Requirements and Curriculum

The master’s of science degree requires a minimum of 36 credit hours of coursework. Additional program requirements include participating in a practical training project, and preparing a written paper about the project which you will present and defend as a final oral exam.

View the Graduate Student Handbook for complete information.

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Required Courses

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated. 

Students are required to take the following Public Health course:

CHB 550 Public Health and Population Well-Being

*For those students interested in the PhD program, STA 521 is the preferred course.

Elective Courses

Supervisory Committee

Throughout your program, you will rely on your supervisory committee for guidance and assistance. This committee, which must be appointed before your third semester of study, will:

  • Advise you
  • Check on qualifications and progress
  • Evaluate your written report and oral presentation satisfying the practical training requirement (see below)
  • Conduct the final oral exam

Your committee must include three faculty members from the Department of Biostatistics. You are strongly encouraged to add a fourth member from outside the department in your second year, ideally one associated with your practical training project.

Students will register for STA 601 Project Guidance (1 - 6 credits) with their major professor

STA 601 Project Guidance (3 credits)

An essential component of our program is the practical training experience which helps you apply your skills learned in the classroom to real data. This requirement—which must be for at least one semester in length—can be satisfied by working with a faculty member in a consulting or collaborative research setting or by participating in an internship that has been approved by your advisor and supervisory committee.

To complete this requirement, you will present and defend a detailed written report of your data analysis project to your supervisory committee for evaluation at a final oral exam.

Thesis Option

Learn more about the requirements if you select the MS program with the thesis option.

Questions about program requirements or curriculum?

Contact Noreen McGuire, academic program coordinator, at or (716) 829-6142.