MS in Biostatistics (2017-2018 Catalog)

Prof. Larry Tang, Coordinator (ltang1@gmu.edu)

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This MS program allows students to specialize in the design and analysis of health-related and biological studies, while maintaining the rigor and technical training of the Statistical Science master's program.

In this degree, students take a statistics core and a "bio" core, involving courses in public health, biology, and clinical medicine (including ethics). It also involves a research core which allows students to solve real data problems in the biological or health area and collaborate with other scientists in an interdisciplinary team. Finally, students will choose from electives in bioinformatics, global and community health, or targeted statistics courses.

This graduate degree prepares students for analyzing difficult data specific to biology and health. The program, with its research core, will also be sufficiently rigorous for students who wish to pursue a PhD in Biostatistics.

Update 2017: The MS in Biostatistics was modified to reduce the total credit hours required by six credits, from 36 to 30 credits. The reduction in credits eliminates a redundancy by allowing students to choose between two research application experiences instead of requiring both.


Admission Requirements

Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.

Coursework in multivariable calculus, matrix or linear algebra, statistics, and calculus-based probability, comparable to the following Mason courses: MATH 113, MATH 114, MATH 213; MATH 203 or MATH 321; STAT 250 or STAT 344; and STAT 346 or MATH 351.

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Degree Requirements (30 credits)

Statistics Core (9 credits)
  • STAT 544 - Applied Probability (Credits: 3)
  • STAT 554 - Applied Statistics I (Credits: 3)
  • STAT 654 - Applied Statistics II (Credits: 3)
Bio Core (9 credits)
  • GCH 712 - Introduction to Epidemiology (Credits: 3)
  • BINF 630 - Bioinformatics Methods (Credits: 3)
  • STAT 560 - Biostatistical Methods (Credits: 3)
Research Core (3 credits)
  • STAT 634 - Case Studies in Data Analysis (Credits: 3)
    OR
  • STAT 798 - Master's Research Project (Credits: 3)

Elective Courses (9 credits)

Choose four courses from the following list.

  • GCH 782 - International Research Ethics and Methods (3 Credits)
  • GCH 806 - Advanced Multivariate Statistics and Data Analysis for Health Care Research (3 Credits)
  • STAT 652 - Statistical Inference (3 Credits)
  • STAT 655 - Analysis of Variance (3 Credits)
  • STAT 657 - Nonparametric Statistics (3 Credits)
  • STAT 662 - Multivariate Statistical Methods Credits (3 Credits)
  • STAT 663 - Statistical Graphics and Data Exploration I (3 Credits)
  • STAT 665 - Categorical Data Analysis (3 Credits)
  • STAT 668 - Survival Analysis (3 Credits)
  • STAT 756 - Alternative Regression Methods (3 Credits)
  • STAT 760 - Advanced Biostatistical Methods (3 Credits)
  • STAT 773 - Statistical Methods for Longitudinal Data Analysis (3 Credits)