University of Vermont

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College of
Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Department of Mathematics & Statistics

MS in Biostatistics

Degree Requirements

The department offers both a thesis option and a non-thesis option within the MS degree in Biostatistics.

Under both plans, students must have or acquire a knowledge of the material in Biostatistics 211, attend the regular colloquium series and participate in the Statistics Student Association Journal Club as part of their training. The comprehensive examination covers knowledge acquired in the core courses of the program.

Thesis Option

This is a 30-hour program requiring 24 semester-hours of course work. The program must include:

  • Biostatistics 200, 221, 223, 231, 229 or 235, 251,261, 350;
  • plus 6 semester hours of approved thesis research (Bios 391).
Non-Thesis Option

This is a 33-hour program requiring 30 semester-hours of course work. The program must include:

  • Biostatistics 200, 221, 223, 231, 229 or 235, 251, 261, 350;
  • other 200/300 level statistics courses (except 211, 241, 381, 308), or (if approved) other courses in mathematics, quantitative methods, or specialized fields of applicaiton;
  • plus 3 semester hours of either approved statistical research (Stat 381) or statistical consulting Stat 385).

Under the non-thesis option, students will be expected to take major responsibility for a comprehensive data analysis or methodological research project, and are encouraged to present the results from the project.