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 MS in Biostatistics is a 30-credit hour program completed in 3 semesters. Students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in biostatistics are encouraged to complete and defend a thesis in an optional 4th semester of study.


Program Overview

The MS curriculum 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, epidemiology, an elective biostatistics course, and an independent study in which students work on a collaborative project in statistical data analysis with a university investigator. The optional thesis is completed 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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