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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


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.

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