The goal of the MS program is to prepare students to function as a biostatistician or biostatistical consultant. Upon completion of the MS in Biostatistics the student will have an extensive understanding of biostatistical theory and practice and will be proficient in the application of statistical methods to one or more areas in the health sciences.
At completion of the MS program in Biostatistics the graduate should be able to:
The program consists of 36 credit hours including collaborative research experience, annual evaluations and the successful completion of the Masters General Examination.
The course plan consists of 27 credit hours from required Biostatistics core courses which includes 3 credit hours of Collaborative Research Experience. This requirement ensures the completion of a research component through collaborative effort within or external to the Department.
A minimum of 9 credit hours in Elective courses is also required. Elective credits include a minimum of three and a maximum of six credit hours in approved courses from outside the department and a minimum of three and maximum of six credit hours in Biostatistics electives. Biostatistics electives can be chosen from the list of elective classes and the required PhD courses.
Required Biostatistics Core Courses (27 credit hours)
Students are evaluated each April by their graduate advisor and the director of the graduate program. These evaluations provide feedback to the student regarding the progress that they are making in a variety of areas: meeting program requirements, classroom performance, and research performance.
Masters General Examination: The Masters General Examination is given after a student’s third full semester in residence, assuming the completion of the following courses: Mathematical Statistics I & II, Statistical Computing, Design and Analysis of Experiments, Regression, and Categorical Data Analysis. The examination has three purposes: to assess the student’s strengths and weaknesses; to determine whether the student should be awarded the MS degree; and, if it is a degree goal, to determine whether the student is prepared to continue into the PhD program.
For questions regarding the MS in Biostatistics program, contact:
Jackie Jorland, BS
Jo Wick, Ph.D.
Assistant Director of Graduate Education, Department of Biostatistics