MS in Biostatistics

Biostatistics: The Best Graduate Degree for Jobs

A master’s degree in biostatistics is the best graduate degree for jobs, according to an analysis in Fortune magazine. Graduates find work in health care, biotech, big pharma, and the life sciences. 

A Master’s Degree in Biostatistics Can Help Save Lives

The MS in Biostatistics will allow students to specialize in the design and analysis of health-related and biological studies, while maintaining the high-quality training of the Statistical Science master's program.

In this degree, students will 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 scientists in an interdisciplinary team. Students will choose from electives in bioinformatics, global and community health, or targeted statistics courses.

This graduate degree prepares students for analyzing 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.

Biostatistics is one of the most popular statistics disciplines for graduate education, according to the American Statistical Association, which outlines the advantages of this MS degree. 

Check the catalog for official degree and admission requirements.

For more information, contact the graduate studies co-directors Wanli Qiao and Martin Slawski.

"I chose to get a master’s degree in biostatistics because of the increased need to evaluate huge amounts of data in the medical industry."

— Runyu Wu, MS Biostatistics ‘16, a research data analyst with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation