MS in Biostatistics

This is a brief description of the Master of Science (MS) in Biostatistics More details of this program can be found in the graduate catalogue or by contacting the advisors who are listed at the end of this document.
Program prerequisites:

  1. Biological Science:
  2. Courses in at least three of the following four areas
  3. Mathematics and Computer Science
  4. Chemistry:
  5. Physics:

  1. Statistics Component (14 credit hours)
  2. Statistical Computing Component (3 credit hours)
  3. Biological Sciences Component (6 credit hours)
  4. Elective Component (3 credit hours)
  5. Internship Component (5 credit hours)
At the end of the first year, MS students must pass the Statistics Department Graduate Examinations (DGE), a written exam on the material covered in the two first year sequences. If a student fails this exam, he/she can retake it but they must eventually pass it to get a MS degree.

Post-DGE students may choose to do an internship during one semester of their second year. This usually involves work for a firm under the supervision of a statistician. Internship positions are generally limited. Students are encouraged to seek internship opportunities themselves, independently or in cooperation with Statistics faculty members. In the past, some internships have turned into permanent job opportunities.
Advisor for the Master of Science in Biostatistics Programs
Michael Stoline
Department of Statistics
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Telephone: (269) 387-4540

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