|Master of Arts (MA) in Biostatistics|
The MA Program in Biostatistics is jointly administered by the Department of Biostatistics of the School of Public Health and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The MA program is aimed primarily at students who have at least the equivalent of Bachelor of Arts or Sciences degree and wish to pursue advanced study in the theory and methods of biostatistics. The program prepares students to function as collaborators on research projects in academia, industry or government, and prepares students for doctoral programs.
Students who complete the MA program will gain knowledge in probability, statistical inference and hypothesis testing, the design and conduct of experimental and epidemiological studies, statistical computation, and data analysis. Research interests of the 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.
Application for the MA in Biostatistics Program must be completed on the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences website. The deadline for Fall admission is December 15th. We do not have Spring admissions.
Requirements for Admission:
Graduate Programs are jointly administered by the Department of Biostatistics of the Boston University School of Public Health and the Department of Mathematics & Statistics of the Boston University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Program degrees are conferred by Boston University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.
Graduate Research Assistant Scholarship Program (GRASP)
Through the Graduate Research Assistant Scholarship Program (GRASP), we offer a limited number of scholarships in the form of research assistantships to qualified applicants who are accepted into the Biostatistics MA or PhD program. A Research Assistant (RA) position includes full tuition coverage and stipend, paid out monthly. PhD students are given priority for these competitive positions, which are based on faculty need, grant funding, and individual qualifications of each applicant. Both domestic and international applicants are eligible. Research and statistical computing experience are helpful but not required. Excellent English communication skills are required.
Although we try to fund all qualified students accepted into the program, we cannot guarantee funding. If you are interested in being considered for an RA position, select that you wish to be considered for financial aid on your admission application. We do not offer Teaching Assistantships at this time.
Program of Study
To earn the MA degree, students are expected to complete 32 credit hours with grades of at least B- in every course.
Required Core Courses
The remaining two courses (8 credits) are selected from elective courses in biostatistics and epidemiology at the School of Public Health or the Graduate School Mathematics Department:
For a complete list of required and elective courses, visit http://www.bu.edu/academics/grs/programs/biostatistics.
It is expected that students take courses from both the Biostatistics Department in the School of Public Health and the Mathematics & Statistics Department in the College of/ Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Upon completion of coursework, each student must pass Qualifying Examinations.
Additionally, students must demonstrate proficiency in reading the biostatistical literature in at least one foreign language. International students may use English to fulfill the language requirement. Students who have not previously completed at least two years of study in foreign language at the undergraduate level or the equivalent must make up the deficiency through coursework or examination.
For complete information on the MA in Biostatistics Program of Study, please review our Handbook and the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Bulletin.
MyHanh Tran, Curriculum Coordinator
Department of Biostatistics
801 Massachusetts Avenue 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02118