Prospective Students

There are three degrees you can obtain in Biostatistics at Boston University:

  • a Master of Arts in Biostatistics (MA),
  • a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Biostatistics (MPH), and
  • a Doctor of Philosophy in Biostatistics (PhD).

To learn more about these degree programs, how to apply, and information on financial aid, use the links on the right side menu.

Why Biostatistics?

Biostatisticians work in all aspects of industry, government, and academia. To provide multifaceted expertise, there is a tremendous need for adequately trained biostatisticians who are able leaders, teachers, and collaborators on clinical and basic science research projects. There is a shortage of biostatisticians who are adequately trained with the necessary skills to address the complexity of biological models, to effectively use bioinformatics tools, and aid in the development of effective targeted therapies.

Employment prospects are excellent. The National Institute of General Medical Sciences clearly acknowledges this through its funding to train biostatisticians.  More than half of the jobs advertised on American Statistical Association are for biostatisticians either in academia or industry, and the shortage of biostatistics graduates continues to be high. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projected in 2008 a 10% growth demand of statisticians in the next eight years. All evidence points toward a continued and growing demand for biostatisticians with strong theoretical, applied and computational skills.