100% of our 2020 graduates were employed or continuing their education within 6 months of graduation
Biostatistics is at the root of all major advances in public health and biomedical sciences.
Boston University's MS in Applied Biostatistics is a one-year master's degree program that prepares graduates to take on challenging roles in this life-changing field. Biostatistics—the branch of statistics used in biomedical research, biology, and public health—deals with measuring and tracking the impact of public and global health initiatives.
Biostatisticians work with multidisciplinary teams to design, analyze, and summarize data from experimental science and genetics, clinical trials, and observational studies. Their work is compelling because it helps to distinguish real patterns from randomness and ultimately leads to sound decisions that promote better health and higher quality of life around the world. Job prospects for biostatisticians are robust and track the projected growth of health care. A master's degree from the School of Public Health at Boston University can turn your curiosity about biostatistics into a lifelong journey of discovery.
This program can be completed on a full or part-time schedule. Full-time students complete the program in one year, while part-time students, taking one to two courses per semester, can complete the biostatistics degree in 24 months on average.
How the MS in Applied Biostatistics Works
Our innovative one-year MS program will provide you with comprehensive training in biostatistical methods, real-world experience through rotations and internships, and the opportunity to start building your professional network in Boston and beyond. In this influential program, you will:
- Gain knowledge in probability and statistical inference.
- Learn to design and conduct experimental and epidemiological studies.
- Build skills in statistical computation, data analysis, and advanced statistical modeling techniques.
- Work with faculty on pioneering research projects, such as modeling of genetics of common diseases and understanding the long-term effects of traumatic brain injuries.
Full and Part-time Options
Biostatistics adds up to terrific job prospects, a great salary, and proven job satisfaction.
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Complete your degree within 12 months.
Part-time students take 1-2 courses per semester and complete the program in 24 months on average. Contact the program director(s) for more information.
The complete list of courses, description of practical training through rotation and internships, and a list of faculty can be found in the 2020-2021 handbook.
- biomedical research enterprises
- pharmaceutical companies
- contract research organizations
- local and national government agencies
- research positions in associations, foundations, NGOs, and nonprofit organizations
100% of our 2019 graduates were employed within 6 months of graduation.
In order to be admitted to the Master of Science in Applied Biostatistics, you must hold a bachelor’s degree or be on track to complete your bachelor’s degree prior to enrollment. Eligible students must have one year of college-level calculus, including multivariable calculus and one formal course in linear algebra (with a minimum of 2 credits).
No GRE score required. For complete admission requirements including important deadlines, please visit our Admission Requirements page.
Next Steps to Earning Your MS in Applied Biostatistics Degree
Let’s get the conversation started on your future as a biostatistician. Reach out to us today at firstname.lastname@example.org or617-358-4095 for information on admission eligibility, degree requirements, deadlines, and application information.
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Scholarships are available for the MS in Applied Biostatistics degree program. Visit our Funding Inside BU page for more information.
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