Master of Science Degree in Statistics,
Concentration in Biostatistics
Preparation
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, 500level or graduate mathematical sciences courses may be substituted with the approval of the graduate adviser in biostatistics.
Core courses 

Biostatistics concentration courses 

6 units from the following electives 

All of the following 

Other requirements
Advising.
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.
Thesis option.
With approval of the graduate adviser and the faculty member who will chair the thesis
committee, the student may choose Plan A and complete three units of Stat 799A. The
chair of the thesis committee must be a faculty member from the division of statistics
in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. One of the other two 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). The student must pass an oral
defense of the thesis, open to the public.
In other cases, Plan B will be followed. Students who choose Plan B are required to complete three additional units of 600 and 700numbered statistics courses, not including Stat 799A, and pass a comprehensive written examination. Policy and procedures for the Plan B examination are documented and available from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.