Prepare for a Career at the Forefront of Public Health
Some of us are called to ask the big questions in life. Biostatisticians ask these questions and find the life-changing answers through scientific research and in-depth statistical analysis.
How it Works
Our Master of Arts (MA) program, which is jointly administered by the Department of Biostatistics of the School of Public Health and the Department of Mathematics & Statistics of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, will provide you with comprehensive training in statistical theory and application to position you well for future doctoral studies or starting your career as a practicing biostatistician, all while beginning to build your professional network in Boston. In this comprehensive program, you will:
- Gain advanced knowledge in probability, statistical inference and the theory of linear models.
- Learn to design and conduct experimental and epidemiological studies.
- Build skills in statistical computation, data analysis, and advanced statistical modeling techniques.
- Be an active part of the department of biostatistics community, with frequent opportunities to participate in research projects, departmental seminars and interact with a vibrant student community.
The growing healthcare field needs qualified professionals with the knowledge, skillset, and hands-on experience to drive research forward and provide the statistical data to launch the development of new cancer drugs, genetic testing, cutting-edge surgical procedures, and more. Job prospects for biostatisticians are on the rise, and BU’s MA in Biostatistics will prepare you for a successful career in:
- Biomedical research enterprises
- Pharmaceutical companies
- Contact research organizations
- Local and national government agencies
- Research positions in associations, foundations, NGOs, and nonprofit organizations
Additionally, the MA in biostatistics provides outstanding preparation to continue your studies in a top Ph.D. program.
You will learn from the best. Our accomplished, practicing faculty publish the cutting-edge research that puts public health innovation in motion. Research interests of our accomplished faculty include multivariate analysis, survival analysis, medical statistics, clinical trials methodology, statistical genetics, robust statistics, longitudinal data analysis, time series, regression, estimation theory, and the design of experiments.
A limited number of merit scholarships and assistantships are offered to students enrolled in the MA program. Most of our students fund tuition and expenses through savings or loans. Please visit the GRS financial aid page for available fellowships and scholarships and SPH’s Financing your Education page for potential internal and external funding opportunities.
All requests or questions related to admissions and financial aid should be sent to email@example.com. Applicants should not directly contact faculty members regarding admissions or funding opportunities.
At a Glance
Complete your degree within 15 months.
|Fall I||Spring I||Fall II|
|CAS/MET MA581 Probability||CAS/MET MA582 Mathematical Statistics||CAS MA575 Linear Models|
|BS805 Intermediate Statistical Computing and Applied Regression Analysis||BS852 Statistical Methods for Epidemiology||Biostatistics or mathematics elective – 4 credits|
|EP770 Concepts and Methods in Epidemiology||Biostatistics electives – 8 credits|
|Biostatistics elective – 4 credits||Take MA Theory Exam||Take MA Applied Exam|
Part-time students take 1-2 courses per semester and can complete the program in 24 months.
To earn the MA degree, students are expected to complete 32 credit hours with grades of at least B– in every course.
About the School
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