Master of Science in Biostatistics and Data Science (MSBDS)

Program overview

The Master of Science in Biostatistics and Data Science (MSBDS) is offered by the Division of Biostatistics in the School of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis. The School of Medicine is consistently ranked in the top ten for medical research as determined by US News and World Report and is well funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Known for being at the forefront of medical research and primary care, the School of Medicine engages students in research and practical training so they can contribute to improving health outcomes.  Our program trains students as critical thinkers and collaborators in Biostatistics and Data Science. We seek those with undergraduate degrees in quantitative sciences (mathematics, statistics, computer science, informatics, biomedical engineering or a closely related field).

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Our 18 month, 42 credit hour program is designed to teach students how to review, analyze and interpret health data using statistical and data science approaches. Internationally renowned faculty from multiple disciplines, including Biostatistics, Genetics, Informatics, Medicine, and Public Health, will teach and mentor students providing opportunities for multidisciplinary approaches to their education. Our program offers a unique training experience that combines core data science learning in statistical and computational methodologies with practical training  in real-world data analysis of cutting-edge biomedical and genomics research for a new generation of quantitative scientists.

Students are immersed in hands-on learning to acquire skills in statistical programming, genetic epidemiology, biostatistics, bioinformatics, biomedical informatics, and biomedical data mining. Students will choose either a 6 credit hour internship or mentored research experience over the last two semesters of study to solidify their in class learning and its application.

In addition, with the cutting edge biomedical research being highly funded by the National Institutes of Health and other funding agencies, part-time employment opportunities including Research Assistantships are frequently available throughout Washington University in St. Louis, including the Division of Biostatistics.  Students may apply for these opportunities upon completing the first full-time summer semester.

The university is located in St. Louis, Missouri, a culturally diverse, fun-filled and affordable city.  Health insurance, access to public transportation and the university’s athletic complex are included at no extra cost.