MSIBS Overview

Program Overview

MATT MILLER/WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

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).

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). Internationally renowned faculty from multiple disciplines will teach and mentor students providing opportunities for multidisciplinary approaches to their education. Students are engaged in projects all across the School of Medicine.

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, computational methods, 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.

Pathway Courses

     Biostatistics – Introduction to Epidemiology, Survival Analysis

     Statistical Genetics – Human Genetic Analysis, Computational Statistical Genetics

In the second summer semester, students will enroll in the Internship having an opportunity to work with an innovative and world-renowned research center on campus. In addition to building relationships with distinguished faculty, students will also interact and learn from established analysts at Washington University outside of the biostatistics division including opportunities through research assistantships.

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

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.