Admissions Requirements

The deadline for applications is January 31, 2018. Instructions for completing the application can be found here.

Admission to MSIBS generally requires at least an undergraduate major in a quantitative field (ideally mathematics, statistics, biostatistics, computer science, or biomedical engineering). Students at different points in their careers may wish to apply to the MSIBS program (including those with some graduate school experience in a related field with sufficient mathematics/statistics background). The following individuals may be interested in applying to the MSIBS program:

  • Recent recipients of at least a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, statistics, biostatistics, computer science or biomedical engineering from an accredited institution
  • Individuals with degrees in other (related) disciplines with an excellent background in mathematics/statistics who seek to gain expertise in biostatistics

Other Recommendations: Students entering the program with background limited to quantitative sciences will benefit from a basic human biology and/or a basic genetics course. All prospective students must provide evidence of basic skills in computer programming through coursework or documented experience. A comprehensive list of required and recommended prepatory courses is available here.

In most cases MSIBS degree students should be able to devote full time to the Program (entering the Program in July and graduating in December of the following year). However, part-time accommodations will be made for students who require it. Such arrangements should be discussed with the Program Manager. Part-time students will be allowed 3 years to complete the program.

Students are only admitted to the program annually for entry in the summer semester due to the required sequence of courses. Contact the MSIBS Program Manager at or by telephone at (314) 362-1384 if you have any questions.