Master of Science in Epidemiology

Augusta University
Degree Level Masters
Total Credit Hours 36

Program Description

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 a solid foundation in epidemiology and biostatistics. Specifically, there will be an emphasis on developing answerable clinical and research questions, testable hypotheses, and sound study design for research projects which range from clinical trials to global population health. This degree program is designed for highly motivated professionals or recent college graduates working in academia, clinics, healthcare companies, federal agencies, health departments, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, or 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 skillsets, and earn an advanced degree without disrupting their career.

The program requires 36 total credit hours, including 5 research Capstone course credit hours. The Capstone course will be the culminating experience for students enrolled in the MS in Epidemiology. It will be feasible for students to complete the Capstone course in their local areas, which is important for students who live outside the Augusta metropolitan area. Students completing their Capstone will interact with faculty online. The program should take four semesters to complete, even for a working professional, and is delivered in an online format.

Admissions Information

GPA: Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the Baccalaureate level calculated on all undergraduate work attempted.

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. In the case of transcripts from international colleges/universities, an official course-by-course transcript evaluation will be accepted in lieu of an official transcript. Official electronic transcripts should be emailed from the issuing institution to Augusta University's Office of Graduate Admissions Operations at

Alternatively, Augusta University will accept official transcripts in the original, unopened, sealed and stamped/signed envelope mailed from the issuing institution directly to Augusta University's Office of Graduate Admissions Operations.

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:

  • Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE),
  • Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., or
  • World Education Services (WES)

Course-by-course transcript evaluations may also be accepted from a current National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, or NACES, member on a case-by-case basis. Official transcript evaluations based on unofficial transcripts, documents or copies will not fulfill this requirement.

Letter of Recommendation (3): 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.

Standardized Test Requirements: Submission of an official GRE exam score is optional. The absence of official scores will not be considered as negative by the admission committee.

English Proficiency Exam (if applicable): English proficiency exam scores are required for applicants whose first language is not English and who do not qualify for an English proficiency exam waiver per the criteria listed below. Augusta University will accept official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Test (IELTS) exam scores. Official exam scores must be taken within 2 years of the date of application. The Augusta University institution code for submission of TOEFL or IELTS scores is 5406. Please do not select a department code.

  • TOEFL Minimum Overall Score: 79 internet based or 213 computer based
  • IELTS Minimum Overall Band Score: 6.5
English Proficiency Exam Waiver Criteria: An English proficiency exam will be waived for applicants to graduate programs who:
  • submit proof of earning a Baccalaureate, Master’s or Doctoral degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university. The requirement will be waived upon receipt of the official transcript showing proof of degree
  • are citizens of countries on the approved waiver list
Please visit the International Student webpage for more information.

Program Accreditation

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges