M.S. Curriculum

The following list details the courses taken under all tracks for the MS degree. Students in the Standard and Bioinformatics tracks complete 30 credit hours of coursework, and students in the Thesis track complete an additional 6 credit hours of thesis research. A course map for full time students in the standard track detailing course sequencing semester-by-semester can be found here, while a sample course map for part-time students can be found here.


Course No.Course TitleCredits
PHST 661Probability3
PHST 662Mathematical Statistics3
PHST 680Biostatistical Methods I3
PHST 681Biostatistical Methods II3
PHPH 523Public Health in the U.S.1(2)
Total12 (14)


Course No.Course TitleCreditsCourse No.Course TitleCredits
PHST 624Clinical Trials I2BIOC 545Biochemistry I3
PHST 625Clinical Trials II2PHST 710Advanced Statistical Computing I3
PHST 684Categorical Data Analysis3PHST 655Basic Statistical Methods for Bioinformatics3
PHST 683Survival Analysis3PHMS 641Data Mining I3


Course No.Course TitleCredits
PHST 666Master's Thesis Research36

  1. PHPH 523 fulfills the 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 PHPH 523 do not accrue toward the 30 hours required for either track of the MS degree completion. Students with a prior degree and/or coursework in a public health field or substantial experience in the public health workforce may be relieved of this requirement, per approval of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
  2. Electives are chosen with the approval of a faculty advisor. Students are typically encouraged to select electives from among the following courses:

    PHST 603     Biostatistics Public Health Practicum I
    PHST 620Introduction to Statistical Computing
    PHST 640Statistical Methods for Research Design in Health Sciences
    PHST 675Independent Study in Biostatistics
    PHST 682Multivariate Statistics
    PHST 683Survival Analysis
    PHST 684Categorical Data Analysis
    PHEP 648Data Management and Analysis for Epidemiology I
    BIOC 547Biochemistry II
    BIOC 603Special Topics in Biochemistry
    BE 540Machine Learning and Medicine

    Subject to the approval of a faculty advisor, students are also welcome to choose elective courses outside of the department in fields related to biostatistics, such as Mathematics, Epidemiology, and Computer Science. Students seeking to pursue elective coursework outside the department are responsible for ensuring they have met the prerequisites for these courses.
  3. Students wanting to maintain full-time status may enroll in additional courses in the second spring semester to reach 9 credit hours.

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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