Master of Science in Biostatistics

Master of Science in Biostatistics

Master of Science in Biostatistics at the University of Louisville Online

Ongoing innovation in a variety of industries creates the need for skilled statisticians and bioinformatics professionals to drive evidence-based decisions in medicine, nursing, public health, commerce, and engineering. The online Master of Science in Biostatistics program at UofL equips professionals to meet this growing demand by providing state-of-the-art training in designing research studies and applying modern statistical analysis.

The MS in Biostatistics program offers coursework 100% online to make the program available to the widest possible field of applicants including international students and those already working as statisticians.

The Facts


School of Public Health & Information Science

Department of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics


100% online (available internationally)


12 courses (32 credit hours)


$714 per credit hour

  • Rigorous statistical analysis program emphasizing medical, dental, nursing and healthcare applications
  • Extensive training in statistical computing and data management in the SAS, SPSS, and R statistical software programs
  • Open to individuals with a bachelor’s degree and mathematics course work including Calculus II and Linear Algebra
  • One of the only comprehensive biostats programs in the nation
  • 100% employment rate for alumni of the face-to-face program
  • Can be completed in as few as 3 semesters
  • Transfer up to 6 credits from a regionally-accredited institution

Career Outlook

Biostatistical analysis is in high demand in a variety of sectors. Graduates pursue their careers with:

  • Pharmaceutical corporations
  • Insurers
  • Medical researchers
  • Government agencies (FDA, NIH, Census Bureau)
  • Universities and research institutions
  • Hospitals and cancer centers

In 2016, statisticians earned a median annual salary of $80,500 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The field is projected to experience a staggering 34% growth rate from 2014-2024.

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