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Degree Requirements & Course Schedule (MS)

Graduation requirements for a Master of Science (MS) in Biostatistics:

  • Complete 8 core courses with grades of C- or better in each course.
  • Complete at least 4 approved elective courses.*
  • Earn credit for a minimum of 30 semester hours. Students typically need 44 semester hours to complete the course requirements.
  • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 (B) or better.
  • Complete at least four courses (12 credit hours) of elective courses in statistical or biomedical subject matter.
  • Pass the MS / first PhD comprehensive examination at the MS level.
  • Submit a master’s thesis detailing an original investigation in an area of biostatistics. The investigation may be theoretical or applied in nature and must represent a master’s level depth of inquiry and understanding.
  • Present thesis findings in a departmental seminar.

Year 1 (MS)

Fall Spring
1st Year Comprehensive Exams (End of May)
Principles of Modern Biostatistics Modern Regression Analysis
Fundamentals of Probability Contemporary Statistical Inference
Introduction to Statistical Computing Clinical Trials (or equivalent elective)
Introduction to Study Design-

Year 2 (MS)

Fall Spring
Thesis Research and Presentation
Advanced Regression Analysis I (L&GLM) Advanced Regression Analysis II (GLM &LDA)
Statistical Collaboration in Health Sciences - Part I Statistical Collaboration in Health Sciences - Part II
Applied Survival Analysis Regression Modeling Strategies (or equivalent elective)
Thesis ResearchThesis Research

* Students working to earn an MS in Biostatistics concurrently with a PhD in a related field may be eligible for a waiver of the elective course requirement.