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Master of Science Degree in Statistics,

Concentration in Biostatistics


Before entering the program, the student should have completed the following.

  • 3 semesters of calculus
  • 1 semester of linear algebra
  • 1 semester of probability theory
  • Working knowledge of a programming language

Students lacking some of the above undergraduate coursework may be admitted conditionally and may make up this coursework during the first year of the program (these courses will not be counted toward the degree course requirements).

Required Courses (31+ units)

The student must complete a minimum of 31 units of coursework as described below.  Core courses and biostatistics concentration courses must be completed with no grade less than B in each course. If the student has an undergraduate degree in an area of application of biostatistics, 500-level or graduate mathematical sciences courses may be substituted with the approval of the graduate adviser in biostatistics.

Juanjuan Fan
Juanjuan Fan

Core courses
  • Stat 610 - Applied Regression Analysis (3 units)
  • Stat 670A - Advanced Mathematical Statistics (3 units)
  • Stat 670B - Advanced Mathematical Statistics (3 units)
Biostatistics concentration courses
  • Stat 680A - Advanced Biostatistical Methods (3 units)
  • Stat 680B - Advanced Biostatistical Methods (3 units)
6 units from the following electives
  • Stat 520 - Applied Multivariate Analysis (3 units)
  • Stat 560 - Sample Surveys (3 units)
  • Stat 580 - Statistical Computing (3 units)
  • Stat 596 - Advanced Topics in Statistics (3 units)
  • Stat 672 - Nonparametric Statistics (3 units)
  • Stat 673 - Time Series Analysis (3 units)
  • Stat 676 - Bayesian Statistics (3 units)
  • Stat 677 - Design of Experiments (3 units)
  • Stat 678 - Survival Analysis (3 units)
  • Stat 696 - Selected Topics in Statistics (3 units)
  • Stat 700 - Data Analysis Methods (3 units)
  • Stat 701 - Monte Carlo Statistical Methods (3 units)
  • Stat 702 - Data Mining Statistical Methods (3 units)
  • Stat 795 - Practicum in Statistical Consulting (3 units)
All of the following
  • 6 units of graduate level or approved 500-level courses from a science of application to biostatistics,
    (e.g., bioscience, health science, or medical science)
  • Stat 720 - Seminar (1 unit)

Other requirements

Upon entry to the program, the student will be assigned to a graduate adviser in statistics. Thereafter, the adviser will meet with the student each semester and discuss his or her academic program. 

Program of study.
The program of study, to include a plan for removal of any conditions on admission, must be approved by the graduate adviser.

Plan A (thesis option) and Plan B (non-thesis option).
The thesis option (Plan A) requires approval of the graduate adviser and the statistics division faculty member who will chair the thesis committee. One of the members of the thesis committee must be a faculty member from a science of application of biostatistics (i.e., bioscience, health science, or medical science). Students who choose Plan A must include Stat 799A in the 31-unit program and are required to pass a final oral examination on the thesis, open to the public. In most cases, Plan B will be followed. Students who choose Plan B are required to complete three additional units of 600- and 700-numbered statistics courses, not including Stat 799A, and pass a two-part comprehensive written examination. Policy and procedures for the Plan B examination are documented and available from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.