Master of Science in Professional Science [Biostatistics]

Program Coordinator: Dr. Lisa Bloomer-Green
Kirksey Old Main 201B
Graduate Analyst: Anita Hermes

Biostatistics, a concentration within the Master of Science in Professional Science program, provides training in statistical methods that can be applied to biomedical and health-related fields. These methods involve using mathematics to solve real-world problems that influence health. Statistical areas of study include clinical trials, experimental design, categorical and longitudinal data analysis, and survival analysis. Graduates will ideally work in professional settings including health care agencies; governmental agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Environmental Protection Agency; and the pharmaceutical industry.

Middle Tennessee State University, in conjunction with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, is offering the Master of Science in Professional Science degree program. The MS-PS is a new type of two-year degree in the sciences and mathematics that equips people for work in public and private business enterprises (or corporate America) and in academia. The goal for this degree is to enhance the interface between science and business by providing strong degrees which emphasize expertise in both of these areas.

The Masters of Science in Professional Science combines the business management skills commonly found in the traditional MBA type program with advanced learning in specific science fields. The Professional Science Masters (as it is commonly called) includes a business core with specific concentrations in the areas of actuarial sciences, biostatistics, biotechnology, engineering management, geosciences and health care informatics.

Application Procedures:

To be admitted to the Master of Science in Professional Sciences program,
a student must submit the following to the College of Graduate Studies:

  1. submit application with the appropriate application fee (online at;
  2. submit official transcripts from all collegiate institutions attended;
  3. submit three letters of reference;
  4. submit an official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) report. A composite GRE score of 286 (current scale) or 900 (former scale) is expected for consideration for unconditional admission.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Science in Professional Science with a concentration in Biostatistics requires

  • an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college with a course in multivariate calculus with a grade of C (2.00) or better and a course in linear algebra with a grade of C (2.00) or better;
  • basic competency in word processing, electronic mail, library retrieval systems, presentation graphics, spreadsheets, and databases;
  • the appropriate undergraduate preparation for advanced study of biostatistics.


Submit Application Materials to:

College of Graduate Studies
MTSU Box 42
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Test Codes for Middle Tennessee State University:
INFS - 6ZR-KJ-37
MBA (Full-time) - 6ZR-KJ-25
MBA (Part-time) - 6ZR-KJ-52
GRE 1466
MAT 1751
Praxis 1466
TOEFL 1466