, visit the registrar's office.

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Health Policy and Management Research (1-Year, postdoctoral) At-a-Glance

MS in Health Policy and Management Research (1-Year, postdoctoral)

The Master of Science (MS) in Health Policy and Management Research can be completed in 1 year for students with a prior doctoral degree (MD, PhD, JD, DDS or equivalent). This degree is generally for students who want to pursue a research career in health-related fields such as medicine, dentistry, nursing, biostatistics, or epidemiology.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):
58 quarter-credit units

Additional Degree Requirements:

Masters Research Thesis Report, consisting of extensive written research in the major area of study

Typical time to complete degree:
1 year

Program start date:
Fall Academic Quarter

Minimum Admission Requirements (in addition to the University's minimum requirements)*:

  • Prior work experience in community health or health education is strongly considered in the evaluation of applicants for admission. 
  • A prior doctoral degree (MD, PhD, JD, DDS or equivalent) is also required.  

How to Apply

Application Deadline:
December 1 for the following Fall quarter

Total mandatory fees, per year**:

New student, Resident: $15,909.74
New student, Non-resident: $31,011.74

Please see FSPH Financial Opportunities page for information on awards, scholarships, training opportunities, employment and need-based aid. 

Possible Career Paths:

This degree prepares students for doctoral education and research careers in fields such as health economics, quality of care, technology assessment, cost-effectiveness analysis, demography, and political economy. 

Who to contact for more information:

Anna Lim at apark@ph.ucla.edu or 310.825.7863.

* Admission requirements listed are Departmental requirements, and are in addition to the University's minimum requirements. Many programs receive more applicants than can be admitted, so meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not ensure admission. Every effort is made to ensure minimum admissions requirements are up to date - for the most up-to-date information on the University's minimum requirements, please visit the UCLA Graduate Division.

** Fees are subject to change and should be used as a guide only. For the most up to date fees and more information on fee breakdown, visit the registrar's office.

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