M.S. Sample Curriculum

SemesterCourse No.Course TitleCredits
Fall 1PHST 661Probability3
PHST 680Biostatistical Methods I3
PHST 624Clinical Trials I2
PHPH 523Public Health in the U.S.1(2)
Semester Total8 (10)
Spring 1PHST 662Mathematical Statistics3
PHST 681Biostatistical Methods II3
PHST 684Categorical Data Analysis3
PHST 625Clinical Trials II2
Semester Total11
Fall 2PHST 683Survival Analysis3
PHST ---Biostatistics Elective23
PHEP ---Epidemiology Elective33
PHST 675Independent Study in Biostatistics2
Semester Total11
Degree Total30
Spring 2PHST 666Master's Thesis Research6
Semester Total6
Degree Total with Optional Thesis36
  1. PHPH 523 fulfills an accreditation requirement that all graduates from the School of Public Health and Information Science receive foundational instruction in public health. The two credit hours for this course do not apply toward the degree total for either option. Other coursework in public health, prior or current, may fulfill this requirement
  2. The biostatistics elective is chosen with the approval of a faculty advisor, typically from courses offered by the Department of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics (PHST courses)
  3. The epidemiology elective is chosen with the approval of a faculty advisor from courses offered by the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health (PHEP courses)


Students in the 3-semester, non-thesis MS fulfill their degree requirements after the Fall semester of the second year of study. The above curriculum is a sample curriculum and does not reflect the experience of all students, particularly part-time students

Consult the full MS program curriculum for more detailed information on our MS degree, including important information on the requirements for preparing and delivering the optional thesis. You can also browse through theses from past students at our recent graduates page.


The MS in Biostatistics is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.  To learn more about the accreditation of the School of Public Health and Information Science, visit the accreditation page.

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