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Master of Science

The MS program provides students with a strong foundation in statistical analysis and its application to the field of health sciences. Our MS program provides students with the tools and expertise to work on critical research projects, clinical trials, and epidemiological studies. Graduates of our MS program have excellent job prospects in healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, government agencies, and research institutions. Graduates are in high demand as they play a pivotal role in implementing valid statistical tools in the analysis complex health data, contributing to better decision-making, improved patient outcomes, and advancements in public health practices.

"I was attracted to the biostatistics graduate program by its small size and its location in Nashville. My two years as an MS student gave me a great foundation in statistical methods and collaboration skills that are valuable to employers in many different fields." Elizabeth McNeer, MS 2018, Senior Biostatistician, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Degree Requirements

  • Earn 30 didactic credits
    • 8 core courses and associated labs, if any
    • 4 or more elective courses and associated labs, if any
  • Enroll in BIOS 7999 (Master’s Thesis Research), typically for 0 hours
  • Fulfill the responsible conduct of research (RCR) requirement
    • Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) training
    • BIOS 8004 (Ethical Principles and Practices for Biostatisticians) or IGP 8004 (Responsible Conduct in Research)
  • Maintain an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  • Attend 80% of department seminars
  • Submit an MS thesis and present it to thesis committee
  • Submit publication plan

See the program handbook for more information.

Typical Schedule

Year 1
Fall Spring
BIOS 6311 and BIOS 6311L BIOS 6312 and BIOS 6312L
BIOS 6341 and BIOS 6341L BIOS 6342 and BIOS 6342L
BIOS 6301 BIOS 6321 or elective
BIOS 6306 IGP 8004 if BIOS 8004 not taken
BIOS 8004 Series 1 comprehensive examinations
Year 2
Fall Spring
BIOS 7351 BIOS 7352
Electives Electives
BIOS 7999 BIOS 7999
Thesis presentation

See the course descriptions page for more information.