Biostatistics M.S. in Professional Science

The Biostatistics M.S. offers training in the statistical methods applied to biomedical and health-related fields. These methods involve using mathematics to solve real-world problems that influence health. Some statistical areas of study could include clinical trials, experimental design, categorical and longitudinal data analysis, and survival analysis. 

A career in biostatistics is very rewarding and continues to increase in demand. Forbes Magazine listed Biostatistics as the #1 master's degree for 2017.  

  • Careers as biostatisticians 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.

  • 36 credit hours total, including capstone internship and business management courses

  • Skills developed in mathematics to solve real-world health related problems.

  • Business management skills prepare students for long-term career growth in the healthcare field.  

As a Master of Science in Professional Science (MSPS) degree, the Biostatistics M.S. combines leading-edge, advanced science classes with graduate-level business management courses designed to enhance career success.  Instead of a thesis, students complete a complex, capstone internship.  Over 70% of our MSPS students receive job offers from their internship.  


For more information, or to set up an appointment to discuss this program, contact Dr. Yeqian Liu, Biostatistics Program Coordinator.  

Program Requirements

Students must be accepted in to the Master of Science in Professional Science program. Candidates must complete 36 hours in the following course of study:

Required Business Core Courses – all MSPS students (15 hours)

  • BCED 6820 - Managerial Communication 3 credit hours  
  • BCED 6910 - Internship Program* 3 credit hours  
  • ACTG 6100 - Accounting and Legal Issues for Managers 3 credit hours  
  • MGMT 6740 - Leadership and Motivation 3 credit hours  
  • STAT 5140 - Probabilistic and Statistical Reasoning 3 credit hours  

Concentration Courses (21 hours)

Required (12 hours)

  • STAT 6160 - Advanced Mathematical Statistics I 3 credit hours  
  • STAT 6180 - Advanced Mathematical Statistics II 3 credit hours  
  • STAT 6510 - Biostatistical Methods 3 credit hours  
  • STAT 6520 - Advanced Biostatistical Methods 3 credit hours  

9 hours from the following:

  • STAT 5700 - Analysis of Large-Scale Data Sets
  • STAT 6020 - Introduction to Biostatistics
  • STAT 6602 - Problems in Statistics-Regression Analysis 3 credit hours  
  • STAT 6603 - Problems in Statistics-Nonparametric Statistics 3 credit hours  
  • STAT 6604 - Problems in Statistics-Experimental Design 3 credit hours  
  • STAT 6605 - Problems in Statistics-SAS Programming 1 to 9 credit hours  

*BCED 6910 may only be taken in the second-to-last or final semester of study, after the student has completed at least 21 hours of coursework and BCED 6820.  

For more information, please visit the catalog page for the Biostatistics M.S.


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Suzanne Hicks
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