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.
- Biological Science:
Courses in at least three of the following four areas
Mathematics and Computer Science
- Multivariate Calculus
- Differential Equations
- Elementary Linear Algebra
- Introdution to Programming
- Organic Chemistry
- Statistics Component (14 credit hours)
Statistical Computing Component (3 credit hours)
- Stat 562 Statistical Analysis
- Stat 660 Statistical Inference I
- Stat 662 Applied Linear Models
- Stat 664 Design of Experiments I
Biological Sciences Component (6 credit hours)
- Stat 680 Topics in Statistical Computing
Elective Component (3 credit hours)
- Two approved 500-level biological sciences courses.
Internship Component (5 credit hours)
- An approved 500-600 level course from Statistics or Biological Sciences.
- Stat 712 Professional Field Experience
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
Department of Statistics
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Telephone: (269) 387-4540
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