MA in Biostatistics

The Master of Arts in Biostatistics program is aimed primarily at students with the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree who wish to pursue advanced study in the theory and methods of biostatistics. The program prepares students to function as collaborators on research projects in academia, industry, or government, and prepares students for doctoral programs in biostatistics or other quantitative areas of health research.

Course Requirements

Students must earn a minimum grade of B– in all courses that are to be applied to the degree. Students in the MA program must complete a total of 32 credits. Course requirements are as follows:

  • CAS MA 575 Linear Models
  • CAS MA 581 Probability or MET MA 581 Probability
  • CAS MA 582 Mathematical Statistics or MET MA 582 Mathematical Statistics
  • SPH EP 770 Concepts and Methods in Epidemiology
  • SPH BS 805 Intermediate Statistical Computing and Applied Regression Analysis
  • SPH BS 852 Statistical Methods for Epidemiology
  • A minimum of 8 credits selected from the list of electives on the program website

Language Requirement

There is no foreign language requirement for this degree.

Comprehensive Examinations

The MA candidate must satisfactorily pass two comprehensive written examinations upon completion of coursework. These will require proficiency in the material covered in the six core courses. Students are allowed two attempts to pass a qualifying exam. The Biostatistics Qualifying Exam Committee will evaluate requests by students to take an exam for the third time on a case-by-case basis.