Entering Students

Information for Entering Students in the Department of Biostatistics

The Department of Biostatistics welcomes you to the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. We are so excited for the opportunity to meet you in the Fall term.

In addition to the information provided by the Fielding School of Public Health Student Services Office and Graduate Division, here are additional items to help guide for your studies in Biostatistics this Fall 2022.

For the most updated schedule of classes and deadline changes click here.


Student Orientations

Fielding School of Public Health/Biostatistics Department Orientation

Date and Location: TBD

The Fielding School of Public Health Orientation Day for Incoming Students will be in September, and you will be notified via email from FSPH - once the date is finalized.  You can also check the FSPH calendar for updates.  Be sure to attend the Orientation as important information will be conveyed to help you acclimate to UCLA.

Your academic advisor assignment and departmental Handbook will be provided to you in the coming months, prior to classes commencing. The Biostatistics Student Handbook will be your resource for degree requirements and study list guidance to help you navigate through the department during your time here.  The 2022-2023 handbook will be finalized by September.

In addition to the Fielding School of Public Health and Graduate Division incoming student activities, the Graduate Student Resource Center is sponsoring a general introduction to campus services and offices that are of specific importance to new graduate students.


New Graduate Student Orientation

Date and Location: TBD

For more information and to register, please visit the Graduate Student Orientation page.


Entering Graduate Student Welcome Reception

TBD For more information and to RSVP, visit the UCLA Graduate Division page.


Establishing California Residency for Tuition Purposes (US Citizens and Permanent Residents only):

Domestic students who are not California residents will need to establish residency to avoid assessment of nonresident tuition. In order to establish your residency, certain requirements must be met. Please refer to the Registrar's web page or call the Residence Deputy at (310) 825-3447 for more information on establishing California Residency. This is very important. Otherwise, you may have to pay non-resident tuition during your second year.



Please refer to the Graduate Division Orientation Handbook which contains information on how to register, how to enroll, and how to access UCLA log on. For the most updated enrollment information visit the registrar's web site.


Course Suggestion for Entering Students

MS: Biostatistics 200A, Biostatistics 216, 203A and/or Public Health C201 or HPM M242.

PhD: Biostatistics 200A, 216, Biostat Special Topics, such as Biostat 203A or Math 131A, or Public Health C201 or HPM M242

MPH: Public Health 200A, Biostatistics 200A, Biostatistics 203A

Note to PhD Students: Depending on your previous course work and the recommendation of your advisor, your study list may vary.


Registration Fees

Registration fees must be paid prior to each term. Fees can be paid by check, credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover), or cash. View the Academic Calendar for specific dates. Visit the Graduate Division website for detailed information on the current graduate student fee rates.


BruinCard (Student ID)

BruinCard is the official campus identification for UCLA, and is required for all students, faculty, and staff. Your BruinCard also serves as your library card, recreation card (Wooden Center), door access card, and much, much more! The BruinCard is free to all students. The replacement cost for a lost/stolen card is $25.00. Report lost or stolen cards ASAP online at the BruinCard website, by calling 310-825-2336 or 310-825-4775, by email at bruincard@finance.ucla.edu, or by visiting a BruinCard Center.  Please visit bruincard.ucla.edu portal before July 1 for information on how to obtain a bruin card.

All Biostatistics students are required to have email accounts. Please visit the Bruin Online website to create a new e-mail account. All future department announcements will be distributed via email. For a complete listing of services, software, etc. available via Bruin Online, please visit their web site at https://accounts.iam.ucla.edu/#/

Transportation and Parking

Parking spaces are limited, please be sure to submit your application by the due date. Please visit the Transportation and Parking website for an application and more information.


Other Means of Transportation

Options include vanpools, carpools, buspools, public transit, bicycles, scooters, and motorcycles. The BruinGo! program allows members of the UCLA community to ride the Santa Monica Big Blue Bus and Culver City Bus at a reduced fare, using their BruinCards. Go Metro program offers discounted quarterly transit passes for Metro bus and rail lines. A comprehensive look at campus transportation options is outlined by UCLA Transportation.  For more information call (310) 794-7433 or stop by 555 Westwood Plaza, Room 200.


UCLA Housing

Most graduate students plan their own living arrangements. You can check the UCLA Community Housing Office and the Daily Bruin's classifieds for listings. In addition, there are housing listings in the LA TimesCraigslist, and through professional listing services, such as www.westsiderentals.com. Please note that housing at UCLA is limited and you should apply early.


Change of Address

If your email and/or mailing address changes you must update your contact information at UCLA log on. Please also make sure to contact Roxy Naranjo via email at rlnaranjo@ph.ucla.edu with your address change. It is EXTREMELY important that we have your most current addresses. All future announcements will be sent to you via email.

Fall 2022 Important Academic Dates

Please visit the UCLA Academic Calendar for a full list of important due dates and deadlines.

Quarter begins

Monday, September 19

Instruction begins

Thursday, September 22

Study list deadline (becomes official)

Friday, October 7

Veterans Day holiday

Friday, November 11

Thanksgiving holiday

Thursday-Friday, November 24-25

Instruction ends

Friday, December 2

Common final exams

Saturday-Sunday, December 3-4

Final examinations

Monday-Friday, December 5-9

Quarter ends

Friday, December 9

Christmas holiday

Friday-Monday, December 23, 26

New Year’s holiday

Friday-Monday, December 30-January 2

Winter campus closure



Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars (Foreign Students)

The Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars (DCISS) is located at 417 Charles E. Young Dr. West, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1379, (310) 825-1681. DCISS office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Please visit the DCISS home page for more information. ALL international students must register for and attend one of the following MANDATORY New Intl Student & Scholars Orientation (NISSO) during the fall quarter at UCLA. These Orientations focus on how you, as an international student, must maintain your visa status while at UCLA.

Please register and plan to attend ONE of the following NISSO Sessions by going to DCISS.


ESL Placement Examination (MANDATORY EXAM for International Students)

You must take the ESL Placement Examination (ESLPE) at UCLA if you are a non-native speaker of English and you are new to the United States. If you are a non-native speaker of English but you are not new to the United States, you may also be required to take the ESLPE (for example: if you were required to submit a TOEFL score when you applied to UCLA, you will need to take the ESLPE.) You should take the ESLPE before the Fall 2022 quarter begins. To register for the exam, visit the ESLPE web page.

ESLPE Schedule for Fall Quarter 2022 will be coming shortly, please visit regularly ESLPE to check. (You must be registered for ESLPE in order to take the exam.)


Test of Oral Proficiency (TOP) 

The TOP exam is designed to test oral English ability of international graduate students as they pertain to Teaching Assistant duties. These duties may include, but are not limited to, conducting discussion sections and/or labs, holding office hours, and interacting in English with undergraduate students in the course of normal TA duties. It is not designed to test teaching skills or knowledge of subject matter. International graduate students must pass the TOP exam before working as a TA in any department at UCLA. Please visit the UCLA Center for the Advancement of Teaching for more information and test dates.


Useful Links


Student Employment Opportunities

Almost all doctoral students are able to find employment in the form of stipends, fellowships, or employment related to their field (e.g. Special Readers, TA's, Graduate Researchers). Many Master's students are also able to find employment, especially after they have completed their first quarter or if they have completed certain courses (such as Biostat 403A and M403B). Two positions, GSR (Graduate Student Researcher) and SR (Special Reader), may also carry fee remissions from 80% to 90% in addition to the standard salary pay. If you are seeking employment as a SR in the Department of Biostatistics, you should apply at least six weeks before the beginning of the quarter to ensure that you receive full consideration. To apply for SR positions, you must complete a Special Reader Application. To apply for GSR positions you must complete a GSR Application (Application for Part Time Employment). Completed applications must be submitted to Roxy Naranjo in 51-254 CHS (Biostatistics Office), via email: rlnaranjo@ph.ucla.edu. Please visit the Biostatistics website to obtain the application for all Student Employment.

You may also apply for positions in any other department on campus by contacting the department representative directly. Please visit the following site for information on campus opportunities: http://www.gdnet.ucla.edu/gss/ase/index.html. The Biostatistics Graduate Student Affairs Officer, Roxy Naranjo, will also forward you any emails of job opportunities that are available.

Your applications are kept by the department for only one quarter, so if you are seeking work, make certain to submit a new application for each quarter you wish to work.


Study Cubicles for Biostatistics Students

The Department of Biostatistics is very excited to offer office space rooms for Biostatistics graduate students, A1-228 CHS and A1-227 CHS. Graduate students may use this as study rooms during SPH building hours. Assignments to cubicles are reviewed annually at the beginning of the fall quarter. Students are asked to fill out an application and priority is given to students who do not have other office space within reasonable walking distance of the Fielding School of Public Health. Students who are not assigned a cubicle can use any cubicle as long as the student that is assigned to the cubicle is not using it. Please see Roxy Naranjo during the second week of fall quarter for more information at 51-254A CHS.


Student Mailboxes

Each student has their own mailbox in the Biostatistics Department Main Office – CHS 51-254.


Additional Links


Congratulations and welcome to the Biostatistics Department in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health!

For questions, please email me at rlnaranjo@ph.ucla.edu.