### 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.