Masters of Science in Biostatistics (MSIBS)

Program overview

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Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine’s Division of Biostatistics offers the Master of Science in Biostatistics (MSIBS) degree program. This 18-month, 42 credit hour program is designed to train students as critical thinkers and analysts in the discipline of biostatistics. We seek those with undergraduate or higher degrees in quantitative sciences (mathematics, statistics, computer science, biomedical engineering or a closely related field).

Students choose between a traditional Biostatistics or Statistical Genetics pathway and are immersed in hands-on learning to acquire skills in areas such as statistical programming, genetic epidemiology, bioinformatics and study design. All students will enroll in the required core courses, and will select a pathway after the first summer semester based on their interests and experience.

Our School of Medicine is one of the top ranked medical research institutions in the nation. Internationally renowned faculty from multiple disciplines will teach and mentor students providing opportunities for multidisciplinary approaches to their education. Students will enroll in an internship working in a research department or center on campus.

Part-time employment opportunities including Research Assistantships are frequently available (though not guaranteed) both within the Division of Biostatistics as well as elsewhere on the Medical School campus.  Students may apply for these opportunities upon completing the first full-time summer semester.

In the final semester of study, students have the option to either take additional elective courses or enroll in the Mentored Research course.