MS in Biostatistics

The Master of Science 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.

Learning Outcomes

A candidate for a Master of Science degree in Biostatistics is expected to demonstrate mastery of knowledge in biostatistics by:

  • Demonstrating mastery at a master’s level of biostatistical theory and application through high achievement in coursework and on written comprehensive examinations.
  • Demonstrating commitment to advancing the values of scholarship by keeping abreast of current advances within biostatistics and showing commitment to personal professional development through engagement in professional societies and publication.
  • Conducting scholarly work in a professional and ethical manner guided by the principles of the profession.

Course Requirements

Students must earn a minimum grade of B– in all courses that are to be applied to the degree. Students in the MS 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 BS 805 Intermediate Statistical Computing and Applied Regression Analysis or SPH 806 Multivariable Analysis for Biostatisticians
  • SPH BS 852 Statistical Methods for Epidemiology
  • SPH EP 770 Concepts and Methods in Epidemiology
  • SPH PH 700 Foundations of Public Health
  • 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 MS 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.