Master of Science in Biostatistics

The Master of Science (MS) degree prepares students for careers as professional biostatisticians in industry, government, or academia. Students in our program receive training in:

Design of research studies, with particular focus on clinical trials
Data management and statistical computing
Modern descriptive, graphical, and inferential statistical methods, with focus on generating statistical results meaningful to lay audiences
Communication and collaboration with scientific investigators
Foundational statistical theory and basic research in statistical methodology

The Standard Track for the MS in Biostatistics is a 30-credit hour program completed in 3 semesters either face-to-face or fully online. Students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in biostatistics are encouraged to declare for the Thesis Track and defend a thesis in a 4th semester of study (face-to-face students only).

Program Overview

The MS curriculum for both tracks covers probability, statistical theory, and biostatistical methods in the first year along with biostatistics concentration courses in clinical trials and categorical data analysis. The fall semester of the second year includes courses in survival analysis and elective biostatistics courses. The Thesis Track includes the preparation and defense of a thesis in the spring semester of the second year.

We encourage you to take a detailed look at the curriculum to get familiar with the MS degree. If you are interested in applying to the MS program, be sure to review our admission requirements.  Feel free to send us an e-mail if you have any questions about our MS program.


The School of Public Health and Information Sciencesis accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.  To learn more, visit the accreditation page.

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