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MS in Biostatistics

The Master of Science in Biostatistics educates students in the basic methods of mathematical and applied statistics for health data analysis. Through courses in epidemiology and related subjects, students become familiar with the general areas of public health to which statistical methodologies may be applied. Coursework includes mathematical statistics and probability theory, applied and theoretical multivariate methods, stochastic processes, basic epidemiology, and demography, enabling the student to assist in the application of statistical theory to applied statistical problems.

Program Competencies
  • Define and use the principles of probability and mathematical statistics to guide the selection and application of data analysis methods.
  • Apply descriptive and inferential methodology based on study design in solving research questions.
  • Design experimental and observational studies for research projects, addressing specific questions in statistics or in an applied field.
  • Interpret and effectively communicate research results orally and in writing.
Admission Requirements

Students applying to the Master of Science in Biostatistics program must meet the school's general admission requirements and submit materials per the application requirements.

In addition to the school's admission requirements, the department requests the following from applicants:

  • A baccalaureate degree with a B+ average is required. Courses in calculus and linear algebra are required
  • A career statement indication the applicant's reasons for choosing the Biostatistics program
  • Current curriculum vitae or resume
Degree Program Requirements

The MS degree in Biostatistics requires a total of 42 credits that includes:

Biostatistics - Required Courses (18 credits)

  • BIOS 6040 Intermediate Biostatistics (3)
  • BIOS 7060 Regression Analysis (3)
  • BIOS 7080 Design of Experiments (3)
  • BIOS 7150 Categorical Data Analysis (3)
  • BIOS 7250 Principles of Sampling (3)
  • BIOS 7300 Statistical Methods for Survival Data Analysis (3)

Biostatistics - Required Course Options (minimum 15 credits)

Students are required to choose 15 credits worth of Biostatistics courses at the 6000 level or beyond, excluding BIOS 6030. Students should choose these courses in consultation with their advisor. 

Mathematics - Required Courses (6 credits)

  • MATH 6070 Introduction to Probability (3)
  • MATH 6080 Introduction to Statistical Inference (3)

Epidemiology - Required Course (3 credits)

  • EPID 6030 Epidemiologic Methods 1 (3)


Students must successfully complete a thesis. The thesis is a supervised work of scholarship in the area of statistical methodology.  The results will be presented orally and in writing. The project will be supervised by a thesis director who is a faculty member of the Global Biostatistics and Data Science Department, and approved by at least one other member of the Biostatistics faculty. The master’s thesis must be completed within a year of completion of the required courses.

Contact Us

Department Chair: John Lefante, PhD

Program Director: Sudesh Srivastav, PhD

Department Administrator: Kathleen Branley


Phone: (504) 988-2102

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