### 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:**

- Biological Science:
Courses in at least three of the following four areas
- Ecology
- Genetics
- Physiology
- Microbiology

- Mathematics and Computer Science
- Multivariate Calculus
- Differential Equations
- Elementary Linear Algebra
- Probability
- Introdution to Programming

- Chemistry:
- Organic Chemistry
- Biochemistry

- Physics:

**Coursework:**

- Statistics Component (14 credit hours)
- Stat 562 Statistical Analysis
- Stat 660 Statistical Inference I
- Stat 662 Applied Linear Models
- Stat 664 Design of Experiments I

- Statistical Computing Component (3 credit hours)
- Stat 680 Topics in Statistical Computing

- Biological Sciences Component (6 credit hours)
- Two approved 500-level biological sciences courses.

- Elective Component (3 credit hours)
- An approved 500-600 level course from Statistics or Biological Sciences.

- Internship Component (5 credit hours)
- Stat 712 Professional Field Experience

**DGE:**

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.

**Internship:**

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

email: stoline@wmich.edu

Telephone: (269) 387-4540

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