APPLY for MS Degrees

Dartmouth’s Master of Science degrees in Epidemiology, Health Data Science, and Medical Informatics are innovative interdisciplinary programs preparing elite professionals to solve complex biomedical challenges. Our students benefit from world-class facilities, renowned faculty, and cutting-edge theory that foster academic and professional excellence.

The application period begins in August and runs through April. All application reviews begin on December 1.

Application deadlines

Master's program (Summer 2024 start)

Round 1: December 1, 2023
Round 2: February 1, 2024
Round 3: April 15, 2024


Want tips for preparing a standout admissions application? Our admissions team will provide an overview of our graduate programs, insight into our admissions review process, and answer any questions you have! Learn more about our degrees in epidemiology, health data science, or medical informatics by registering for an event below.

October 10, 2023, 2-3 p.m. ET
November 7, 2023, 2-3 p.m. ET
January 9, 2024, 2-3 p.m. ET


Read more about the admissions requirements for the Master's degree programs.

Supplemental application materials

In addition to completing the online Dartmouth application, students applying to an MS program must submit additional supporting materials.

  • A required personal statement. Address the following topics in your statement (1000 words or less).
    • Describe your personal and scientific interests and career goals, and explain why Dartmouth is the right home for you
    • Describe an experience that demonstrates your resilience, perseverance, or leadership skills in response to a professional or academic challenge
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) or resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official or unofficial college transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate coursework to the application. Official transcripts will be required should an offer be made to the applicant.
  • GRE scores are optional. If you would like your GRE scores considered with your application, please include unofficial score reports with your application. If you chose to submit GRE scores and you are offered admission, official test scores will be required from Educational Testing Services for verification purposes. WES evaluations are acceptable; however, official documents will be required should an offer be made to the applicant.  The institutional code for GRE scores is 3351.
  • Official TOEFL exam scores from ETS are required for international students who do not have a degree from an English speaking institution. Students are expected to be able to communicate easily and fluently in written and verbal English. Applicants should include unofficial score reports in their application. We accept TOEFL scores of 450 or above for the paper-based exam, internet-based exam scores of 90 or above, as well as IELTS scores with band scores of 7.0 or higher. TOEFL MyBestScores are also accepted if submitted through the ETS system. The institutional code for TOEFL scores is 3351.

Information about applications, program requirements, and other questions may be directed to

In order to be eligible for admission consideration, the online application, application fees, and all supporting materials must be received by the specified deadlines for the program.

Graduate scholarships

Master’s students are eligible for merit-based scholarship awarded in each term of the program. We do not offer other assistantships or fellowships for master's degree students. Review the master’s degree tuition rates and financial aid opportunities.

Visa information for international students

The Office of Visa and Immigration Services at Dartmouth (OVIS) supports the presence and success of international students at Dartmouth. OVIS also provides up-to-date information regarding current SEVIS regulations.

An additional resource for international applicants are the EducationUSA Centers that are located in U.S. embassies and consulates, as well as partner institutions worldwide. We encourage international applicants visit these sites to find additional helpful information about applying to graduate schools and advisories about traveling to the United States.

Contact Us

We are ready to help you navigate the graduate admissions process. Questions about applications or program requirements can be directed to

After you apply

What happens between the time you click Submit and when you receive a final decision?

Each of us on the admissions committee appreciates how much time candidates put into an application. It shows in your essays and the comments that recommenders make on your behalf.

We use the application review process to prepare you for the next step of your career. Here's an inside look at how we build a diverse class of quantitative professionals dedicated to improving data-based outcomes around the world.

What we look for in our review

Our admissions committees are made up of a combination of faculty, staff and alumni. Multiple committee members read each application for a thorough initial review. We look at everything you have submitted and take a holistic view of your entire application.

In our review, we make notes about each element in the application.

  • Your essay plays an important role in helping us understand your interests and goals and how those relate to the content and objectives of our program. We’re looking for you to draw a path from where you are now to where you want to be in your career. How will our degree help you?
  • How you build relationships with others. This comes through via your recommenders' comments.
  • Your academic performance, including trends over time. Do your grades improve from year to year? Are you able to sustain strong academic achievement? Are your standardized test scores (if applicable) consistent with your undergraduate experience?
  • If you have any type of research experience, describe your project or role in a project. What skills, methods, and techniques did you learn? Was there anything novel you contributed independently? Discuss your role in listed publications or presentations.

After their initial independent review, admission committee members meet to discuss the application, write summary comments, and identify any questions they have.

How we make a final decision

Before any decision is final, it is reviewed again by the decision committee. As a group, we weigh the benefits of each application, what the candidate may bring to the class, and the current class composition. We strive to assemble a group of students with different backgrounds who all want to make a positive impact in the quantitative sciences. We value students with different backgrounds and experiences.

The admissions committee then makes final recommendations for admission. Admissions notifications are sent by mid-February.

We try our best to have a process that is rigorous and fair. We trust the qualitative and quantitative data we collect in the review process. Having every decision go through multiple people helps to ensure the process is thoughtful and thorough.