M.S. 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
VariousBiostatistics Electives28
Semester Total11
Degree Total30 (32)


Spring 2PHST 666Master's Thesis Research6
Semester Total36
Degree Total
36 (38)

  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 offered by the Department of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics:

                            PHST 603                     Biostatistics Public Health Practicum I
                            PHST 620                     Introduction to Statistical Computing
                            PHST 640                     Statistical Methods for Research Design in Health Sciences
                            PHST 675                     Independent Study in Biostatistics
                            PHST 682                     Multivariate Statistics

    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.

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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