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Biostatistics Masters Program

The master’s degree program in biostatistics is designed to provide graduate students with essential quantitative training necessary for public health, biomedical research, and consultation service. Students completing the program will be well-prepared to design experimental studies and analyze data in several areas in the sphere of clinical and biomedical investigations. Required courses concentrate on the principles of study design, methods for analysis of biomedical data of the continuous, categorical and mixed types from clinical experiments and from observational studies. Elective courses are offered in analytic methods for longitudinal data, genomic and genetic data, and censored data.


40 credits are required

  • 13 credits of required biostatistics courses
  • 6 credits of required epidemiology courses
  • 1 credit of research integrity
  • 13 credits of electives in biostatistics or statistics
  • 3 credits of electives in epidemiology
  • Plan A
       4 thesis credits
  • Plan B
       Additional 3 credits elective
       1 credit Independent Study

2-6 years, courses can be completed in 2 academic years, but a student has up to 6 years to complete and defend a master’s thesis

Fall & Spring Semesters

Year-long non-credit workshops run by the Graduate School "Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) series". For more information and registration see: http://grad.msu.edu/rcr/


Typical 2 year schedule of courses is listed below.

1st Fall:

  • EPI 808B Advanced Biostatistics (3 credits, required)
  • Epi 810 Introductory Epidemiology (3 credits, required)
  • EPI 817 Epidemiology of Communicable Diseases (3 credits, or other elective)

1st Spring:

  • EPI 826B Categorical Data Analysis (3 credits, required)
  • EPI 828 Seminar in Responsible Conduct of Research (1 credit, required)
  • LCS/EPI 829 Design of Epidemiological Studies and Clinical Trials (3 credits, required)
  • EPI requirement or elective

2nd Fall:

  • EPI 853B Statistical Computing (3 credits, required)
  • or STT461 Computations in Probability and Statistics (3 credits)
  • EPI 855 Biostatistical Modeling in Genomic Data Analysis (3 credits, required)
  • EPI 952 Duration and Severity Analysis (3 credits, elective)
  • EPI 828 Seminar in Responsible Conduct of Research (1 credit, required)

2nd Spring:

  • EPI 856 Statistical Consulting (1 credit, required)
  • EPI 920 Advanced Methods in Epidemiology and Applied Statistics (3 credits, elective)
  • EPI 899 Thesis Research (4 credits required, Plan A only)
  • Additional 3 credits elective (Plan B only)
  • 1 credit Independent Study (Plan B only)

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